Picture this…

Punk legends THE CLASH (feat. Keith Levene) made their live debut supporting the
SEX PISTOLS at the Black Swan in Sheffield on 4 July 1976 – 43 years ago today…

HISTORY – 8 April 1977 – Debut LP THE CLASH…

8 April 2019

THE CLASH issued their classic self-titled debut album 42 years ago today, on 8 April 1977. The band translated their social commitment and political discontent into a razor-sharp, full-throated longplayer. A historic uppercut LP as a new generation raised its voice. Original, loud, fierce, speedy, and straight in the right-wing establishment’s ugly face. The LP peaked at #12 in the UK. Unfortunately, the right-wing curse is bigger than ever today.

Here are Turn Up The Volume!‘s three favorite knockout tracks …

– WHITE RIOT –

– I’M SO BORED WITH THE U.S.A. –

– JANIE JONES –

Album in full…

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THE CLASH: Facebook – Discography

‘WHITE RIOT’ – Debut Single by THE CLASH Released 42 Years Ago Today…

Sonic knockouts from the past

18 March 2019

‘White Riot’ by THE CLASH

On 18 March 1977, forty-two years ago today, legendary gang THE CLASH released their debut single WHITE RIOT. An angry and timeless punk anthem. This dynamite outburst was inspired by riots in August 1976 in London’s Notting Hill Gate area involving Jamaican residents and the police after continuous tensions due to racist policing. Joe Strummer
and Paul Simonon were present that day and participated in the fights, sympathizing with the black locals’ cause. With ‘White Riot‘ the late, great Strummer wanted to encourage also white people who felt abused and oppressed by the government to come out and protest. ‘White Riot‘ only reached #38 at the time it came out but got his classic status over the following years. B-side: ‘1977’. Time to, scream out loud, folks…

White riot – I want to riot
White riot – a riot of my own
White riot – I want to riot
White riot – a riot of my own

THE CLASH: Facebook

5 Magnificent Albums Turning… 40 In 2019

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

Here come Five Magnificent Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 40 next year!

1. ‘Unknown Pleasures’ by JOY DIVISION

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– ‘2. Metal Box‘ by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

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3.’Fear Of Music’ by TALKING HEADS

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– ‘4. London Calling‘ by THE CLASH

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5. Setting Sons‘ by THE JAM

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YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1979…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another firework year to remember: 1979.

The 25 KILLER TRACKS

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The 3 TOP ALBUMS

Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION

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Metal Box by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

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‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1980…

THE CLASH – Second Album ‘GIVE ‘EM ENOUGH ROPE’ Released 40 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

8 November 2018

Band: THE CLASH

Album: GIVE ‘EM ENOUGH ROPE – the band’s 2nd longplayer

Released: 10 November 1978 – 40 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “For their second album, The Clash worked with the American hard rock producer Sandy Pearlman, best-known for his work with Blue Öyster Cult and the Dictators.
The teaming was quite controversial within the punk community, and the sound of Give ‘Em Enough Rope is considerably cleaner, yet the more direct sound hardly tamed the Clash. While the record doesn’t burn with the same intense, amateurish energy of The Clash, it does have a big, forceful sound that is nearly as powerful. What keeps Give ‘Em Enough Rope from being a classic is its slightly inconsistent material. Many of the songs are outright classics, particularly the first half of the record (“Safe European Home,” “English Civil War,” “Tommy Gun,” “Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad”) and “Stay Free,” but the group loses some momentum toward the end of the record. Even with such flaws, Give ‘Em Enough Rope ranks as one of
the strongest albums of the punk era.”
Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: It would have sounded much sharper and more honest
if it wasn’t over-produced in order to conquer America’s hard rock ears.

Top tracks: Safe European Home / Tommy Gun / Last Gang In Town / Stay Free

Album in full…

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THE CLASH: Facebook – All Albums


Last gang in town

(photo: FB – The Clash)

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1978…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another fabulous year to remember: 1978.

The 25 KILLER TRACKS

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The 3 TOP ALBUMS

– ‘All Mod Cons‘ by THE JAM

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– ‘Parallel Lines‘ by BLONDIE

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‘This Year’s Model’ by ELVIS COSTELLO

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1979…