Once the Clash were punk’s finest. The rebels with a cause now they are the soundtrack to the corporate free for all that was the Olympics one year to go party. Is this a bad thing though? the song is total classic and the title alone fits the bill. The Clash have become part of the fabric of daily life and their positive message lurks everywhere.
The song also caused some controversy with the BBC website reporting that some people were uncomfortable with the dark nature of the lyrics in the verses. Is this our own version of bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The USA’- a gung ho anthem for politicians to use that has the sucker punch of telling the truth in the verse sections?
Are you happy to hear the Clash at these functions?
Does it make you feel a bit weird when London mayor Boris Johnson proclaims the Clash as his favourite band?
Does it matter any more?