So, yeah, I know I’ve mentioned this song before, but when I was out for a run this morning listening to my iPod both the Clash and the Ramones came up in rotation (“Police On My Back” and “I Wanna Be Sedated,” respectively), and it hit me: What you really need today is a double dose of punk. Because it’s Friday, after all, and who doesn’t need a double dose of punk, any day of the week. It’s like an IV-bag full of black coffee and a cold hard slap in the face. And I mean that in a good way.
So, I give you a minute-long full-metal-’70s cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Only Band That Mattered. Or matters, depending on your perspective. The only thing wrong with this song is that there’s not more of it. The Clash Wiki says their cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” “[w]as played live during 1978, where the band would segue it into the end of Police & Thieves” and “[a] live performance from Le Stadium, Paris 1978 is included as a hidden track on the promotional album Rockers Galore.” So we got that goin’ for us. Which is nice.
The video posted above is one of at least a half dozen live recordings of “Blitzkrieg Bop” you can find on YouTube, all of which are roughly the same length and all of which seem to be truncated at either the beginning or the end. I chose this one because the sound is marginally better that the others. Emphasis on marginally. I just wish there was a longer version because … I mean, holy hell (pardon the expression) it’s the Clash doing the Ramones, fer Chrissakes.
But it does give me the opportunity to add this, from Joe Strummer and the Mecalaros:
Yeah, I know. I posted that before too. But, come on. It’s awesome.
And, just because it’s my blog and I can do what I want, here’re the Ramones at the end of their storied career, doing it the way nobody else ever could:
So there you go. Your Friday Clash Song: The Clash + the Ramones = Unmitigated Awesomeness.
Turn. It. Up.