Dangerous Minds website has reported a bizarre story that invlves the great Billy Childish and a conservative Clash fan at Universal Records who JUST DOES NOT GET IT.
Billy’s “Thatcher’s Children” was released in 2008 as a take on tne Clash’s London Calling and other classic punk artwork- some time a letter arrived from Universal with this unintentionally hilarious rant at the end:
On a personal note as a fan of The Clash may I point out that your illegal use of the music of London Calling politicises the original tune in a way never intended by members of the group.
I appreciate that in its formative years The Clash may have been perceived as “anti-establishment” but the anti-right wing message contained in the lyric of Mr Chyldish is both insulting to the memory of Baroness Thatcher and President Reagan, and surely a sentiment that the mature songsmith Strummer would never have condoned. Such association could also jeopordise future commercial interest in London Calling by corporations who both fund and support politics that you misrepresent and hold up to ridicule, thereby depriving his family of income.
The letter is below…