In honor of my meteoric rise to media stardom, “Capital Radio Two” from the Cost of Living EP (1979) and Super Black Market Clash (1994).
Last July I featured “Capital Radio One,” the original version of this song from the Capital Radio EP (1977). “Capital Radio Two” is a re-worked version with additional lyrics. The Clash Wiki explains:
As well as less tinny production, the re-recording deals with (as does the [sic] The Cost of Living EP itself) the commercialisation of music. As well as a joke acoustic intro, the song has a new coda where Joe unveils a parodic masterplan to get the band’s music played on the radio, which culminates with the band apeing [sic] a quasi-disco sound and Joe spouting hip catchphrases such as “I’m the one that I want!”, an allusion to the song ‘You're the One That I want’ on the then recently released Grease film soundtrack.
Heh. Strummer, man. Always the kidder.
Even better, though, is the live version of “Capital Radio” off From Here To Enternity (1999):
I like the chatter towards the end: “I’d like to hear ‘Wooly-Bully’ by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs …”
That was a thing in the late ’70s/early ’80s. People writing songs about songs on the radio, songs about the radio, songs about deejays … it was a whole radio-centric thing.
You had, of course, Elvis Costello doing “Radio, Radio,” which he famously performed on Saturday Night Live over the objection of Lorne Michaels:
And the Ramones’ “Do You Remember Rock ’n Roll Radio?” from End Of The Century (1980):
Oddly enough, though, Joe’s ad lib from the live version of “Capital Radio” always reminded me of Cheap Trick’s “On The Radio”:
That makes no sense, of course, but who’s the radio star here anyway?
In any event, there you go. Your Friday Clash Song: “Capital Radio Two”:
Hey listen, I’ve been thinking
We’ll never get on the radio like this! …
You know what to do.
Turn. It. Up.