Monday, February 26, 2018

A Little Jump of Electrical Shocker

The Clash : Clash City Rockers

On the week of February 26, 1978 The Clash entered the U.K. Top 50 chart at 35 with the single "Clash City Rockers"/ "Jail Guitar Doors". "Rockers" uses a guitar line nicked from The Who's "I Can't Explain " to welcome fans to the cult of The Clash ("Nothing stands the pressure of the clash city rockers") and name check David Bowie, Toaster Prince Far I and the disgraced Gary Glitter. "Jail Guitar Doors" is Mick Jones's tribute to three guitar heroes who had been jailed : the Mc5's Wayne Kramer ( for selling cocaine to undercover agents), Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green (for threatening his accountant with a shotgun) and Keith Richards ( for possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking).

The single would peak no higher than U.K. #35.

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