Revisiting the Clash's American debut: The 45th anniversary of "Give 'Em Enough Rope"

Originally published at: Clash's 'Give 'Em Enough Rope': 45 Years of Rocking Rebellion


Such a great album, but not close to London Calling, which is one of my favourites of all time.


I guess they hated working with Sandy Pearlman as much as he hated working with them.

Still I’ll grant sonically the album hits harder than the first one, even if I tend to like the songs on the first one more (US version.)


There’s a meme I’ve seen floating around that’s like:

15 years old: “Wow the Dead Kennedys are right about everything!”
25 years old: “Actually there’s a lot more nuance, and the world is a lot more complicated than that.”
35 years old: “The Dead Kennedys were right about everything.”

This is 100% me, but with the Clash. In part because they were more nuanced and humanistic than DK, which is probably why I didn’t really start to appreciate them until my early/mid-20s … but at least now I can affirm that, yup, they were right. Like Craig Finn sings in the Hold Steady’s “Constructive Summer” —

Raise a toast to St. Joe Strummer
I think he might have been our only decent teacher


It’s November 11th tho.


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