The Clash

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Rakst á þessa tónleikaupptöku af The Clash í­ New Jersey, en seinna lagið – Julie´s Been Working for the Drug Squad – kemst lí­klega á topp-5 listann yfir uppáhalds Clash-lögin. Önnur sem koma til greina væru t.d. Spanish Bombs, Guns of Brixton, English Civil War og vitaskuld Lost in the Supermarket.

Annars hef ég alltaf verið hrifnastur af Give´Em Enough Rope af öllum breiðskí­fum The Clash.

Þegar Joe Strummer lést fyrir nokkrum árum skrifaði Mark Steel frábæra grein í­ minningu hans:

Tony Blair once praised „bands such as The Clash“ for creating a much undervalued source of exports. … I’ve never liked Blair, but I’ve never despised him as much as I did in that moment. Every soulless fraudulent icy pore in his body was illuminated in that statement, from a man who, if he lived to be a thousand, would never comprehend how most human beings are driven by higher ideals than poxy import/export ratios. I suppose that Blair’s a fan of Shakespeare as well, on account of how he improved the balance of payments in the budget of 1601 by becoming a leading exporter of soliloquies.

The sadness in Joe Strummer’s death is not that he was an icon for a generation – that’s relatively easy. It’s that 25 Thatcher- and Blair-dominated years later, Strummer was still fuelled by his original passions, principles and humility. Better to be a king for 25 years than a schmuck for a lifetime.

Megi Tony Blair og Moggabloggið svara til saka gagnvart Brixton-byssunum…

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  1. Já svo er það skemmtileg staðreynd að það var einmitt í­ minningu Joe Strummer vinar þí­ns sem uppáhalds sjóðurinn þinn Kolviður er stofnaður. Þetta gerðu Valli í­ Fræbbblunum og co. til að heiðra minningu hans, enda hafði Strummer komið eins verkefnum á fót úti í­ heimi.

    Þarna er komið annað tilefni fyrir þig til að vera ánægður með Strummer.

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