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Friday, 24 September 2010

Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 30

It wouldn't be right to do this Friday series without featuring serial Bagging Area offenders The Clash in some way. A love of rockabilly was brought to the band by Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer, and they recorded numerous rockabilly songs, either covers or their own, starting with Vince Taylor's Brand New Cadillac on London Calling. This is Long Time Jerk, a little known Clash song from 1983, the B-side to Know Your Rights. It opens with one of Joe's greatest introductions-

'We gotta scrape the trouble off our boots!'
This Friday night rockabilly series has to stop somewhere and I think this is it. We've gone from the early 50s to 2010 with 30 different bands or artists, rocking, rolling, shaking and smoking. If you want to investigate further I recommend Max Decharne's new book Rocket In My Pocket, and the accompanying cd. Available from all good stockists. I'm sure I'll come back to posting some from time to time- in the meantime quiffs up, jeans turned up, sleeves rolled up and off we go...

19 Long Time Jerk.wma


drew said...

It has been an enjoyable ride SA.

Been thinking of putting the Friday dance to bed as well but I'm not sure what to replace it with.

Mondo said...

Blimey it's like early B.A.D.

Speaking of follow ons, the time could be right for a Big Beat revival you know?

Swiss adam said...

Big beat? not sure. belgian gabba maybe