The Clash: Bankrobber
On August 3, 1980, "Bankrobber", a new single from The Clash, debuted on the UK Charts at #60. Produced by reggae great Mikey Dread, who mixed Paul Simonon's bass up high in the mix, the non-album single would peak at UK#12.
To promote the album, The Clash made the low budget video below. Roadies Baker and Johnny Green are wearing masks in the open and 40 years before a worldwide pandemic what could be more suspicious? Police questioned the pair who thought they might actually be the real thing.
LESTER BANGS TEN FAVORITE SINGLES OF 1980:
Au Pairs: “Diet”/”It’s Obvious” (021 import);
Teenage Jesus & the Jerks (Migraine EP);
Mars (Lust Unlust EP);
The Mekons: “Snow” (Red Rhino);
The Clash: “Bankrobber” (CBS import);
Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown” (Casablanca);
Ramones: “I Wanna Be Sedated” (RSO);
Was (Not Was): “Wheel Me Out” (ZE/Antilles);
Public Image Ltd.: “Memories”/”Another” (Virgin import);
Bush Tetras: “Too Many Creeps” (99).