Friday, February 22, 2013

Your Friday Clash Song: Crime And Punishment Edition

Apropos of yesterday’s post on crime and punishment, “Somebody Got Murdered” from Sandinista! (1980):
While riding in a car

Some ol’ guy takes a swig

And passes back the jar

But where they were last night

No-one can remember

Somebody got murdered

Goodbye, for keeps, forever
Or, perhaps more on point, here’s a live version of the Clash doing Junior Murvin’s “Police And Thieves”:

(I actually think the live performance is better than the studio version on the UK and US editions of The Clash.)
And, of course, “Police On My Back,” originally from Sandinista!:

Which leads, of course, to “Ghetto Defendant,” from Combat Rock (1982):

And, finally, to “Bankrobber,” which was released in 1980 as the B-side to the “Train In Vain” single and on the Black Market Clash compilation that same year. Because fuck, yeah, that’s why!

I could go on like this all day … but you know what to do.
Your Friday Clash Playlist.
Turn ’em all up!

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