Morning, I stumbled across this older post today that lists the writer’s top ten Clash songs. Lists are always a good read and of course totally subjective. My favourite Clash album changes from year to year and as for songs what I’d write down as a top 10 today would certainly be different a week from now. How to compare and rank songs from such a vast selection? Seeing his list fired up something I’m planning for the blog and running as a feature.
A good few years ago The Wedding Present on their old site ran a knock out tournament to have visitors determine the top 20 songs by the band. It was a laugh to follow and threw up some controversy and fierce loyalty to certain tracks. If you’re in Europe (and for many elsewhere) you’re familiar with the FA Cup and the Champions League (sorry moved this over to football for a minute) and basically in the FA Cup any team (song) can play any other team (song). The danger in that is Complete Control might face London Calling in the early rounds.
So here’s my convuluted plan – incorporating the European Champions cup…up to 16 (perhaps 32) Clash songs are seeded and guaranteed to be in the late stages. You’ll help me determine those ‘seeded’ tracks by writing in or adding to comments a top 10 or (5) Clash songs – totally up to you. I’ll then get together all remaining Clash songs and generate a random tournament for the unseeded songs.
Each day I’ll offer up 2 tracks and allow probably 48-72 hours of votes. The winner continuing to the next round. When it gets to the group stages we’ll be able to determine the real (?) best Clash songs of all time.
So, until I sort this out – probably starting Aug 12 to coincide with the new season I’d welcome your top 5 or 10 songs to be considered for the latter stages. Please email me at Tim(at)theclashblog.com or add comments to this post (or others). I’ll announce the seeded songs by August 9th.
Hope that all makes sense.
Back to the list that started my frenzy – some real belters in there but perhaps an over-reliance on London Calling. I would give definite approval to how original his top 3 are, though again all from the aforementioned album.
Any questions? Let me know…I also need a good name for the tournament.