THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Clash – “Pressure Drop” (English Civil War” b-side (1979).
Originally recorded in 1969 by Toots And The Maytals — that The Clash made their own. Originally released as a B-side to the “English Civil War” single, “Pressure Drop” found new life after being included on the 1980 rarities compilation, Black Market Clash, and then the 1993 reissue, Super Black Market Clash.
The Clash’s take on it has, as is typical with their covers, more snarl than the happy-go-lucky Maytals version. It seems that Strummer’s sandpaper voice is able to make anything more sinister than originally intended, and while this is one of the more upbeat Clash numbers, you still wonder if there’s some kind of political message under Strummer’s, at times, indecipherable singing. This cover is one of the earliest, and clearest, examples of The Clash’s melding of reggae and punk.
The Only Lyric That Matters: “I said, ‘When it drops/ Oh, you gonna feel it/ Oh, that you were doin’ it wrong, wrong, wrong’”