Posts Tagged ‘The Clash’

4th Of July Playlist


4th Of July Playlist

Here’s my own personal 4th Of July Playlist. I’m sure there are songs you feel deserving of such an endeavor. If so, add them and let me know…


  1. Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land
  2. Ray Charles: America The Beautiful
  3. The Beach Boys: Spirit Of America
  4. Grateful Dead: U.S. Blues
  5. Chicago: Saturday In The Park
  6. John Mellencamp: Pink Houses
  7. Los Lobos: One Time One Night
  8. X: 4th Of July
  9. Aimee Mann: 4th Of July
  10. Bruce Springsteen: 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
  11. Hair Original Cast: Don’t Put It Down
  12. West Side Story Original Soundtrack: America
  13. David Bowie: Young Americans
  14. The Clash: I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.
  15. Devo: Freedom Of Choice
  16. Neil Diamond: America
  17. Paul Simon: American Tune
  18. Johnny Cash: Ragged Old Flag
  19. Jimi Hendrix: The Star Spangled Banner


Edited: July 4th, 2015

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 6/16/12

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Ghetto Defendant” by The Clash

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since The Clash released their last great record “Combat Rock,” and while the record was considered pretty cutting edge upon its release, parts of it haven’t aged well at all. Sure there’s the cheap ‘80s production which can be annoying (but is probably due for some kind of hipster revival in the near future), but tracks like “Overpowered By Funk,” “Death Is A Star” and “Red Angel Dragnet” don’t seem fully realized (and never really did) and sound somewhat clunky today. That said, there is a clutch of classics to be found here: the requisite hits “Rock The Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” that still sound good today, and classic album cuts like “Straight To Hell,” “Car Jamming” and this track. I happened to see The Clash perform five times back in the day, but perhaps the most memorable of the performances was when they played the Pier in New York City in 1982 and were joined by Allen Ginsburg to reprise his role on this song.

Edited: June 16th, 2012

Song Of The Day – 12/22/11






Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Broadway” by The Clash

This song was originally released on their sprawling triple album, “Sandinista.” At the time of its release, it was hailed as a major statement by the band and it received almost unanimous positive reviews. In reality, the record would have made a solid double album with some judicious editing. However, it did meld the group’s British sensibility with the feel of the streets of New York City circa the early 1980s, culminating in their landmark run of NYC shows at Bonds. I was fortunate enough to see them in action five times in the early ’80s. It was nine years ago today (12/22) that we lost Joe Strummer…

Edited: December 21st, 2011

Song Of The Day – 9/27/11

Song Of The Day – “Brand New Cadillac” by Vince Taylor And His Playboys

Even though this song was relegated to the B-Side of the single it was released on in 1959, it has grown in stature due to it being covered by The Clash on their “London Calling” album. It has been said that Taylor provided David Bowie with the model for his Ziggy Stardust character. He was also the brother-in-law to Joe Barbera of Hanna-Barbera fame and it was this connection that led him to visit England and form the Playboys.  His Hanna-Barbera to riches to drugs to religion story is also one of intrigue.

Edited: September 27th, 2011