Like: Late Period Clash

This era (pretty much 1980 on) was regarded as a weird period for The Clash where they kind of went New Wave and really keyed into the Reggae/Calypso influences. It turned off a good deal of their hard-core punk base and sounded distinctively like they were selling out (beyond that which the hardcore fans claimed before). The thing is it was probably their most interesting creative period. I especially like the way the upbeat, synth tones “clashed” with gruesome/frank/bold nature of their lyrics. The two best examples of this are Somebody Got Murdered and Washington Bullets. For example:

“Oh! mama, mama look there!
Your children are playing in that street again
Dont you know what happened down there?
A youth of fourteen got shot down there
The kokane guns of jamdown town
The killing clowns, the blood money men
Are shooting those washington bullets again

As every cell in chile will tell
The cries of the tortured men
Remember allende, and the days before,
Before the army came
Please remember victor jara,
In the santiago stadium,
Es verdad – those washington bullets again”

-Washington Bullets, Sandinista!


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