THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Clash – “Train in Vain”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Clash – “Train in Vain”.

Fun fact: “Train in Vain” was a very last-minute addition to London Calling, and oddly enough, it became the band’s first top-40 US hit. (It was so last minute that it wasn’t even included on the track listing for the initial pressings of the album. Most fans just assumed it was some kind of hidden track.) Yet, for all the acclaim The Clash garnered from combining rock and reggae, they too were applauded for their fusion of Motown and country swing.

In hindsight, “Train in Vain” feels like an afterthought; it’s just so sonically different than the rest of the album — but in a good way. Jones’ Elvis swagger and Headon’s sugary-pop drum work tastes as sweet as that sounds (both on and off paper). Rumored to have been written about Mick Jones’ relationship at the time, this marks the first time Jones fronts a song on this list.

The Only Lyric That Matters: “But without all these things I can do/ But without your love I won’t make it through”.



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