The Clash – London Calling

One of my first jobs was in a breezeblock factory. It was 12-hour shifts, 4 pm – 4 am. My main task was to man a machine that stacks the blocks, so I would order the blocks in the right pattern and move them onto the pallet and so forth. It was very very boring as I was alone for 99% shift. However, i loved the job as I was allowed to wear headphones while working. I would look forward to listening to new albums as I could zone out and fully take them in. They wouldn’t be on in the background, they would be at the forefront of my mind. This is where I discovered The Clash. I had known the odd song and liked it but that’s as far as it went. I loaded it onto my iPod, clocked into work and hit play…

…wow. A melting pot of punk attitude, soulful songs, reggae skank and rock n roll over 19 tracks. It was truly a musical experience. I listened to it in full again straight away. I won’t ever forget those nights. A lot of these top 50 albums were realised during that job.

“The Clash’s London Calling remains one of punk’s defining documents.” Pitchfork

This video is part of my Top 50 Albums on a ukulele project, if you enjoyed it why not check out some other classic albums that I arranged for ukulele. Like Oasis – Definitely Maybe, Stone Roses – Debut Album or The Beatles – Sgt Peppers.


London CallingScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.48.44

Brand New CadillacScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.48.51

Jimmy JazzScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.00

HatefulScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.06

Rudie Can’t FailScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.14

Spanish BombsScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.22

The Right ProfileScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.29

Lost in the SupermarketScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.34

ClampdownScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.41

The Guns of BrixtonScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.47Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.49.54

Wrong ‘Em BoyoScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.50.00

Death or GloryScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.50.06

Koka KolaScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.50.12

The Card CheatScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.50.17

Lover’s RockScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.50.22

Four HorsemenScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.50.27

I’m Not DownScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.50.34

Revolution RockScreen Shot 2017-05-29 at 21.50.39

Train in Vain

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Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lithium, Polly)
Radiohead ( Paranoid Android, Exit Music For Film, Karma Police)
Led Zeppelin ( Stairway To Heaven, Rock n Roll, Black Dog)
The Strokes ( Last Nite, The Modern Age, Hard To Explain)
Rage Against The Machine ( Killing In The Name Of, Take The Powerback, Bombtrack)

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