Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Covers Rock (Part 3)

Today, we’re gonna finish up LONDON CALLING and start on the SANDINISTA! cover songs.

The source of "Revolution Rock" is even more obvious than the "The Guns Of Brixton" but Jackie Edwards didn't get a songwriting credit.

"Armagideon Time" was the b-side of "London Calling" and also came out on the BLACK MARKET CLASH 10" EP in 1980. Willi Williams is still performing and now calls himself The Armagideon Man.

I’m not really sure when the Clash recorded Booker T. & The MG’sTime Is Tight” but it first came out on BLACK MARKET CLASH so I always thought that it was recorded during the LONDON CALLING sessions. But it’s not included in the deluxe reissue that came out a few years ago so maybe it wasn’t.

The liner notes for SANDINISTA! say that the writer of “Junco Partner” was unknown. Actually, the song was written by a jazz guy named Bob Shad. He also produced Big Brother & The Holding Company’s first album. There have been a lot of versions of “Junco Partner” and I don’t know which version the Clash was covering. I used Professor Longhair’s version because it’s great (and I have a copy). Also, it sounds really good next to Mose Allison's “Look Here”. Allison has been making records for fifty years and if he’s made a bad one, I haven’t heard it.


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