”I started the album, volume up full and the opening chord to ‘Anarchy in The UK’ nearly made the welding crack on the burglar bars. The Pistols were just brilliant, mainly only three chords but each chord was thick, crunchy and necessarily over-overdriven. I was in heaven: ‘God Save the Queen’, ‘No Fun’, ‘Pretty Vacant’, ‘Silly Thing’. I was just through the second listening of ‘God Save the Queen’ when in walked the Fascist Regime. The Sex Pistols saved me I reckon because Dad was expecting a contrite teenage son who would be amenable to becoming a functioning member of society, but what he was faced with was a wall of blistering guitars at the kind of volume that Satan himself would probably appreciate.” – The Story of Rock and Roll – James Daubeney
The Clash’s third album London Calling was voted the best album of the 80’s and the 8th best album of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. It went platinum and sold over 5 million copies. The music was no longer Punk Rock, they were now a mainstream rock band and had commercial appeal. Despite this their attitude never changed. Joe Strummer (RIP) will forever be an iconic figure and he never let success go to his head. For me it never got better than the debut album, loud aggressive guitar and angry vocals shouting out about what was wrong in society and the UK in particular. If you want to get a feel for the times and the Winter of Discontent then just turn up ‘London’s Burning’, Career Opportunities”, White Riot’ & ‘I’m So Bored With the USA’. You’ll feel it, if you don’t you are in a coma.
Although classic songs like ‘Eton Rifles’ and ‘Going Underground’ are probably better examples of the Jam in full cry, ‘That’s Entertainment’ was the first track I actually heard. Once again it was on Pop Shop, or Fast Forward as it became, that I first saw them. I fell in love with the band but more importantly Paul Wellers lyrics. He had a way of really getting the message across and he just got better and better at it.
Stiff Little Fingers
”When I heard Inflammable Material my brain once again exploded. This album was twice as fast and twice as aggressive as any other punk album and Jake Burn’s voice was like a hot glass – he didn’t sing he shouted, and when he shouted he shouted about how pissed off he was about everything around him.” The Story of Rock and Roll – James Daubeney