The Clash – The famous punk rock band recorded “London calling” in London

A song by the British band that was released as a single from the band ‘s 1979 double album of the same name. The song was written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones.

The title alludes to the BBC World Service’s station identification: “This is London calling …”, which was used during World War II, often in broadcasts to occupied countries. The lyrics reflect the concern felt by Strummer about world events with the reference to “a nuclear error” – the incident at Three Mile Island, which occurred earlier in 1979.

The building that would become Wessex Studios was built in 1881 as a church hall of St. Augustine’s Church / Image source

“London Calling” was recorded at Wessex Studios located in a former church hall in Highbury in North London. The single was produced by Guy Stevens and engineered by Bill Price.

Clash was an English rock band formed in London in 1976 and were key players in the early wave of British punk rock. For most of their recording careers, Clash consisted of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and singer Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon and drummer Nicky “Topper” Headon. The group disbanded in early 1986.

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