London Calling

London Calling, Wrong Em Boyo, Guns Of brixton

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.

This video is part of a project I’m working on. I’m learning to play my favourite albums on a ukulele. If you enjoyed it why not check out some other classic albums that I arranged like Green Day or David Bowie.

The Clash Ukulele Tabs

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london calling

Intro Chords         Bass Riff

A|-2-------|-3-------|---------------------------------|---------------------7-------
E|-3-------|-0-------|-------------7-------------------|-------------7-5-6-7---------
C|-4-------|-0-------|-/4----7-4-7------0/4----7-4-7-0-|-4----4-4--------------------
G|---------|-0-------|---------------------------------|-----------------------------

guns of brixton

Chords

A|-----0-----2-----0-----2-----|-----2-----2-----2-----2----- E|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----|-----3-----2-----3-----2----- C|-----1-----2-----1-----2-----|-----2-----2-----2-----2----- G|-----2-----4-----2-----4-----|-----0-----4-----0-----4-----

Vocal Line

A|---5-9----9-9-10-9-|-9----9-9-10-9-|-7-9-10----12-10-9-|-7-7-5-5----5-5-7-9- E|-7-----------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------------- C|-------------------|---------------|-------------------|-------------------- G|-------------------|---------------|-------------------|--------------------

wrong em boyo

Intro Riff

A|-----5-7----8-8-7-5-------|-5-5----5-5-|-5h7p5h7p5h7p5-|-12/-5-7-5----5-7-5---- E|-3-7----------------7-5-7-|-7-7----7-7-|---------------|-12/-7-7-7----7-7-7---- C|--------------------------|------------|---------------|---------------------- G|--------------------------|------------|---------------|----------------------
Chords

A|----2----3----2----5----2----
E|----3----0----3----2----3----
C|----2----0----2----2----2----
G|----0----0----0----2----0----


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