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August 23, 2002


The Clash sell out [Say it ain't so Joe!]
I'm both viscerally pleased and highly amused by the new Jaguar ads featuring the classic Clash song "London Calling." From the corporate point of view, it's a cool hip hard rock song with an English theme to sell their English cars.
fancy Jaguar car and the Jaguar's new whores
The Clash - London Calling

However, it is more than a little funny to hear THIS song from THIS band in THIS context. The Clash, you see, billed themselves as "the only band that matters." By this, they meant they were left-wing political leaders calling the youth of the world to action. They were self-styled communist revolutionaries. They even named the Sandinista! album in honor of their South American comrades. They were the precursors and models of self-styled revolutionary musical crusaders from Public Enemy to Midnight Oil to Rage Against the Machine.

The specific song "London Calling" was 1)their best song, and 2)a communist revolutionary call to arms.
"London calling to the faraway towns
Now that war is declared-and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls"

Cheesy commie posturing aside, this is a great song, a thrill to any true rocker. It's the greatest commie anthem in all of rock music.

And it's all the better now that they have become prostitutes for a big corporation pimping luxury cars. How much more precise a sell-out could they have possibly made?

Strummer and Jones, welcome to the trough, you corporate swine:)

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posted by Al at 8/23/2002 06:37:00 AM

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