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Speakers' corner
London Calling

Following up our retroscope series of 2006 and 2007 - here's the New Speakers' corner! Luna Kafé's focused eye on great events, fantastic happenings, absolute milestones, or other curious incidents from the historic shelves/vaults of rock. This moonth we're setting the Lunar spotlight on a 30 year old, a Londoner, with a gang of four who had a smashing time. Presenting a variety of styles and genres at once, fueled with streetwise attitude and energy for sure. "This is London calling..."

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The Clash
London Calling
CBS/Epic

Released in the UK on 14 December 1979 in the UK, but put on hold until January 1980 in most of the rest of the world. A double LP at the price of a single one. Released two weeks after The Wall by Pink Floyd (also a double LP, at the price of a double) and three weeks after Metal Box by Public Image Limited (aka PIL, three 12 inch EPs in a, you guessed it, metal box, at the price of about a triple LP album). All three were hailed among the best albums of both the 1970s and the 1980s...

Now every cheap hood strikes a bargain with the world
Ends up making payments on a sofa or a girl
Love 'n' hate tattooed across the knuckles of his hands
The hands that slap his kids around cos they don't understand...

How death or glory, becomes just another story
Death or glory, becomes just another story

'n' every gimmick hungry yob digging gold from rock'n'roll
Grabs the mike to tell us he'll die before he's sold
But I believe in this - and it's been tested by research
He who fucks nuns will later join the church

Death or glory, becomes just another story
Death or glory, becomes just another story

Fear in the gun-sights
They say lie low
You say ok
Don't wanna play the show
Now all you're thinking
"Was it death or glory now?"
Playing the blues of kings
Sure looks better now

Death or glory, just another story?
Death or glory, just another story?

From every dingy basement, on every dingy street
Every dragging handclap over every dragging beat
That's just the beat of time - the beat that must go on
If you been trying for years - we already heard your song

Death or glory, becomes just another story
Death or glory, just another story?

We gonna march, a long way
Fight, a long time
We got to travel, over mountains
Got to travel, over seas
We gonna fight, your brother
We gonna fight, till you loose
We gonna raise, trouble
We gonna raise, hell

We gonna fight, your brother
Raise, hell

Death or glory, becomes just another story
Death or glory, becomes just another story

Death or glory, just another story?
Death or glory, becomes just another story

(Mick Jones and Joe Strummer)

Death
Guy Stevens - producer: 13 April 1943 - 29 August 1981
Joe Strummer aka. John Graham Mellor - songwriter, guitarist, singer: 21 August 1952 - 22 December 2002

Glory
The album secured the band a place in eternal rock'n'roll history, not only in eternal punk rock history.

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