Thursday, November 01, 2012
THIS ONE'S FOR DIRK
Was thinking back to the early days of the blog and how so many folk have to be thanked for giving me the inspiration for keeping it going. One such bloke is Dirk whose own blog is SexyLoser.
Dirk is from a small village in Germany and I always got a kick when he would leave comments on various postings as I was genuinely thrilled that something being typed up in Glasgow was having some meaning for someone all those miles away. Through e-mail correspondence I've got to know a little bit about Dirk. His exposure to the sort of music that I love was through John Peel and broadcasts the great man would do for Armed Services Radio. So much so that Dirk did visit the UK and seek out and meet the legendary and much-missed DJ.
I also know that Dirk has a huge soft-spot for The Clash which is why these are for him:-
mp3 : The Clash - Complete Control
mp3 : The Clash - City Of The Dead
A punk song that featured a guitar solo....shock, horror!! It's also the song that features the lyric 'you're my guitar hero' and so you could say Joe Strummer is the one who came up with the title of the popular video game.....
I'm sure most of you know the song was written in a fit of anger. The band were of the belief that the contract they had signed with CBS Records allowed them to decide what they recorded, with whom they recorded it, when it would be released and how it would look in terms of a sleeve. They were horrified that after the relative success of White Riot (which reached #38 in the UK singles charts) CBS had put out Remote Control a couple of months later - a song the band didn't want as a single and in a sleeve that they had no input to. The band's reaction was to write and record this new piece of material and insist it be the next single....and in September 1977 it reached #28 in the UK charts.
Thought by many fans to be one of the best things they ever did, Complete Control kept everyone happy. The band felt they'd gained a victory over the label, the fans got a great new song and the record label, as is their wont, made money.