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Playlist 14.05.12

Stuart Bailie | 16:20 UK time, Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Happy 30th birthday, 'Combat Rock'. It was released on May 14, 1982 and while I was still big into The Clash, the triple album 'Sandinista' of 1980 had drained off a little of my unquestioning love. This was the final record to involve the classic line-up, supplemented by Allen Ginsberg, Ellen Foley and their mate Kosmo Vinyl, pretending to be Travis Bickle. There's a bootleg out there of the proposed double album, which I don't recommend. There wasn't the discipline, so a tight edit actually redeemed a few of those tracks.
That said, 'Straight To Hell' is an awesome piece of writing. Joe Strummer put together this beat-speak meditation, starting in verse one with Sheffield, reeling under redundancies and Thatcher economics. Second verse is Vietnam and the mothers with their Amerasian kids, wondering if the GI dads will ever come back. This is followed by a wretched diorama of heroin abuse in Needle Park and the howlings of the dispossessed, the immigrants and the fatherless souls. King Solomon, he never lived 'round here.

Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro (Factory)
JD McPherson - Wolf Teeth (Rounder)
King Creosote - Doubles Underneath (Domino)
Ben Kweller - Out The Door (Noise)
Foreign Slippers -Avalanche (white)
Katie And The Carnival - Dinosaurs (A Little Fool To You) (Third Bar)
Jimmy Ruffin - It's Wonderful to Be Loved By You (Motown)
AM & Shawn Lee - Dark Into Night (ESL)
The Spook Of The 13th Lock - Heave The Bellows (Transduction)
Nick Drake - Northern Sky (Island)
Cold Specks - Send Your Youth (Mute)
Johnny Burtnette - Train Kept A Rolling (Proper)
JD McPherson - I Can't Complain(Rounder)
Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL)
Six Miles North - Still Waiting For the Revolution (Silver Tree)
Neil Young - From Hank to Hendrix (Reprise)
Cold Specks - Hector (Mute)
Farriers - Fickle Fold (white)
Jimmie Rogers - Train Whistle Blues (Proper)
Monroe Brothers - My Saviour's Train (Proper)
Sonny Boy Williamson - G, M and O Blues (Proper)
Chairlift - Amanaemonesia (Young Turks)
Cowboy Junkies - Idle Tales (Latent)
The Clash - Straight To Hell (CBS)
Foreign Slippers - What Are You Waiting For (white)
Runaway Go - Delicate Man (piano version) (Twenty30)

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