Robert Newman’s top 10 favourite albums : number 4 : London Calling – The Clash (1979, CBS)

The songs are so rich, but the most beautiful sound on the whole album is the sound of the boys escaping the appallingly narrow straitjacket of punk rock. Everyone always says punk was so liberating, but in fact it likes to put people in narrow boxes. Pop culture in general is often more about restrictions, than liberation. The Clash and their circle were a bunch of engaged, curious, interested young men – no wonder they were hated by the English rock press. Here they try a little bit of rockabilly (Brand New Cadillac), some soul/ funk (Train In Vain), and then their own fusions of ska, pop and reggae rockers.

For number 5 in Robert Newman’s top 10 favourite albums please go here

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