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Week 33 – TBT 2017 – London Calling


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! 

London Calling – The Clash

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Week 1 – TBT 2017 – Spellbound

Dee has been doing a Throwback Thursday (#tbt) post for quite some time, so I thought I’d try to do the same for 2017. Think I can do better than my attempts at an image a day in 2016? I have a couple of weeks catching up to do, but I’m sure I’ll manage it!  

This track was one of my absolute favourites when I was growing up, and I still love it. The 12″ mix is a belter as you get a longer drum break in the middle, but I’m not complaining.  Sit back, crank the volume up to 11 and enjoy!

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Spellbound