It's Music Monday here at DouBle B Reviews, and today we're talking The Clash. There is one dude I need to thank for turning me on to them, and that's Benny Early, the bassist for the Seattle punk band The Hollowpoints. It was years ago that I was enjoying a few drinks at what was called The Hollowpoints Headquarters or "HPHQ" (RIP), which was always the house my friends and I stayed at in our trips to the Emerald City. Benny showed me the iconic cover to The Clash's 1979 album London Calling, and at the time, he told me it was his favorite album ever. I knew that I always trust Mr Early's musical tastes, so they were added to my mental list of bands I needed to look into.
Fast forward to April 2011, I had just moved to Cali and had no job, and a lot of time to music. One of the first albums I downloaded was a 2003 compilation album of the bands greatest hits called The Essential Clash. From top to bottom I was hooked. I was surprised how many different songs I knew already, and found that it must be a common occurrence because they had so many different styles to their music. I have heard David Bowie described as a sort of "musical chameleon" and I can see that with these guys, who seemed to pull it off oh so naturally.
The Clash consisted of Joe Strummer on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Mick Jones on lead guitar and vocals, Paul Simonon on bass and vocals, and Nicky "Topper" Headon on the drums/percussion. They formed in 1976, and disbanded in 1986. They were branded "The Only Band That Matters" by their own record label, CBS, and it stuck.
It's the same situation I had with Bruce Springsteen earlier this month, just too many likeable songs to say these are my top five. They are just five favorites, starting with their cover of the Sonny Curtis (who replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after he died, I didn't know that) penned I Fought the Law.