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Old 03-30-2003, 06:29 PM   #181
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but I'll take what ever I can get

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Old 04-01-2003, 04:39 PM   #182
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This is the Essential Clash Review from NME, it was good so I thought I'd share:

Clash (1) : The Essential Clash


Without The Clash, NME would be a much drabber place. No Clash = no Nirvana, no Manics, no REM, no U2, no Libertines, no Radio 4, no anyone. Like a punk Marquis Of Queensbury, The Clash set the rules by which all indie/alt bands since have played by. This was a band that fused self-righteous ire and left-leaning political idealism with Mick Jones' love of Faces/Stones/Mott rock classicism, who collaborated with unhinged dub genius Lee Perry when most of their peers were learning their second chord, who weaved rocksteady, R&B and rockabilly into incendiary punk. Most of all they proved that anger and enthusiasm were just as important as - no, more important than - being able to play that tricky suspended fifth.

But do we need another double CD best of? Maybe, just for convenience's sake: the last three albums ('Sandinista!', 'Combat Rock' and 'Cut The Crap') were decidedly patchy. If you want the exhaustive anthology, you're best served by the triple CD 'The Clash On Broadway', but 'The Essential Clash' serves their legacy admirably.

Steering well clear of any surprises - but also any crucial omissions - 'The Essential Clash' traces their various career incarnations as Westway-dwelling squat-punks ('London's Burning'), wistful suburban poets ('Lost In The Supermarket'), dubbed-out doleites ('Guns Of Brixton') and Yank-fixated rebel-rockers ('I Fought The Law'). Yet what comes out is their sheer idealism. Even at their most vitriolic, there was a sense of hope to this band, mostly marshalled by the late Joe Strummer.

Ask anyone: Strummer knew that what bands had to say mattered and that they're capable of changing the world. It was only when they sidelined their beliefs to spend ages attempting to break America that they stumbled. There's a warning there somewhere, Coldplay.

Even now, listening to this compilation sixteen years after split, it's still hard to work out what The Clash's greatest achievement was. Marrying street-level rock 'n' roll to politics without being crushingly worthy? Leading British punk away from its thugoid terrace-chant cul-de-sac? Continually resisting those offers to reform for one last American tour? Signing to a major label with integrity intact? Popularising elasticated post-disco NYC funk-punk? Never appearing on Top Of The Pops? Sporting paramilitary chic and not looking like complete goons? The Clash did it all.
Pat Long


Rating: 10/10
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Old 04-01-2003, 09:27 PM   #183
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I finally saw the Hall of Fame induction ceremony...since I no longer have cable, I had my brother tape it for me. Anyway, I got all teary when the Clash was inducted...it was hard enough watching Lucinda get choked up...oh man.
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I agree LadyLemon, didnt Tom Morello do a great job???? Edge was pretty good too. Easily the best inductors/inductions of the night were done by them.
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I cant stop listening to the Essential Clash, I absolutely and its been the first cd I have bought for myself in a long time
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:33 AM   #186
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adamswildhoney, if you like it that much, you should really look into buying "London Calling". It's easily my favorite album of all-time.

There are so many fantastic songs on that album you dont get on the Essential Clash cd's. If it were up to me, I would have made that thing 3 cds. and had the 3rd cd just be London Calling!!!
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:36 AM   #187
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I actually have been wanting to get "London Calling" for along time but I made myself get the Essential first that way I was sure I loved the music and sound. Its the next cd on my list to get!!!

*starts saving money, wishes Best Buy was in my town*
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And the absolutely smokin' first album. UK or US version is up to you.

UK version - it's the actual album.
US version - it's technically a compilation, but it's f**kin great anway.
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:39 AM   #189
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Yertle, you really get almost all of the first album songs on the Essential Clash cd's, which is pretty cool.

Both cds have 20 songs each! What a great 2 cd set. Great choices too. They all play well together, which is suprising for a compilation cd.

The Clash =
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I'm thinking of buying the Clash (UK), Essential Clash (or the Singles compilation, although that seems a little redundant now) and giving away the US version to my Slipknot loving friend.
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I've got the UK version Yertle
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Lady Lemon, I LOVE your sig!!! George!

I love The Clash almost as much as I love the Beatles. It's very very close. I love London Calling. I've got most of their stuff on LP via my parents, although my lp's don'tt get nearly enough attention as they should.
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I love The Clash almost as much as I love the Beatles. It's very very close. I love London Calling. I've got most of their stuff on LP via my parents, although my lp's don'tt get nearly enough attention as they should.
MiniFly, I am totally down with your choice of bands!! The Beatles The Clash U2
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both UK and US versions are worth having cos they're different enough

the clash=one of my favourite bands ever. same as u2 and the beatles...seems like i'm not the only one
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all that phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust...

Just kidding, of course. I love the Beatles.
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