‘My Daddy was a bank robber
But he never hurt nobody
He just loved to live that way
And he loved to steal your money
Some is rich and some is poor
And that’s the way the world is
And I don’t believe in lying back
And saying how bad your life is …’
I always dug the spirit of this song, its one song that when it gets stuck in my head all day I never tire of it, it just keeps milling around and I find myself making up lyrics and rolling with it.
I think this is the magic of the Clash’s songs, they wrote hooks that by anyone else risked being cheesy, but somehow they infused integrity into the core of their melodies to make them always legit.
Whether its broken understated ballads with hollow, airy tones echoing images of rugged lives lived or ripping punk edged anthems that make your veins bulge, with a clash song there always seems the possibility that something rock n roll might happen.
To evoke imagery and ideas in the listener or viewer is surely the essence of art itself. I would love to think that this could be achieved with a brand, a product, and a business.
I guess the key component will always be integrity, without that it’s just another pop song with a hook.
God Bless the Clash.