by Joe Strummer; Mick Jones; Clash (Musical group) Music CD : CD audio : Rock music
Sing Michael, Sing   (2010-09-30)
We couldn't believe it when we heard. A double album ! Isn't that what rock dinosaurs do ? But then they sold it to us for the price of a single album and when we heard it...oh man...that band were having such a good time exploring where they could go you couldn't help but get caught up in it.
"Sing Michael sing
On the roof of a 19 bus"
The Clash's previous album, "Give 'em Enough Rope", had been none too popular after their debut's punk rush so there was an almost "have they lost it" feeling in the air. But the title track put us right on that score and the rest of the album took us on a musical journey through rock 'n' roll, jazz, soul, reggae and a huuuge big piano ballad. All of it had great tunes, you could feel the low slung rebel guitar poses they were pulling and there were lyrics you could quote forever:
"London calling to the faraway towns, Now war is declared - and battle come down"
"I wasn't born so much as I fell out, Nobody seemed to notice me"
"What are we gonna do now?
Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?'
Cause they're working for the clampdown
They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!"
"I've been beat up, I've been thrown out, But I'm not down, I'm not down"
I could go on and on quoting them. Needless to say if you've never heard this album you need to, NOW. And if you haven't listened to it in a while, then go do it, NOW!
My brother and I were fortunate enough to meet Joe Strummer a few months before he tragically left us. That short meeting has left an impression on me that I'll never forget and now I know why I love that man's music so much. We lost one of the greats when Joe went.
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