Best band of all time. Can’t hit that 5 hard enough. Got me into punk, ska, reggae etc. London Calling is my favourite album, just a complete spectrum of what band like that could be, politically aware, visceral, thoughtful, melodic, fun. I still listen to it at least once a week. The debut and GEER are fucking great too and Sandinista and Combat Rock are at worst very very good.
A lot of their best songs, as richie said, weren’t singles, so I’ve voted for White Man… but if I could it’d be Rudie Can’t Fail, a perfect almagm of their influences and what would be their influence. Most of the bands you like probably wouldn’t exist without The Clash (don’t @ me). The greatest. A big fat 5.
Gone for a four, the highs are staggering but there is quite a bit that leaves me colder. Rock the Casbah does my head in and ska is a bit of a general blind spot for me. Guns of Brixton is better than most other music.
May have a listen to Sandinista! later on - don’t think I’ve ever heard the whole record, so could edge the score up.
Agree they’re the best. One of the greatest melting pot kind of bands where they brought so many influences and ideas into their music and made them all magically work. Who else could write such a wonderful anti-imperialist calypso pop song as Washington Bullets? Them capturing my teenage brain is probably the main reason I’m a big lefty. Any fan should also check out Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros because he continued to be awesome.
Sound System has some nice extended* versions from Combat Rock, an album that was really harmed by being edited to be more concise.
That live album (forget the name) has an incredible version of Straight To Hell