Everybody now knows, of course, that the old bill's antagonism towards black men never went away and that institutional racism is alive and well in the police force. Gilbert, Pat . Opening with roaring horns of Jericho, the album signaled a defiant piousness. Discography Songs The Clash on film Members.
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The song, about gang war and police brutalitywas out on the street in a couple of days, backed by The Upsetters ' dub version "Grumbling Dub", and became a big hit in Jamaica. Rainy Day Relaxation Jurvin Trip. The following year it was the theme to the Brixton riots and subsequently to much of the social unrest during Margaret Thatcher's premiership.
Island Jamaica for Island Records Ltd. The perfect groove for a hot and sticky August bank holiday on the streets of west London.
Junior Murvin has died but the story of Police and Thieves lives on
As I said, the parallels are easy to see. Green, Johnny; Garry Barker . Show 25 25 50 All. In the Tottenham area where I live and in the areas I pass through — Harlesden, Brixton, Peckham, Hackney, Moss Side and other "hoods" — nobody is chanting the "downfall of Babylon" any more.
But a new generation wasn't interested in dancing away its anger to one of the most seductive reggae songs you'll ever hear.
But it doesn't mean they're not still angry with the belief that the police can kill a black man in broad daylight without consequences, and at being stopped and searched many more times than their white mates, and that the whole racist system compels half of young black men to languish on the dole.
The Clash's version, which is six minutes in length, is an example of a rock band incorporating reggae into their repertoire. The Real Story of The Clash 4th ed. Despite fhieves surroundings, both Murvin and Perry were able to find a sense of hope, and even whimsy, in the bleakest circumstances.
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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Murvin's version became a Top 30 UK hit inpeaking at no.
Neither the lyrics nor the machinery was able to capture just what he was capable of. W hen Superintendent Leroy Logan stepped down as the highest-ranking African-Caribbean officer in the Met this summer, he entertained his retirement party guests with his rendition of Junior Murvin's Police and Thieves.
Lee Scratch Perry Arkology. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat Despite its critique of the profession. The song was originally written by Junior Murvin.
Ignore the goofy album art on some issues -- there is nothing lighthearted about any of these songs, nor is there a single wrong note or misplaced effect. It even charted — four years later, in — and Murvin obligingly took the militant road to Top of the Pops.
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Gruen, Bob ; Chris Salewicz . In the beginning of the song, Joe Strummer reinterprets the line "They're going through a tight wind" as anr tribute to The Ramonesalready an established American punk band and an influence on The Clash. Never Mind The Bollocks. It was covered by the punk band The Clash and included on their self-titled debut album released in Joe Strummer and the Legend of the Clash.