52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 27 – Something About England by the Clash

I thought the old man could help me                                                                                             If he could explain the gloom


I missed the fourteen-eighteen war
But not the sorrow afterwards

The Clash are almost universally recognized as one of the most influential bands of the punk rock era (an argument could be made that the Ramones had more impact). 

Called “The Only Band That Matters” by fans and even music critics, the Clash dominated the airwaves from 77 to 83 with blistering energy.  They reached new heights of popularity in 1982 when their album Combat Rock spawned two mainstream hits (Rock the Casbah and Should I stay or Should I go?).   That kind of success never works for a rebel band and founders Strummer and Jones would never record together again. 

Something About England is an obscure song from the Clash’s least popular album.  But it has all the great qualities of a Clash song – energy, the strange balance between Jones and Strummer’s voices – and most importantly a great story to tell;  namely the devastation of two world wars on England, as told by an old man to a young man.  Just fantastic.


The few returned to old Piccadily
We limped around Leicester Square
The world was busy rebuilding itself
The architects could not care

-cj cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

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