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London Calling (1979)

The Clash
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Punk rock, Rock music, Reggae, Ska, Post-punk, Rockabilly, Funk, Pop music, Jazz, Ska punk, Rock and roll, Reggae fusion

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London Calling is the third studio album by the English punk rock band The Clash. It was released in the United Kingdom on 14 December 1979 through CBS Records, and in the United States in January 1980 through Epic Records. The album represented a change in The Clash's musical style, featuring elements of ska, funk, pop, soul, jazz, rockabilly, and reggae, more prominently than in their previous two albums.
The album's subject matter included social displacement, unemployment, racial conflict, drug use, and the responsibilities of adulthood. The album received unanimously positive reviews 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.
After recording their second studio album Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978), the band separated from their manager Bernard Rhodes. This separation meant that the group had to leave their rehearsal studio in Camden Town and find another location to compose their music. Drawing inspiration from rockabilly,

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Tracks

3:20 London Calling
3:57 Jimmy Jazz
3:21 Spanish Bombs
3:57 The Right Profile
1:49 Koka Kola
3:53 The Card Cheat
2:57 Four Horsemen
2:44 Hateful
5:33 Revolution Rock
3:06 I'm Not Down
4:03 Lover's Rock
3:10 Wrong 'em Boyo
3:13 The Guns of Brixton
3:52 Lost in the Supermarket
3:52 Clampdown
3:11 Train In Vain
3:57 Death or Glory
3:31 Rudie Can't Fail
2:10 Brand New Cadillac
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A seismic shift from punk recasts them as a kind of rockabily, pop, reggae jukebox.