London calling to the faraway towns Now war is declared and battle come down London calling to the underworld Come outta' the cupboard, ya' boys and girls London calling, now don't look to us Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust London calling, see we ain't got no swing 'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing. The ice age is coming, the sun's zoomin' in Meltdown expected, the wheat is growin' thin Engines stop running, but I have no fear Cause London is drownin', I, live by the river. London Calling was The Clash’s first single from their third album London Calling. For the single the band recorded their fifth music video, on Battersea Pier. What have the artists said about the song?
London Calling" is a song by the British punk rock band the Clash. It was released as a single from the band's 1979 double album London Calling. This apocalyptic, politically charged rant features the band's post-punk sound, electric guitar and vocals. The song was written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. The title alludes to the BBC World Service's station identification: "This is London calling. which was used during World War II, often in broadcasts to occupied countries.
Before, the Clash had experimented with reggae, but that was no preparation for the dizzying array of styles on London Calling. There's punk and reggae, but there's also rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock; and while the record isn't tied together by a specific theme, its eclecticism and anthemic punk function as a rallying call.
The Clash recorded this album after returning to England from a short US tour. The band was intrigued by American music as well as its rock'n'roll mythology, so much so that the album cover was a tribute to Elvis Presley's first album. This was recorded at Wessex Studios, located in a former church in the Highbury district of North London. Many hit recordings had already come out of this studio, including singles and albums by the Sex Pistols, The Pretenders and the Tom Robinson Band. London Calling was a double album, but it wasn't supposed to be. The band were angry that CBS had priced their previous EP, The Cost of Living at £. 9, and so in the interests of their fans they insisted that London Calling be a double LP. CBS refused, so the band tried a different tactic: how about a free single on a one-disc LP?
London Calling is the third album from The Clash. The iconic cover photograph of bass player Paul Simonon smashing his guitar to pieces was taken by photographer Pennie Smith at the New York Palladium in 1979. Simonon was reportedly unhappy with the band's performance, and wrecked his guitar during the final song White Riot. He later gave the watch he wore that night to Smith as a present, broken as he swung around his guitar, the hands stuck at ten-to-ten. London Calling (3:20).
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Listen free to The Clash – London Calling (London Calling, Brand New Cadillac and more). London Calling is the third album by English punk rock band The Clash, released 14 December 1979, on CBS Records in the UK and in January 1980 on Epic Records in the United States. The album represented a change in The Clash's musical style, and featured elements of ska, pop, soul, rockabilly and reggae more prominently than in their previously released music. The album's subject matter included unemployment, racial conflict, drug use, and the responsibilities of adulthood
London Calling album bass tab. by The Clash. View official tab. We have an official London Calling tab made by UG professional guitarists. Check out the tab . Backing track. Song Title:London Calling Artist:Clash Album:London Calling Tabber:ffbassplayer E-mail:ffbassplayer 52389o. com Tuning:Standard . 1)London Calling Intro/Outro G- D-.