American Joe Queenan, who writes for a number of publications including the Guardian, penned an interestingly cranky piece about the Clash, London Calling (song and single), and the emotional hold it has on a generation. In short, he thinks we’ve been had just like the Boomers before us were, and all of the Clash’s anthemic calls to arms were just a marketing ploy.
Ok, it’s funny and well put. And in my more cynical “who gives a rat’s ass” moods (which occur more and more these days) I would concede. Except he played the Hitler card:
The Clash, including the now deceased Strummer, allowed “London Calling” to be used in a Jaguar TV commercial in 2002. Jaguar is owned by the Ford Motor Company, which was founded by a ferocious anti-semite who invented the assembly line and was admired by Adolf Hitler. Ironically, top-quality airplanes built by the Jew-loathing Henry Ford helped defeat the Nazis and his zombies of death. War was declared. Battle came down. After all this, won’t you give me a smile?
For fuck’s sake, most popular technology has evil militaristic origins. Did you have to lose us there? I thought you were smarter than that.