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Friday, February 23, 2007

CUT THE CRAP!

Martin on The Clash's much-maligned "Cut the Crap" album. I never much liked The Clash, but I'll def. be getting a copy of this.

The mention of cheapo synths and the phrase "sounds like the opening credits to some godawful 80s Rambo-esque action movie" immediately took my fancy. And then, by coincidence, Loki on Big Audio Dynamite earlier today.

2 Comments:

At 7:12 am, Blogger St. Anthony said...

The great thing about hyming Cut The Crap is that it would wind up the Clash purist. I always liked 'This Is England' ... which, along with Strummer's remarks defending English footie hooligans abroad, should give any liberal Clashies pause for thought.
The only Clash album I ever liked was the first one, before they went all Yank and rock'n'roll.

 
At 12:13 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Yeah, I liked the first one too (well, mainly the bits that Mick Jones sang on; never liked Strummer's voice particularly), and the "Complete Control" and "White man in the Hammersmith Palais" singles....the 2nd LP was so fucking dreary and dreadful I went off them completely; then "London Calling" etc was so aimed at the US Rawk market...

I just liked Martin's descriptions of "Cut the Crap", of the idea of early 80s synth-led shouty rent-a-mob punk...whereas Jones and BAD were embracing white-boy Hip-Hop/sample culture and trying to exit Punk asap before they looked unfashionable (did they take the Clash's ex-art/fashion-school stylists with them?), Strummer seemed unable or unwilling to move beyond simplistic Punk/Rebel Rock sloganeering, but as a concession to forward-movement (or record company demands that they upgrade), it sounds like he brought in some synths and started going cheesy 80s rawk, albeit with Oi-ish overtones.....it sounds fucking great on paper; that's why I fancied checking it out.

I'd also be extremely interested in checking out the (early 80s again?) Jimmy Pursey/Sham69 LP where he went B-Boy and started using drum-machines and rapping...

 

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