ARTIST: The Clash
TITLE: Cut the Crap
YEAR RELEASED: 1985
CHART ACTION: #88 US, #16 UK
SINGLES: This Is England (#24 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Straight to Hell
LINEUP: Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, Vince White, Nick Sheppard, Pete Howard
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: This is what you get when you appoint your manager as producer and he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After the departures of Mick Jones and Topper Headon, Joe Strummer and manager Bernie Rhodes kept The Clash going, and the ‘new’ clash (with three new recruits) toured with some new songs, and then…released…this.
Without Jones, the melodies and sensibility are non-existent. The lyrics seem trite and tired. And the production? Oh! My! God!
Synth drums, synthesizers, inane sound effects, no bass, muted guitars, odd vocal mixes. Holy cow. It’s like the producer didn’t know what he was doing – he didn’t. It was Rhodes, and it was a total butcher job. Weak songs and bad production. Only “This Is England” is semi-worthy of their name, and a couple of other tracks are passable, if I’m in a good mood. But man, as a whole this stinks and I hate it.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Paul Simonon, still in the band, didn’t do anything really because of Rhodes’ involvement.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE F: Exiled faster than anything else ever.