One of punk’s most iconic albums, ‘London Calling’ remains one of the best albums of all time thanks to the power of the classic title track, “The Guns of Brixton” and “Death of Glory.”
Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. December 14th is one.
December 14, 1949: Clifford Williams, the legendary low end of AC/DC, is born. Check out a clip from his “farewell” show in Philadelphia, 2016. Of course, he rejoined the band for last year’s Powerage album.
December 14, 1979: The Clash release their third studio album, London Calling, as a double LP in the U.K.; it would see a stateside release in January of 1980. When my son was born in 2006, my uncle Neil gave us a copy of London Calling on CD to start the kid’s musical education in infancy. He wasn’t yet a year old when he was bopping in the backseat to the cut I’ve shared below.
December 14, 1992: Nirvana‘s b-sides and rarities compilation, Incesticide, hits record store shelves just in time for the holidays. A major label cash-grab? Absolutely. But the disparate tracks hang so well together that it’s become my favorite disc in the Nirvana catalogue. “Sliver” was the “single.”
BONUS BEATS! December 14th is also my brother’s birthday. He turns 40 this year, the old bastard, haha. Oh, wait. I’m 4 years older than he is. Joke’s on me, I guess.