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The Clash: From Here to Eternity: LiveFrom Here to Eternity: Live (1999)
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The Clash; you may not like them, but you have to admire them. Along with the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls and others, they brought punk to the "mainstream" and made what real punk now stands for. But more than being a simple punk band, they brought ska, dub and reggae into their music, bringing .
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The Clash; you may not like them, but you have to admire them. Along with the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls and others, they brought punk to the "mainstream" and made what real punk now stands for. But more than being a simple punk band, they brought ska, dub and reggae into their music, bringing ska-punk along in their stride.

This CD is a compilation of live shows from all over the world (NY, London and Boston). You can hear all the classics, which I don't need to tell you how good they are, and other great songs: "London's Burning" (with some great vocals by the great Joe Strummer), "Clash City Rockers" (the great intro, yes), "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais" (one of the greatest ska-punk songs ever, in my humble opinion), "City of the Dead" (just great), "I Fought the Law" (some great drumming), "London Calling" (with THE intro of punk history), "Armagideon Time" (some great reggae with some nice bass-work), "Train in Vain" (very nice drum-guitar duo), "Guns of Brixton" (woa! who doesn't like that one!), "Know Your Rights" (great "public announcement" done by with a guitar), "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (excellent, excellent) and to close it off, "Straight to Hell."

Now, you may be thinking "Hey, hasn't he just said that 12/17 songs were simply awsome and great?" Isn't he kind maybe a fanatic? No, I'm not a fanatic. Yet in an age where bands such as Simple Plan and all the other Blink-182s and Good Charlottes are thought of as the symbols of punk, it's good to hear some awesome, simple yet smart and political "real punk". They sing about politics ("City of the Dead," "Straight to Hell," "I Fought the Law," "London Calling") and "silly" things ("Should I Stay or Go") and influenced bands ranging from Rancid to the Libertines, passing by Celtas Cortos and the Suicide Machines. The Clash did what many bands weren't able to do: Be influenced, have their own sound, stick to it and then influence others.

 

 
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grbrian (April 2, 2011)

green day know your enemy has to be hugely influenced by the clash.
I know clash were mainstream rockers but i don't think back then it was so crapy as the mainstream music is now.

lushj (December 28, 2006)

Oh yeah, and the version of "Know Your Rights" here is even better than the studio one on Wombat Cock.

ABedForLiars (September 2, 2006)

Yes, the Clash are the shit.

Anonymous (December 30, 2005)

"I fail to see what's so punk rock about the Clash. I mean, everyone's heard of them. My grandmother knows about them for chrissakes, and she's 75. Isn't punk based on being unknown? Fuck the Clash; they're bigger than Good Charlotte."

That is extremely retarded. For one, you don't have to be "Unkown" to be punk, there are plenty of bands that are known that have earned the "Punk" title. And anyways, half the kids at my school dont even know who the fuck The Clash is!

Anyways, this album is one of my favorites, it has alot of their good songs (and some of their bad ones) I think they could have picked a better version of "Guns of Brixton" just because the vocals bug me and I've heard Paul do them better live.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Thanks for those words of wisdom.

Anonymous (October 28, 2005)

if you dont like something, shut your mouth and try and do better. this applies to EVERYTHING in life, not just music.

housewrecker (October 26, 2005)

I'll confess enjoying Mondo Bizzarro as well. The "Touring" RNR high school rip off, and it's funny because if you listen to "I can't wait till tomorrow", it's Misfits I turned into a Martian with different words. That always made me laugh. Gabba Gabba Hey

lushj (October 25, 2005)

Whoops, my bad. Maybe I should post after I've had a cuppa coffee next time. Okay, Animal Boy DOES have "Somebody Put Something In My Drink" & the title track, but Halfway to Sanity has Bop Til You Drop, Weasel Face, Garden of Serenity, I Know Better Now, and Go Lil Camaro Go.

Brain Drain is also criminally underrated with Merry Christmas I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight, Zero Zero UFO, Pet Cemetary, Don't Bust My Chops, Come Back Baby, and their version of Palisades Park.

I'd say the next listenable Ramones record was Adios Amigos.

housewrecker (October 25, 2005)

I LOVE Too Tough to Die. Dangers of Love, No Go, Chasin' the Night are some of my favorite underated Ramones pop songs. I guess we're off topic here, but it's cool when people actually know good music.

TheOneTrueBill (October 25, 2005)

I don't know, I always felt that Animal Boy was the best of the Richie era. Too Tough To Die has a few too many slooooooow songs and Halfway to Sanity seems kind of bland. Maybe I'm just biased because Animal Boy was my first Ramones album outside of the first four.

But you're right, Go Lil' Camero Go is a great song.

housewrecker (October 25, 2005)

It's Go little Camero Go. And Merry Xmas was on Brain Drain, their next album. Both albums are great....Animal Boy does have Something to Believe In though....

exploitedyouth (October 25, 2005)

"Funny thing: I used to think Joe Stummer's lyrics sucked, but then looked at the rest of the 76-78 bands... I think only Crass stands up to them in that department, and maybe the Sex Pistols. And Crass sure as hell could not play as well."

I was looking through the liner notes of Stations of Crass the other day and just noticed that that cd's lyrics read like a big article and a good one at that.

lushj (October 25, 2005)

"Woah woah woah, you like Halfway to Sanity better than Animal Boy? Are you nuts?!?!"

I'm crazy for Halfway to Sanity- "Hey Little Camaro Go" with Deborah Harry? "Merry Christmas I Don't Want To Fight Tonight"? Ramones pop radness! I thought Animal Boy was a little blah (though it has some good tunes).

housewrecker (October 25, 2005)

LushJ you are right on again. I don't just kiss your ass cuz I was a criminals fan either.

I do agree that SOME people say they like the Clash because it's instant cool points. Like when a glam rock band wears a Ramones or CBGBs T-shirt. The reason certain bands give instant cool points from cool people is not always totally unfounded. They actually ARE that cool. It's not a matter of saying everything old is better. Clash were fusing reggae and latin influences when a lot of today's hit bands are still stumbling trying to play power-chords. They really did have something to offer. Stiff Little Finger knew how to craft a well-written pop-song too. The early 90s DIY scene made it uncool to know anything about music. You had to play a pawn shop guitar and if you ever studied music or took a lesson you were a poser sellout. That's gone now and the Clash are one of those standout bands who could actually play.

inanechild (October 25, 2005)

I don't understand this trend, especially among newer punk fans, to dismiss older bands as being overrated and any fans of those bands as merely trying to "prove cred." Although I'm a fan of older punk, there are plenty of bands I think have an unjustified legacy, but I have no interest in bitching on every review page. It smacks of simply trying to loudly justify why you don't know anything pre-Nirvana than actually expressing an opinion, and as the Godfather said, there's a website for kids like that...

TheOneTrueBill (October 25, 2005)

Woah woah woah, you like Halfway to Sanity better than Animal Boy? Are you nuts?!?!

lushj (October 25, 2005)

"Musically, you're dead to me if you play in a shitty band like the Frisk!"

Awesome, sounds like we're even! Who are your must-hear bands, anonymous poster?

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Yeah, anyone who doesn't like the Clash for one of their forms (be it punk, pop-rock, hip hop or white boy dub) is is undeniably musically underdeveloped.

Funny thing: I used to think Joe Stummer's lyrics sucked, but then looked at the rest of the 76-78 bands... I think only Crass stands up to them in that department, and maybe the Sex Pistols. And Crass sure as hell could not play as well.

-Will

PS- Anyone who likes "grind" more than this can go drink piss and get shat on.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

Musically, you're dead to me if you have heard the Clash and can completely dismiss them. Ditto Devo. Sorry, that's the way it is. I think that's echoed by others here. They aren't necessarily the greatest every single moment ("Cut The Crap", 4/5ths of "Sandinista"), but that makes them even better 'cause they AREN'T superhuman.

The Clash are the Batman of music, cause while they aren't perfect at least they aren't Superman- the dude who has super-everything powers and is boring as all get-out to read because he can do everything. Batman (and The Clash, and The Ramones, and Devo) fucked up enough to make it interesting. Would "Halfway to Sanity" be better than "Animal Boy"? (Thank Ramone it was GREAT!) Would "Wombat Cock" be more cohesive- er, listenable- than "Sandinista"? Whew!

So yeah, this live record is 8/10. As rad as the live 1980 Devo record. Not as rad as Ramones "It's Alive" (though that's one of the best live records ever). The new live Dictators? Fucking rad- at least a 7 or 8 outta 10.

Musically, you're dead to me if you play in a shitty band like the Frisk!

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

They just don't know about them, that's the thing. If you don't like obscure modern punk bands, you're not a true punk fan; you're just one of those lamers who think that anything old is automatically superior than anything release in the last twenty years.

-nfgrawker

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"I fail to see what's so punk rock about the Clash. I mean, everyone's heard of them. My grandmother knows about them for chrissakes, and she's 75. Isn't punk based on being unknown? Fuck the Clash; they're bigger than Good Charlotte."

Exactly. They're one of the few bands from this era that these kids are familiar with though, so its why they choose to like them instead of other underground punk bands that people have forgotten about.
The Clash is the cool band to like. If you say that you like the Clash, then you automatically get points.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

I fail to see what's so punk rock about the Clash. I mean, everyone's heard of them. My grandmother knows about them for chrissakes, and she's 75. Isn't punk based on being unknown? Fuck the Clash; they're bigger than Good Charlotte.

-nfgrawker

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

I love to have my cock nibbled on by ferrets.

-Will

lushj (October 24, 2005)

Musically, you're dead to me if you have heard the Clash and can completely dismiss them. Ditto Devo. Sorry, that's the way it is. I think that's echoed by others here. They aren't necessarily the greatest every single moment ("Cut The Crap", 4/5ths of "Sandinista"), but that makes them even better 'cause they AREN'T superhuman.

The Clash are the Batman of music, cause while they aren't perfect at least they aren't Superman- the dude who has super-everything powers and is boring as all get-out to read because he can do everything. Batman (and The Clash, and The Ramones, and Devo) fucked up enough to make it interesting. Would "Halfway to Sanity" be better than "Animal Boy"? (Thank Ramone it was GREAT!) Would "Wombat Cock" be more cohesive- er, listenable- than "Sandinista"? Whew!

So yeah, this live record is 8/10. As rad as the live 1980 Devo record. Not as rad as Ramones "It's Alive" (though that's one of the best live records ever). The new live Dictators? Fucking rad- at least a 7 or 8 outta 10.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"i've sent the grim reeper after your ass."

Yes, because he has broken Rule #1 of PUNK RAWK:
Love the Clash, or else you're not punk.

CallingLondon (October 24, 2005)

"I hate this fucking band. Generic pop rock. London Calling is the most overrated album of all time.

-Chinatown"

i've sent the grim reeper after your ass.

Godfather (October 24, 2005)

the godfather found a website for people that dont like the clash: http://www.absolutepunk.net/

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

sorry, i meant to include post-graduate know it all twats as well.

fallingupwards84 (October 24, 2005)

"who in the fuck doesn't like the clash? pull your fucking heads out of your mommies asses you pre-teen twats."

I don't like the Clash and I'm a college graduate.. not a pre-teen.
While they do have genuine fans, I think a lot of people just listen to them because its the "punk rock" thing to do.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

jebus you people suck. who in the fuck doesn't like the clash? pull your fucking heads out of your mommies asses you pre-teen twats.

rrrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhh.

housewrecker (October 24, 2005)

Man I can't believe all this Clash dissing. When I was younger I only liked their first album because it was the only one "punk" enough for me. When I got older I learned a lot about music, studied a lot of history, and traveled more of the world and then the songs REALLY hit home, musically and lyrically. LIstening to Spanish Bombs in the south of the Andalucia part of Spain while drinking tinto veranos in the sun is about as awesome as life can get.

rkl (October 24, 2005)

The Clash - From Here to Eternity: Live
Posted by LevitateMe on 2005-10-24 00:42:01

What's with all of the anti-Clash sentiment? You people who hate them are either 15 or have really bad taste in music. Chinatown, you call them generic pop rock, but also think that Twin Cinema is the album of the year?

Maybe some of you don't like them because you don't think that they're punk. That's mostly true, their self-titled was their only punk album and the song "All The Young Punks" from Give 'em Enough Rope was basically their way of telling the world that they had moved on. Calling them punk is really just a courtesy because their first album was so influential and so important to the development of the genre. So if that's the case and you only like punk, maybe you should try something else, give this band a proper listen. You must be very bored. And if you're 15 (or so) in a couple of years it's going to hit you and you'll tell all of your peers that you've been a life-long fan.

i think youve got things a bit backwards. when i was 15, i was really into the clash, to the point where i went through 3 tapes of london calling.
then as i got older, i realized there were better lyricists out there, and i also had the desire to listen to heavier music.
i dont hate the clash, but i wouldnt put them in my top 5, or even my top 20(just speaking of bands from the 78-85 era, even). there's better stuff out there. so people dont like it? big deal, no reason to get your diaphragm in a wad.

sickboi (October 24, 2005)

Someone stole this from me...

I was pissed for a while, but I'm over it.

Godfather (October 24, 2005)

the godfather meant *staple

Godfather (October 24, 2005)

the godfather says 'london calling' is a stable in any punk rock collection

LevitateMe (October 24, 2005)

*steam

LevitateMe (October 24, 2005)

Superdude,

This stuff was great and very refreshing when you first started, but you seem to be running out of stream as of late. I'm your biggest fan, but I'd suggest thinking up a new schtick.

Take care,

LM

superdude (October 24, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Did they get sued by Yield?

2. They totally ripped off Alkaline Trio too.

3. Lawyers - this is a good band to work for.

pasha (October 24, 2005)

actually, all the songs I said were political are related to politics or social problems. London Calling less, but all the others really do.

PS: I LIKE the word like.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"London Calling" overrated? wow....dude....

TheOneTrueBill (October 24, 2005)

The Deftones are a guilty pleasure of mine. I still haven't picked up the b-sides/DVD yet though.

LevitateMe (October 24, 2005)

What's with all of the anti-Clash sentiment? You people who hate them are either 15 or have really bad taste in music. Chinatown, you call them generic pop rock, but also think that Twin Cinema is the album of the year?

Maybe some of you don't like them because you don't think that they're punk. That's mostly true, their self-titled was their only punk album and the song "All The Young Punks" from Give 'em Enough Rope was basically their way of telling the world that they had moved on. Calling them punk is really just a courtesy because their first album was so influential and so important to the development of the genre. So if that's the case and you only like punk, maybe you should try something else, give this band a proper listen. You must be very bored. And if you're 15 (or so) in a couple of years it's going to hit you and you'll tell all of your peers that you've been a life-long fan.

localh (October 24, 2005)

there was an around the fur review for like 2 hours it was awesome.... The only good review though the rest of were hillary duff limp bizkit velvet revolver new 311 cd and some other stuff

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

the clash is possibly the most overrated band in history

yay for major-label PUNX

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

I'm surprised more people aren't clamoring for the Steven Seagal review (seriously). I was laughing my ass off.

OC

kenjamin (October 24, 2005)

The leaders are keeping things hush-hush, hoping that his will blow over and we'll just all forget or get tired of asking about the leaked Duff review. Brian, Aubin, and Adam, we demand answers!

Russe11 (October 23, 2005)

But ya, I love the deftones, so I'm definately interested in reading about it or hearing more about it. Wasn't there a really long Hilary Duff review as well? wtf?

Russe11 (October 23, 2005)

So what was the Deftones review? Someone please explain. Also, it seems that this has happened a few times before (reviews getting posted then taken off). What's up with that?

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

When was this actually recorded?

Pope_Skeletor (October 23, 2005)

Also, From Here to Infirmary was the name of an episode of Itchy and Scratchy.

lushj (October 23, 2005)

This version of "Know Your Rights" is great- the music just clicks on this version. Something about it being a stripped down live version, I guess. For live records, this one stands up there with Ramones "It's Alive"!

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

The rendition of Guns Of Brixton is sloppy but still pretty cool.

yayforapathy (October 23, 2005)

I know I might get some hate for this but:

Besides a couple of songs I find the Clash very lame. I get their relevance on the punk scene, but I just think there kind of boring. Just my opinion though...

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I hate this fucking band. Generic pop rock. London Calling is the most overrated album of all time.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

terrible review. could you use the word "great" a few more times?

and, by the way, you need to read the lyrics a little closer. while the clash were very politically direct, a couple of the songs you mentioned have nothing to do with politics.

Godfather (October 23, 2005)

"Bring back the Deftones review!!!!"

hey that was probably mine....hopefully they'll put it back up....it's your typical godfather review, really lame....but i know some people here like/liked the deftones

localh (October 23, 2005)

clash is the most over rated band ever....

LevitateMe (October 23, 2005)

Thanks, and I hope you do well on your mid-term

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

The title "From Here to Eternity" originally comes from a 1953 movie about military men in Hawaii in 1941 right before Pearl Harbor. Also unrequited love and backstabbing, etc. innocence about to be lost.

You all would recognize the super famous scene of two leads kissing while laying down on the beach and the wake washing up against them. It's used in almost every single one of those movie montages that the studios release to celebrate however many decades of movies they've made to touch different generations, etc.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

did they get it from here?

i think the title "from here to eternity" is bigger than just being the title of a clash album...

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

So this is where The Alkaline Trio got "From Here to Infirmary". Main, I wish they they were still a good band.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Now, really, no one actually thinks (and this includes the youth) that Simple Plan and Good Charlotte, etc. are "the symbols of punk."

This is a solid disc, but do people who have it along with a heavy Clash collection actually find themselves listening to it? I don't. I tend to listen to the classic albums (S/T, London Calling, Combat Rock, Sandinista).

maverick (October 23, 2005)

To the person below:

I LOLed. Thanks.

-Scott

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

the first sentence of this review should be changed from "The Clash; you may not like them, but you have to admire them" to "The Clash; you may not like them, but then you should be gassed."

McGarnicle (October 23, 2005)

Rancid Sucks (And The Clash Sucked Too)

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Only when compared to the socially poignant and insightful lyrics of Anal Cunt.

gladimnotemo (October 23, 2005)

I love the Clash, but this album is really just sub-par.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

in all honesty, i don't listen to this one that much. i think the track list leans to heavily on the first album and ignores a lot of their catalouge all together. what's there is good, but i still prefer the studio versions most of the time. the packet is a fun read though.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

tiger army is much more orginal and better

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

The last Joe Strummer record is better than the entire clash catalog. Yes, people give me shit for saying that all the time, but it is so...fucking....true.

-Ken

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Rancid Sucks (And The Clash Sucked Too)

pasha (October 23, 2005)

yeah, I bashed blink 182, but not for not being original (which they aren't really anyway), but for being THE mainstream name in punk music. When you ask a non-punk fan if they like punk, they'll probably say:" what, like Blink 182?". That's irritating.

aubin (October 23, 2005)

Part of what made this one so perfect was that it didn't turn into a live "greatest hits" record, but covered a lot of their best material. A lot of these live albums turn into a singles showcase, but this one really manages to provide a solid overview of the band and it doesn't hurt that it sounds amazing.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"Be influenced, have their own sound, stick to it and then influence others."

You bash Blink182, but is that not what they have accompished in a way with the 10,000 clone pop punk bands out there? Just a thought.

Moo

localh (October 23, 2005)

Bring back the Deftones review!!!!

Crookedsuperhero (October 23, 2005)

Wow, awful review.

I'm not too big on live records, but this was ok.

inanechild (October 23, 2005)

I love this album. While they put a little too many songs off the first album on there, it's still got great sound quality.

threechordsandthetruth (October 23, 2005)

" and other great songs: "London's Burning" (with some great vocals by the great Joe Strummer)"

For future reference, my friend, here are some synonyms for 'great':

able, absolute, aces, adept, admirable, adroit, bad, best, brutal, cold, complete, consummate, crack, downright, dynamite, egregious, exceptional, expert, fab, fantastic, fine, first-rate, good, heavy, hellacious, marvelous, masterly, mostest, number one, out-and-out, perfect, positive, proficient, skilled, skillful, super dupe, surpassing, terrific, total, tough, transcendent, tremendous, unmitigated, unqualified, utter, wonderful, zero cool.

theundergroundscene (October 23, 2005)

is "spanish bombs" on this?

that's my favorite clash song, so good

Godfather (October 23, 2005)

id give this a 10, but its hard for me to give any live album a perfect score

LevitateMe (October 23, 2005)

A poster of this album cover is the only thing on any of the walls at my place.

TheOneTrueBill (October 23, 2005)

This is a ridiculously good album. I got it when I was still kind of new to punk rock, so it helped me to appreciate the Clash a lot. Some of their studio recordings were still a bit "out there" for me to appreciate at the time, but when I heard them in a stripped down setting I grew to know and love them. Then I went back to the records (Sandinista! in particular) and loved them.

True story.

psychoos231 (October 23, 2005)

Crappy review but i love this cd. This score is for "Straight to Hell"

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

good review,good band
but really there is no need to take shots at blink...yes they are not the clash,but they are still a rad pop punk band.

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