The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope

Limited 180 Gram Vinyl LP Record Reissue

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Give 'Em Enough Rope is the second studio album by the British punk rock band The Clash, originally released in November 1978 via CBS Records in the UK and Epic Records in the US.

Formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk, The Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, lead vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). Widely referred to as "The Only Band That Matters", The Clash's politicised lyrics, rebellious attitude, and musical experimentation, incorporating elements of reggae, dub, funk, ska and rockabilly, along with along with punk, their music had a far-reaching influence on rock, and in particular, alternative rock. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked The Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

 

Recorded in 1978 between March and April at Basing Street Studios, London; and between August and September at The Automatt in San Francisco; Give 'Em Enough Rope was produced by Sandy Pearlman (Blue Öyster Cult, Black Sabbath). CBS Records were keen to see "punk" bands expand their commercial sales into the US market, and they were instrumental in engineering Pearlman as the producer for the second Clash album.

Focusing on contemporary subjects in their lyrics, Give 'Em Enough Rope saw The Clash dealing with Middle Eastern terrorism, specifically the hi-jacking of aircraft, on "Tommy Gun" and while the track "Guns on the Roof", is ostensibly about global terrorism, war and corruption, it was also partly inspired by an incident that resulted in the Metropolitan Police's armed anti-terrorist squad raiding the band's Camden Market rehearsal building, resulting in the arrest and charging of Paul Simonon and Topper Headon for criminal damage after shooting racing pigeons with an air-rifle from the roof of the building.

The album was well received by critics and fans, peaking at number two on the UK Albums Chart and at number 128 in the Billboard 200, later earning Gold Certification in the UK.

Two singles were released from the album: "Tommy Gun", and "English Civil War". Additional tracks:  Safe European HomeJulie's Been Working for the Drug Squad and Guns on the Roof.

This LP record is a limited (March 2011) reissue on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, pressed in the US via Drastic Plastic Records, limited to 5,000 copies.

(899458001192)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Track

Time

A1

Safe European Home

3:48

A2

English Civil War

2:34

A3

Tommy Gun

3:14

A4

Julie's In The Drug Squad

3:02

A5

Last Gang In Town

5:10

B1

Guns On The Roof

3:14

B2

Drug-Stabbing Time

3:42

B3

Stay Free

3:38

B4

Cheapskates

2:23

B5

All The Young Punks (New Boots And Contracts)

4:54

 

SKU 899458001192
Record Label Drastic Plastic Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number DPRLP19
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 15 March 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 10 November 1978
Barcode # 899458001192
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Reissue, Limited to 5,000 Copies
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Genre Punk
Format VINYL LP

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