Episode 128: Authenticity Sediment

Matt, Ryan, and special guest Cognac listen to The Clash’s “London Calling.”

Matt, Ryan, and speical guest Cognac listen to and discuss The Clash’s London Calling.


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2 Comments on “Episode 128: Authenticity Sediment”

  1. Rambler #

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting this one for weeks. Now that it’s landed my only regret is that it ends so close to the 1 hr mark.

    I’m a bit surprised that the phrase ‘stationary banditry’ didn’t come up. It seems to me that another thing that the album articulates is a band at the deciding point of roving or stationary.
    The castle has been stormed, the heads have rolled, and now they have to face the choice of trying to become the new royalty or setting their sights on the next horizon.

    … I’ve got a couple of hours of thoughts on this (particularly the thought of Strummer himself as an artist perpetually at this deciding point) but I’ve got to get to work…


  2. Chris Morgan #

    It’s apt you mentioned dudes singing “Redemption Song,” because Joe Strummer himself, of course, covered that song. Also, given how much you guys discussed the aesthetics of Unknown Pleasures’ cover, it seems odd you didn’t really talk about the equally iconic cover of London Calling.

    So, if I recall correctly, this is the end of this semester, right? Are you heading back to the present? To talk about albums by bands like Alvvays and Ex Hex and Honeyblood and maybe some bands without female singers? Why aren’t there any albums by bands with male singers that have caught my interest? Am I missing out on them? Is this the kind of thing that TFT can alleviate?

    Also, in the future, when you are talking about the past, you should do 69 Love Songs. Now there’s an ambitious syllabus!


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