Clash – London Calling

20 Aug

London Calling
January 1980
Epic Records

Joe Strummer – lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
Mick Jones – lead guitar, piano, harmonica, lead and backing vocals
Paul Simonon – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on The Guns of Brixton
Topper Headon – drums, percussion

1. London Calling
2. Brand New Cadillac
3. Jimmy Jazz
4. Hateful
5. Rudie Can’t Fail
6. Spanish Bombs
7. The Right Profile
8. Lost In the Supermarket
9. Clampdown
10. The Guns of Brixton
11. Wrong ‘Em Boyo
12. Death or Glory
13. Koka Kola
14. The Card Cheat
15. Lover’s Rock
16. Four Horsemen
17. I’m Not Down
18. Revolution Rock
19. Train In Vain

London Calling is the third studio album by The Clash. It was released in the United Kingdom on December 14, 1979 by CBS Records and in the United States in January 1980 by Epic Records. London Calling is a post-punk album that incorporates a range of styles, including punk, reggae, rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock.

The album’s subject matter included social displacement, unemployment, racial conflict, drug use, and the responsibilities of adulthood. The album received unanimous acclaim and was ranked at number eight on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. London Calling was a top ten album in the UK, and its lead single “London Calling” was a top 20 single. It has sold over five million copies worldwide, and was certified platinum in the United States.

Rating: *** three out of three stars.

On to the story . . .

Right out of high school I interned with a barber. A very large man that was born in raised in Mexico, by the name of Tom Saucida (I’m not sure about the spelling).

Anyhow, it was during this time that I reconnected with a friend from High School named Stef Bobrick. Once out of high school – I pretty much stopped talking to everyone. As it turns out a friend from grade school that also lived around the block from me started dating Stef. So, somehow I got pulled back into her world. Stef was always fun to be around. Wicked sense of humor.

Almost every weekend there would be a party at Stef’s house. Then one day she said, “No more parties.” Turns out her mom was suffering from some type of paranoia and started leaving tape recorders all over the house.

So, we would all take turns renting hotel room and then once we nailed the room we’d call everyone we knew and throw ragers there. Pass out wherever you were drinking and then at 11:30 jump up and throw all the trash in a Hefty bag and be out by 12:00 check-out time.

Right around this time I started meeting all of Steph’s crew: Elise McMahan, Meredith Wilson (dated two months), Robin (dated a month), and a girl named Sammi (dated a month) and our friend Steph Chatteron from high school (married Mike Palm).

Unlike the other girls no one in my group hit on Elise, to the point where she was sort of annoyed with us. We treated her like a little brother. I think some of the guys were a little intimidated by her. She had a slight air of superiority.

I just found out today that she passed away this past week.

Last time I hung out with her was at a Symbol Six show at the Colbalt Café about a year or so back.

Then, last year right before an Edward Colver art show she texted me and said she was coming to the show, but I would have to be security for her. This whole long story about some stalker that follows her around L.A. and I had to be the buffer.

My funniest memory is her asking Stef, “Why don’t Mike and Chris consider me a girl?”

Because Elise was always one of the guys. God bless.



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2 Responses to “Clash – London Calling”

  1. 1
    eddie cook Says:

    mike~ great album and thanks for the story ~eddie

  2. 2
    Mike E. Says:

    Hey Eddie:

    As always, thanks for reading!

    Mike Essington

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