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Happy Friday!: City of the Dead
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-01-30 at 10:45 PM (Pacific)

City Of The Dead - The Clash

Hm, bet you weren't expecting that. :D

Not the greatest video, admittedly, but there is this...inner catalogue of music I suppose everyone my age possesses. It's because of the radio. We've become a culture of the visual, thanks to technology, and I'm not knocking it, but the purity of sound is gone.

Why this song? I haven't heard it in decades, for one thing, and there is that synergy of Joe Strummer's voice and sentiments wrapped around Mick Jones' underrated guitar hooks. In those days there were guitar gods, and he wasn't one, but that's what made the sound fresh. Popular music bloats over time and must be burnt to ashes and reborn, periodically. Or at least that's how we saw it.

And now, without further ado (Elvis has left the building, unfortunately), the b-side of "Complete Control" released September 23, 1977 (according to their site anyway, I wouldn't hear it until much later):

This is the city of the dead
As we lie side by side in bed
I'd do something else instead
It is the city of the dead

When we went out kicking around
You got drunk and fallen down
And I wished I could be like you
With the Soho river drinking me down

In the city of the dead
Fall in love and fall in bed
It wasn't anything you said
Except I know we both lie dead

Don't you know where to cop
That's what New York Johnny said
You should get to know your town
Just like I know mine

While all the windows stare ahead
And the streets are filled with dread
Every nation in the world
Slinks through the alley after girls

What we wear is dangerous gear
It'll get you picked on anywhere
Though we get beat up we don't care
At least it livens up the air

But some days we hide inside
All courage gone and paralyzed
Sniff that wind of ugly tension
Today the jerks have got aggression

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