Tuesday, November 11, 2008

white riot

S CBS 5058.

Extract from a private correspondence to an American friend addressing post election hangover:

"Our own political reality here in the UK is so mired in bland inanity that one is entirely unable to differentiate incompetence from the genuine potential for evil. We are in an economic and social limbo bordering on clinical depression...

I am most definitely part of what is now quite comfortably defined [and officially listed] as the "white underclass". Untermensch, in the parlance of those National Socialists of yore.

Soon, no doubt, they will begin erecting fences around the ghettos. You may well find me
reflecting on this subject very soon."

Released on March 18th, 1977. Written by Strummer & Jones; produced by Mickey Foote.

THE CLASH: WHITE RIOT from "White Riot b/w 1977" 45 (CBS) 1977 (UK)

THE CLASH: 1977 from "White Riot b/w 1977" 45 (CBS) 1977 (UK)

michael footnote:

In fact. They have already erected fences around the ghettos. They are invisible; a bit like the emperor's new clothes. Don't go near the water.



Brushback said...

Great single, and about the only Clash record I've ever owned that I actually liked.

ib said...

Every Clash record up to and including "Combat Rock" was great in one way or another, I've always felt. The grittiest and rawest the better.