Tuesday, 13 March 2012
I've Got My Motorcycle Jacket But I'm Walking All The Time
In 1985 Bernie Rhodes managed something that no previous line-up of The Clash had done; he made an almost completely useless Clash album. The Clash Mark II are not fondly remembered- no Mick, no Topper, the three new guys (not their fault I suppose, they were in an impossible position), Paul losing interest. Bernie had been brought back as Clash manager at Joe's insistence, partly leading to Mick's sacking. By the time they went into the studio to make an album Bernie got Joe to record various songs, then moved himself into the studio, ignored the band and went for the cheapest sounding drum machine he could find. The Cut The Crap album was in essence a Bernie Rhodes solo album with Joe singing. From it's cartoon mohicaned punk on the sleeve things go rapidly downhill. Apart from this song; the only song from Cut The Crap with any real merit. The recording and production aren't too bad to be honest and the swelling football crowd chorus works. Joe's bleak mid-80s lyrics make this song a home-based sequel to Straight To Hell in a way. It deserved better.
This Is England