The Clash – ‘London Calling’
Every kid picks up this album for its artwork and discovers so much more when they put it on. This third album from the band was originally released by CBS Records as a double album on 14th December 1979 and was recently reissued to celebrate 40 years of the iconic LP. The Clash recorded it at Wessex Sound Studios in London across August, September and November 1979. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones has suffered writers block leading up to this and recently changed the bands manager so times were turbulent. Moving on from a straight punk sound and bringing in ska, rockabilly, reggae, r&b and anything else they had picked up over the years, they bridged the gap whilst times were changing and post punk was emerging.
Lyrically they kept their roots, talking about what mattered to their fans; unemployment, racial inequality, drugs and social displacement. One of the greatest albums of all time, need I say more?