Wednesday, April 8, 2009

the clash released self-titled debut album 32 years ago today!

it's hard to believe that 32 years have flown by since the clash's self-titled first album was released on april 8, 1977 (i was a sophomore in sheepshead bay high school at the time)! i was (and still am) a huge fan of the clash - and, especially, joe strummer. but, while this album has consistently been given great reviews (then and now), i hesitate to admit that it's not too high on my list of favorite clash albums.

as i mentioned in my earlier post on the "london calling" album, my first clash album was "give 'em enough rope" - which was probably my real introduction to the clash. but my all-time favorite clash album - a masterpiece in my opinion - is easily "sandinista!" well, to each his own, as the saying goes.

"the clash" was actually released in two different versions. the original, grittier, british version, was followed 2 years later, in 1979, by the american release. the newer version had some different material - mainly the inclusion of some post-1977 singles. if you're a die hard fan, stick with the undiluted original (albeit) short version.

in a sad tangent, 17 years later, on april 8, 1994, kurt cobain's dead body was discovered (he had committed suicide w/a shotgun a few days earlier).


ChickenUnderwear said...

I remember their introduction at the Pallidum in 80.They were introduect as "The Most Important Band", they were.

This link gave me goose bumps.

rundangerously said...


can you believe we lived thru those times :D

ChickenUnderwear said...

Thanks for puttin "Clash City Rockers" back in my head for the day.

Pam said...

This makes me feel old ... I too remember when they hit the radio. Hard to believe it was 32 years ago!