If you like The Clash…

If you like some songs by The Clash, lis­ten to some today. Why not? Get reac­quaint­ed with their bro­ken Span­ish, deep lyrics, and ska-styled youth-out­rage. Start with Some­thing About Eng­land, for its hor­rif­ic rel­e­vance to today.

If you like The Clash, you can’t go wrong with “one of the five weird­est albums of all time,” the orig­i­nal San­din­ista! album. It is wacky, weird, has great cuts, and a short clip of school­child­ren singing Guns of Brix­ton. Warn­ing, this album is long, and you kin­da got­ta like The Clash.

If you actu­al­ly like The Clash a lot, do your­self a favor and check out The San­din­ista Project, a col­lec­tion of Clash cov­ers. The site linked is about the cre­ation of the album, but the album itself is pret­ty good (read: inter­est­ing), with a cou­ple of stand­outs that I like bet­ter than the orig­i­nals, notably Jun­co Part­ner by Jon Lang­ford and Sal­ly Timms. Of note, it does not include my very favorite Clash cov­er, The Guns of Brix­ton by Nou­velle Vague.

If you like The Clash like I do… you already have all those things. Car­ry on, you mar­velous bas­tards.