Clash City Rockers

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About Clash City Rockers

"Clash City Rockers" is a song and single by The Clash. First released in February 1978 with the b-side "Jail Guitar Doors," a re-worked version of a song from Joe Strummer's pub rock days. It was later included as the opening track of the belated US version of the band's eponymous debut album.


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1991
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An' I want to move the town to the Clash city rockers
You need a little jump of electrical shockers
You better leave town if you only want to knock us
Nothing stands the pressure of the Clash city rockers

You see the rate they come down the escalator
Now listen to the tube train accelerator
Then you realize that you got to have a purpose
Or this place is gonna knock you out sooner or later

So don't complain about your useless employment
Jack it in forever tonight
Or shut your mouth and pretend you enjoy it
Think of all the money you've got

An' I want to liquefy everybody gone dry
Or plug into the aerials that poke up in the sky
Or burn down the suburbs with the half-closed eyes
You won't succeed unless you try

You owe me a move say the bells of St. Groove
Come on and show me say the bells of Old Bowie
When I am fitter say the bells of Gary Glitter
No one but you and I say the bells of Prince Far-I
No one but you and I say the bells of Prince Far-I

An' I want to move the town to the Clash city rockers
You need a little jump of electrical shockers
You better leave town if you only want to knock us
Nothing stands the pressure of the Clash city rockers
Rock rock Clash city rockers

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The Clash

The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, dance, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones's departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986. more »

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Written by: JOE STRUMMER, MICK JONES, PAUL SIMONON, TOPPER HEADON

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15 facts about this song

Band Origin
"The Clash" is a quintessential British punk rock band that originated in London in 1976.
Song Release
"Clash City Rockers" was released as a single on 17th February 1978.
Lyrics
The song's lyrics are a reference to Clash City, a nickname they adopted for London, reflecting the band's often political and rebellish themes.
Single B-Side
The B-side to the 'Clash City Rockers' single was 'Jail Guitar Doors', another politically charged song by the band.
Album Inclusion
The song was later included in their U.S. version of the self-titled debut album "The Clash".
Musical Style
"Clash City Rockers" is noted for its driven guitar riffs, reflective of the band's punk and rock & roll fusion style.
Song Title
The song's title is sometimes believed to be a homage to the rock band 'City Rockers'.
Influences
The song is said to be influenced by The Who’s earlier hit 'I Can’t Explain'.
Producers
The single was produced by Mickey Foote, The Clash's regular producer in their early years.
Chart Performance
Despite its punk charm, "Clash City Rockers" did not enter the UK Singles Chart.
Re-issues
The song was re-issued twice, once in 1982 and again in 1991, with a live version of "White Riot" as the B-side on the second re-issue.
Song Meaning
The lyrics are often interpreted as a call to rebel against the conformity and mundane routines of city life.
Iconic Band Lineup
The recording of "Clash City Rockers" features the band's famous lineup: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon.
Controversy
There was a controversy that arose due to the changing of some lyrics which were considered as an insult to fans. The lyrics were "You owe me a move say the bells of St Groove. Come on and show me say the bells of old Bowie.."
Album Art
The artwork of the 'Clash City Rockers' single was designed by Polish artist Rosław Szaybo.

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