Monday, September 6, 2010

Top 10 #2

The Jam - That's Entertainment

Well, in total contrast to #3, here is #2 and in keeping with being
fair, after a punk rock anthem, here's one from the Mod revival of the
80s and from the Modfather of British Pop, Paul Weller.

The Jam were Weller's first band and like The Clash were very energetic
and Weller's lyrics were rather political, something which didn't always
endear him to the record buying public. That's Entertainment is an
acoustic gem. Still with energy in the playing but different from what
was around at the time. I still find it grabs me and I have to sit and
listen when I hear it. Surely a sign of a great song.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

10 Greatest Songs - #3

The Clash - I Fought the Law

I've liked the Clash since the 70s. My sister (I think) had the London
Calling album and I loved the variety of stuff they did along with the
raw energy of their punk rock sound. It wasn't until a few years ago
that I saw a video of the another cover of this song from the 60s. I had
no idea it was a cover and always assumed it was 100% Clash but it's
not, it's by Sonny Curtis and the Crickets (post Buddy Holly death).
Anyway, The Clash's version is just exploding with aggression and energy
and I love it. You should too!

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