37 years ago today….

Thirty-seven years ago today saw the release of what I’d consider to be the best punk single of all time. When I began my initial explorations into The Clash at 18 years of age in 2012, the incomplete live footage of ‘Complete Control’ from Rude Boy was one of the first live Clash videos I saw.and it just floored me. I’d never seen anyone perform like Joe Strummer in that footage and he mesmerized me. Really, that performance coupled with ‘Know Your Rights’ from the US Festival quite simply changed my life. Joe Strummer may have ad-libbed the line “you’re my guitiar hero!” to Mick Jones but songs like this cemented The Clash as my guitar heroes.

Strong personal feelings aside, ‘Complete Control’ really is such an incredible song that’s special in a number of ways. It’s unique in that it’s sung by Strummer yet the vast majority was penned by Jones and it also has the honor of being the first song recorded with a certain Topper Headon at the drums. ‘Complete Control’ was the start of a new chapter for this band, one that would see them rise to dizzying heights only to implode all too soon. It was released in 1977 as a non-album single (in the UK at least) and it comfortably bridges the gap between The Clash and Give ‘Em Enough Rope. It’s more technically proficient than The Clash, it’s more polished, yet there’s still that unmistakeable raw edge and visceral feel that made it a classic album of the genre. This is still very much punk music, and punk music of the highest order.

Song of The Day: Buckingham-Nicks – Stephanie

The second song I wanted to share with you today. I actually only discovered this song yesterday. As I was writing yesterday’s Fleetwood Mac post it made me want to watch the Talks Music interview with Lindsey Buckingham that I’ve been meaning to watch. So, I watched it. It was an excellent interview. He also played a number of songs (usually incomplete though) in the interview. One such example was a track from the Buckingham-Nicks days called Stephanie. I’ve never listened to any Buckingham-Nicks material – something that I really need to rectify. This instrumental piece is just beautiful. It’s solely credited to Lindsey Buckingham and you can just tell it’s from the same man who composed classics such as Never Going Back Again.  Sadly like most of the Buckingham-Nicks material it’s never seen an official release. Except for a promo only Lindsey Buckingham compilation called Words and Music (A Retrospective). That’s it though. The Buckingham-Nicks album has never been re-released on any format since its original 1973 release. Judging by comments made in the Talk Music interview though that’s set to change sooner rather than later. Anyway, I’d love to have a copy of it on CD for Stephanie alone!