THE CLASH - 'White Riot' / '1977' (CBS 5058) Mar 1977
Here's where it all started for London band The Clash with their very first single release. This version of 'White Riot' is a different take from the album version and it reached a respectable number 38 in the UK chart.
It's an aggressive attack of buzzsaw guitars, offbeat bass and slurred vocals.
The flip '1977' is a short burst of punk rock with a Kinks riff and was a non LP track. It contains the lyric,
"No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones....1977"
Surely a suggestion that for a brief period in England at least, the old guard were on the way out.
THE CLASH - 1977