Jukebox Classics: #1 The Songs Which Influenced Clash

You can tell a lot about the man by the company he keeps. So the old saying goes but for a band, it can be adapted: You can tell a lot about a band by the cover versions they record.

This series looks at that principle and there are few better bands to begin with. The Clash opened the doors to reggae for swathes of suburbia and beyond. I suppose you could argue they made it ‘trendy’ but that carried a whole different meaning back in 1977.

Interviews with the band members down the years made no secret of their love of the sound systems around the Notting Hill carnival but once they moved onto other projects, an electic mix emerged.

Big Audio Dynamite covered Prince, memorably for me at the Astoria 2; Strummer continued to plough the furrow of reggae and rockabilly. A brief glance at Paul Simonon’s post-Clash output showed no recorded covers but it would be a major surprise if he didn’t follow Strummer’s path in concert.

So here is a brief history of the Clash and offshoots in today’s playlist:


Song Artist
Brand New Cadillac Vince Taylor & His Playboys
1999 Prince
Armageddon Time Willie Williams
King Of The Road Roger Miller
Wrong’em Boyo The Rulers
Pressure Drop Toots & The Maytals
Louie, Louie Richard Berry
Every Little Bit Hurts Brenda Holloway
Junco Partner (Worthless Man) James Waynes
I Fought The Law The Bobby Fuller Four
Police & Thieves Junior Murvin
The Man in Me Bob Dylan
Police on My Back The Equals
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley
Time Is Tight Booker T. & the M.G.’s
Look Here Mose Allison
Get Up Jackie Edwards
Lose This Skin – 2010 Tymon Dogg
Blitzkrieg Bop – 2016 Remastered Ramones
Let The Good Times Roll Shirley & Lee
1969 The Stooges
Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers
Fingernails Joe Ely
Be-Bop-A-Lula Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
Rudy, A Message To You Dandy

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