🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Clash

Morning! Time to move on to yet another HGATR!

Here’s the leaderboard after Taylor Swift

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
Otis Redding 4.34
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Stevie Wonder 4.17
PJ Harvey 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Blondie 3.73
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Blur 3.61
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Madonna 3.4
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.3
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Jay-Z 3.14
Taylor Swift 3.14
The Rolling Stones 3.09
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3
Girls Aloud 2.93
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.6
Eminem 2.38
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05

And let’s now turn to today’s act

The Clash then, whaddya reckon?

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  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

Best album

  • The Clash
  • Give 'Em Enough Rope
  • London Calling
  • Sandinista!
  • Combat Rock
  • Cut The Crap

0 voters

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Best single

  • London Calling
  • Rock The Casbah
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go
  • I Fought The Law
  • (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Bankrobber
  • The Call Up
  • Complete Control
  • White Riot
  • Remote Control
  • Tommy Gun
  • Clash City Rockers
  • English Civil War
  • Hitsville U.K.
  • Know Your Rights
  • This Is England
  • This Is Radio Clash
  • Train In Vain

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Assuming we ignore the 1985 version of The Clash, I’m not sure how they can be anything other than a 5.

London Calling is probably the best record of all time for me.

Singles-wise it’s difficult as some of their best songs weren’t singles, but Rock the Casbah might just edge it.

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^this. A thousand times.

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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.

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It’s funny how Sandanista got a lot of stick for being too weird and eclectic, it’s almost a quaint thing to complain about now. Always enjoyed the whole thing, aside from maybe 2 tracks

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Super Black Market is an amazing compilation

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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.

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Backing vocals on this <3

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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.

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Washington Bullets might be my favourite Clash song. On some days.

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It was certainly good value! I’d agree that there’s only a handful of songs I skip. The weird kiddy karaoke version of Career Opportunities springs to mind :smiley:

Also, Hitsville UK is one of my favourite Clash songs. It’s madly poppy and I can see why it might have alienated some of the old punks, but it’s brilliant.

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Aye, the Mescaleros album was great. I saw the live twice when Joe was doing a live mix of that album and some old Clash favourites. Among my favourite gigs of all time.

haha Hitsville is glorious. Maybe 2 songs was generous - thinking back there was two kiddie choir versions alone. But there’s some really cool stuff even on Side ‘4/6’ or whatever it was.

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Are there any rarities or sessions of theirs worth finding? Got all the records and super black market clash but hungry for more

4 for me Clive. Barber off to listen to London Calling

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

*not ‘extended’ so much as left alone

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“From Here to Eternity”! What an opener:

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