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20 Unsung Music Videos of the 1980s

From major artists like the Clash, David Bowie, and U2 to less famous brethren such as Haysi Fantayzee and Grandmaster Caz, these are the unsung videos from that decade that might have missed your attention the first time around.

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Counterbalance No. 9: The Clash - 'London Calling'

Counterbalance offers up the right profile of the Clash's London Calling, an epic, sprawling disc that will leave you sprawled out on the floor as your mind tries to wrap itself around the sprawl of genres over the course of an hour plus.

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Call for Papers: All Things Reconsidered: The Clash - London Calling

As we reboot All Things Reconsidered, PopMatters will be starting with the Clash's London Calling, dissecting it from every angle, from track-by-track rundowns to a series of provocative, insightful essays.

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New Wave: Turning Rebellion into Money

If 1977 was New Wave's breakout year, by 1979 it had become an industry force, all but replacing punk as a viable vehicle or term of currency.

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Three Chords and the Truth: The Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash

Ask most punk fans today to name their top ten punk songs and bands and it's likely that the Ramones, Sex Pistols and the Clash will still be there.

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Joe Strummer's Greatest Hits? '001' Compiles the Should-have-been-smashes with Rarities

Pre and post Clash recordings, rarities and a surprise or two on a long overdue anthology of the enduring artist that is Joe Strummer.

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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 3 - Peter Tosh to the Pogues

PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Stay tuned all week as we unveil the top 100.

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'The Clash on the Clash' Is a Smorgasbord of Contradictions

I figured, in the case of the Clash, there were no new tales to tell. Sean Egan's The Clash on The Clash, however, offers a compelling counter-argument.

Randal Doane
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The Clash - "London Calling" (Singles Going Steady Classic)

The Clash were punk's proud, leftist poet-intellectuals, equally interested in cultivating their own political identity as they were in capturing rock's unbridled ferocity.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 4: 40 - 21

Stories sung with grace and compassion. We can only hope our stories will be told so well, sometime.

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The Clash Album That Never Was: 'Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg'

Even in bootleg form, the Clash's Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg stands as one of the most daring, fearless, idiosyncratic recordings ever put on tape by a major recording artist.

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Joe Strummer's Thunderbird Is Up for Sale on eBay

Wow. Joe Strummer's car, a Chalfont Blue 1963 Ford Thunderbird, is for sale on eBay.

Film

The Fall of The Clash Minus the Rise

For a telling of "the only band that mattered", there's something of a lack of yeast in the brew, here.

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There Isn't a Single Insertion in 'There Goes Gravity' That Isn't Intriguing

An invaluable look into the lives of our most adored musicians, written with wit, humility, and vibrancy by one of our most revered music journalists.

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Diplo and His "Hero"es

The man who sampled the Clash's "Straight to Hell" for M.I.A. teams up with his heroes and Frank Ocean to bring summer to your speakers a few months early.

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The Clash: Sound System

The Clash's biggest compilation to date is certainly complete (except for the omission of their only non-Jones album), but the results are often inconsistent and repetitive, even for the most avid completist.

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Carbon/Silicon - "Big Surprise" (video)

Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Generation X), aka Carbon/Silicon, release their latest tune and video, "Big Surprise".

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What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

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Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part I

The vibrant subcultures of deaf and punk communities have a long, storied, and interwoven under-the-radar past that sheds light on both allies.

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The View: Cheeky for a Reason

Some have marked this as a career best for the View, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it has all come too late.

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The Top 10 Overplayed Songs You Hate by Artists You Love

Individually, they've each amassed a musical legacy worthy of several daily spins. Yet according to radio, these terrific musicians are only worth one -- or on the outside chance, two -- songs each. As a result, they've become pigeonholed, and these 10 tracks have become (almost) insufferable.

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The Top 10 Most Notable Career Suicide Albums

Career suicide albums fall into two camps: Those that were released ahead of their time, and those that set new standards in awful. The best thing that could be said about the later category is that these albums are oftentimes just as fascinating as an artist’s best work.

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No Future: Punk's 2012 Nostalgia Trip

At the Drive-In and Refused are both reuniting for high-profile (and high-paycheck) shows in 2012. What does this say about their legacy, or punk rock in general?

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Cobra Skulls: Agitations

Shades of The Clash in the Reno trio's third full-length...

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'The Ballad of Mott The Hoople' Is for Those Who Love Mott the Hoople With All Their Might

There’s something missing from this story; there’s an insularity about the film that renders it just a notch or two above pure reminiscence.

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The Battle to Stay Relevant

Watching your favorite band become irrelevant is like watching Michael Jordan unable to elevate high enough to dunk in his final year in the NBA.

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Counterbalance No. 56: 'The Clash'

This week, Counterbalance moves the town to the Clash City Rockers, so if you need a little jump of electrical shockers, this punk debut is the 56th most acclaimed album of all time.

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Was Grunge the Last American Musical Revolution?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten. In revisiting the grunge genre which altered the musical landscape two decades ago, the question arises: was this our last musical revolution?

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What Was So Great about the Clash, Anyway?

So how does someone go from anti-nuke activist to serious foreign policy maven, student protester to midlife bourgeoisie, and feel the same way about "The Only Band That Matters"?

David Shorr
Travel

Clash City

Marcus Gray's book about London Calling inspires a journey around the London of the Clash. There's a huge sense of disaffection in this city, a feeling that the government protects only the rich and will leave the poor to suffer the recession – it’s like 1979 all over again, and London is still calling, calling out into an atmosphere of impending catastrophe.

Music

Heroes in the Age of None: The Clash Rock Out with "Tommy Gun"

Most of the Clash's music videos were no-frills performance clips. The reason was simple: the Clash owned the stage.

Music

Rachid Taha: Bonjour

Rachid Taha, after two decades of doing little wrong, has finally made a pop misfire.

Music

Big Audio Dynamite: This Is Big Audio Dynamite (Legacy Edition)

Time has a way of circling back on popular music in a way that, two-and-a-half decades later, has left This Is Big Audio Dynamite feeling startlingly contemporary nearly as often as it registers as a product of 1985.

Jer Fairall
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Nouvelle Vague: 29.January.2010 - Chicago

Words and Pictures by Rory O'Connor

Rory O'Connor
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The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium

This rousing and rocking complete live show from 1982 finally affords Clash fans the full concert experience.


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