The Clash (“Drug Stabbing Time”) [Live]

OK, for me this is not only one The Clash’s greatest songs, it is (IMHO) the defining masterpiece of first-generation punk (along with The Clash’s “Janie Jones”). Mick Jones is superb on this piece with his backup vocals (I especially like his “paying off the big fine,” with “fine” drawn out like that). And you expect the song to just end around 2:15 (in this live version timing), then again at 2:45. But no, it takes off again at 2:45ish with a new twist and invigoration. The studio cut on the album makes it even clearer. But this live version is raw and as real as it gets. Truly dynamic song and band!! Obviously, that’s why they’re known as “the only band that mattered.”

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