Sticking with the punk theme from last week, I thought I’d share this classic track from The Clash. Not just because the bassline is excellent, but because the photo that goes with it has become iconic in its own right.
Paul Simenon is in the process of smashing his bass – presumably at the end of the gig – and I think the image has such powerful energy and makes a statement all on its own.
I played this track with a covers band a few years back, and had it as my ringtone for ages (I now have an AC/DC tune, but that’s for another week!). For all that the bassline is a classic, and is so much fun to play, I can also state from experience that if the guitarists don’t play with some attitude the song becomes a bit bland. The song is crying out to be played with passion, with a swagger, and if you don’t play it that way it loses a lot of its power.
I should probably state for posterity that, for all I like(d) punk, I was never a massive fan of The Clash. They just didn’t seem to “do it” for me in the same way that other bands – notably SLF, the Sex Pistols, The Damned or Siouxsie and the Banshees – did. It’s almost heresy to admit that, according to some fans, but we all like what we like, right?
Anyhow, here it is: enjoy!