This month, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the US release of London Calling by The Clash. It was released a month earlier in the UK, so I guess December of 2009 should have been the anniversary. Oi, whatever!
And if it isn't the best rock album of all-time, it's certainly in the conversation. A wondrous mix of punk, ska, soul and rockabilly. A double album with classics like "Brand New Cadillac", "Train in Vain", "The Guns of Brixton", "Rudie Can't Fail", "Lost in the Supermarket" and, of course, the title track.
What an amazing year 1979 was. Gia and I were just talking about this the other day. John Wayne died, Iranian radicals were taking hostages, Brenda Ann Spencer started shooting people because she didn't like Mondays, Patty Hearst was released from jail, it snowed in the Sahara desert, 11 fans were killed in Cincinnati before a concert by The Who, Saddam Hussein rises to power in Iraq, Disco Demolition in Chicago night brings a fitting end to that musical era, Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister, Jimmy Carter sees his Presidency slipping away, our first nuclear power plant "accident" occurs at Three Mile Island and The Clash recorded one of the finest albums of all-time.
But let's get back to our shiftless hero Rudie for a moment, shall we? Enjoy!
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Ya gotta love a band that uses the word "feckless" in one of its songs.