What better way is there to spend a Sunday afternoon alone than to play London Calling (or as it is known in the north, That London Calling) very loud while throwing Strummeresque shapes of air guitarness in the kitchen.
There aren’t many other albums with a stronger opening track, it’s a timeless piece of Rock and Roll and deserves its place up with the best opening tracks of any album (I am including Gimme Shelter here).
But this listen-fest today is all about the cover. I spent the afternoon listening to the whole album, no skipsies, and while doing so I scanned every inch (or centimetre for you Europeans) of the vinyl cover. That cover shot of Simonon is something else, I doth my cap to you Ms. Pennie Smith, talk about capturing a moment.
My favourite track from this album changes week by week, today it is Guns of Brixton, Roots rock meets Gangster Rap. Last week it was the cover version to end all cover versions, Brand new Cadillac, what a song.
Hidden gem; Death or Glory
An aside; Travelling back to the UK in the late 1990s I was standing outside Gatwick Airport waiting for a hotel shuttle. A white van pulls up and a bleary-eyed Joe Strummer emerged with his raggle taggle possie. I was there by myself, nobody around, I had the chance to engage the great man in a debate on the burning political questions of the day, but instead I said how’s it going Joe? He was cordial and polite, but needed to catch a plane. I still regret that I missed my chance, 2 years later he was gone.