Of course after this single and the excellent first album The Clash made startling progress (the album reached number 12 on its release in Britain). The record company started taking control, and after that the band, despite critical acclaim for their efforts, started churning out what can only be described as corporate slush, and the politics died a death.
The best way to appreciate Joe and his thinking is through The Clash’s first album–which reflected 1970s Britain superbly.
Under the extreme right wing views of the Tories in the early 1980s The Clash had very little to say on record, and this was in no small part due to the corporate control. Punk never died–it was just forced out by the right wing plastic people at major labels.
In the early 1980s punk became more underground, with bands like the excellent Conflict, Discharge, Subhumans, Crass, and others.
Much of today’s protest was stimulated by that era, which has been conveniently forgotten by the music media.
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