The punk rock explosion lasted from 1976 until the tail end of 1979. I have done my best to chronicle those years, starting with the first Ramones album. I am sure I missed a lot of albums that other punk fans may call me out on, but for me, these were the albums that mattered to me.
This brings me to what I believe is the end of the punk era. the last great album.
It’s by a band that already made their mark on the movement. The Clash. The album was a double album. I believe, the first double album of the punks. “London Calling”. This album belongs at number one, for me, not for the fact that it is the last album of the era, but because it’s absolutely brilliant.
The Clash were always a little better than everyone else. We knew if any band was to come out with something legitimate, it would be them. And it was. They lived up to their hype, They delivered London Calling.
I can go song by song, but there is virtually no filler on this masterpiece. The production, the attitude, the energy, and the songs are just perfect.
Joe Strummer at his best, Mick Jones at his best.
Songs like “Hateful”, “Death Or Glory”, “London Calling”, “Lost In The Supermarket”, are classics. They are played on the radio today. The Clash finally cemented themselves as a legitimate band. They got the respect. They earned it. Even ass-hat Billy Joel probably respects them.
Saw The Clash in 1979. In fact, I was at the concert at The Palladium where the front photo of this album was taken. I remember seeing the Who the week before and after the Clash, saying, the Clash blew The Who away. They did.
After this album, the punk scene changed. It was over for good.
The Clash never came close to topping London Calling. “Sandanista” was an abomination, and the few that followed just didn’t work for me.
This was the end.
Rest in Peace Joe Strummer, you brilliant bastard.