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From A to Z, in the 80s Alphabet (Part 3) - "C"

Yesterday’s installment was posted a little wonkily, thanks to my forgetting to change the timestamp in my saved draft (thanks to xeos for the save!). I’ll probably be putting most of the rest of them up in the mornings around 7 or 8 Central (US) after I get home from work (yep, graveyard shifts — not to be confused with Corpsegoddess’ wonderful “Graveyard Shift” posts, which you should check out at once — Unsolicited Plugs’r’Us).

Today, another two-for-one. My choices this time are a bit less obscure, because (1) they are two of my all-time favorite bands, and (2) na-na-na-boo-boo, you are not the boss of me! Ahem.


C is for Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Picking just one song by Mr. MacManus was a bit like pulling teeth — in my opinion, he is the Bob Dylan of my generation. I settled on this because Punch The Clock was arguably my favorite album of 1983 (though “Shipbuilding” is the better track), and because the video is fun and remarkably prescient about the whole Charles/Diana thing.

C is also for The Clash

I’ve always considered The Clash the real Crown Princes of British Punk, partly because they could actually sing and play their instruments (I know, cheap shot to the Pistols, sorry). It ticks me off a bit that some people still only know them from “Rock The Casbah” — London Calling was groundbreaking and deserves to be on any serious Top Rock Albums list. I considered using “Train In Vain” for this, but decided on the less-well-known song about the 1939 Spanish civil war. After more years than I want to think about, this song still gives me shivers (in a good way). It also showcases what a great lyricist the late, great Joe Strummer could be.


That’s it for this time, thanks again to everyone interested in this Geoffrey Chaucer-ish mad idea of mine! :)

(Editing note: I added the day’s letter to the titles of the older posts, since I realized “Part X” really wasn’t that helpful — durrrrr... )

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