The Clash Patrick Humphries - Essay

Patrick Humphries

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Critics of the Clash will welcome "Sandinista" with fangs open, as it confirms just why they dislike the band so much.

The title alone reeks of the political "awareness" which many find so glibly unattractive….

Fans, however, will find in the "Sandinista" package a confirmation that the Clash do still care. In hard terms, they go one better than their last Christmas present of "London Calling", and put their mouths where their money is….

For me, the strength of "London Calling" was its diversity, the absorption of the various influences—rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and reggae—into the Clash mainstream, vinyl proof that they had progressed,...

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