Five Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist, Track 5

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The Clash, “Guns of Brixton”

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13 Responses to “Five Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist, Track 5”

  1. #1 |  Cornellian | 

    Interesting story in today’s National Post (a Canadian newspaper) about cops in Ottawa who allegedly abused a woman in police custody and left her naked in a cell.

    The story includes this paragraph:

    “As much as people still call police, and rightfully trust them, in a crisis, there is a growing sense among law-and-order types that police really aren’t on their side — that they’re just another self-interested public-sector union, albeit more heavily armed. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who’s as cartoonish a cop-lover as you’ll find, has discovered that cutting police complements, salaries and perquisites might be a pretty easy sell.”

    So it’s not just an American phenomenon.

  2. #2 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Kinda surprised you went with this one… Was “Know Your Rights” too obvious?

  3. #3 |  Marty | 

    my kid got me interested in the Clash again, after not listening for years… good choice!

  4. #4 |  MassHole | 

    One of my favorites.

    “How you gonna come?”

  5. #5 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    I told Joe and Mick to dye their hair blonde..and whimper more, like
    the Cure…and wear Spandex….but noooo…they had to take up a cause and get all political….

  6. #6 |  John Payne | 

    During college, I started a tradition of listening to London Calling every Friday when I got done with classes. Today seems like a good day to revive that practice.

  7. #7 |  Mark Draughn | 

    For an alternative performance, here’s Nouvelle Vague’s haunting cover:

  8. #8 |  Mattocracy | 

    Great Pick!

  9. #9 |  WWJGD | 

    Oh the pain of being a libertarian who loves The Clash…I still wince a bit during that part in Know Your Rights…

  10. #10 |  demize! | 

    Inglan is a bitch sah!

  11. #11 |  xenia onatopp | 

    Nothing to say except that this is my current ringtone, part of a rotation I haven’t changed in years; it also features The Clash’s (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais, The Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in The U.K., 10cc’s Rubber Bullets, Dre and Snoop’s Still Dre and Nuthin’ But A G Thang, Tupac’s Starin’ Through My Rear View and Bury Me A G, The Pretenders’ Precious and Brass in Pocket, Elvis Costello’s (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes and Welcome To The Working Week , The Replacements’ I’ll Be You, The Spinners’ They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play), Gram Parsons’ Return of the Grievous Angel, Patsy Cline’s I Fall to Pieces, and Merle Haggard’s Mama Tried. Yeah, kinda heavy on the nostalgia, but it works for me; not necessarily my favorite songs, but songs I love that are easily trimmed to a catchy snippet with a memorable line or five of the lyrics, which is all I can ask of a ringtone.

  12. #12 |  David | 

    Ehhh not one of my favorites on the album, which is one of my favorites – I’ve always loved the first five tunes, the one about monty cliff, wrong em boyo, death or glory, card cheat, a few others but i tend to skip over paul simonon. the sentiment rings true though. brian fallon’s cover of lost in the supermarket beats this one imo

  13. #13 |  Harsboy | 

    The only band that matters from one of small few blogs that matter. Keep it up Radley. I love what you do. Keep agitating.