The Clash – Give ‘Em Enough Rope

ARTIST: The Clash 220px-The_Clash_-_Give_'Em_Enough_Rope

TITLE:  Give ‘Em Enough Rope



SINGLES: Tommy Gun (#19 UK), English Civil War (#25 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Safe European Home, Stay Free

LINEUP: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album (first one released in the US) shows the Clash were going to continue to be a force in music, even if the album is a little inconsistent.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Somewhat overlooked in the Clash’s catalog, Give ‘Em Enough Rope has enough crunch to it that it’s a minor punk rock classic. The first four cuts pack a punch and add some variety to the standard punk rock fare (especially on “Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad”).

The second side seemed a bit flatter, as the Clash knew that pure punk rock was almost played out. “Stay Free” is a highlight, and would be a classic for any other band (it’s barely talked about now and that’s a shame).

Other songs recorded around this time, and released as singles, show the Clash evolving past punk rock. Here, they’re pretty close to the vest as a punk band, showing about how far the genre can go.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Ron Perleman, the producer (who had worked for Blue Oyster Cult) didn’t like Stummer’s voice, and mixed it down. That tempers the songs somewhat.


GRADE: B+: It’s like some people have forgotten this album exists, since the others are talked and written about so much, but it’s got merit

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