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The Clash: The Clash (CBS 82000)

Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, September 1977

TO PARAPHRASE (and soft-peddle) the kind of language that greeted Patti Smith's Horses, this Clash album is a tremendous debut. Of all the new wave bands that have released longplayers to date, the Clash have so much more to offer that there's no contest. (Leave the Stranglers out of this; they're like apples and oranges.) I really hate gushing about a new band, especially in light of all the journalistic excesses lately, but the Clash have produced such a strange and wonderful blend of pop, metal, aggro, and politics that I keep playing the sucker over and over again.

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