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The Clash — Lost in the Supermarket
Album: London Calling
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7.4

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Total ratings: 1366









Released: 1979
Length: 3:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer, guaranteed personality
I wasn't born so much as I fell out, nobody seemed to notice me
We had a hedge back home in the suburbs over which I never could see
I heard the people who lived on the ceiling scream and fight most scarily
Hearing that noise was my first ever feeling, that's how it's been all around me
I'm all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer, a guaranteed personality
I'm all tuned in, I see all the programmes, I save coupons from packets of tea
I've got my giant hit discothÚque album, I empty a bottle and I feel a bit free
The kids in the halls and the pipes in the walls make me noises for company
Long distance callers make long distance calls and the silence makes me lonely
I'm all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer, a guaranteed personality
And it's not here, it disappear
I'm all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer, guaranteed personality
I'm all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer, guaranteed personality
I'm all lost (I'm all lost in the supermarket)
I'm all lost (I can no longer shop happily)
I'm all lost (I came in here for that special offer, guaranteed personality)
I'm all lost (I'm all lost in the supermarket)
I'm all lost (I can no longer shop happily)
I'm all lost (I came in here for that special offer, guaranteed personality)
I'm all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer, guaranteed personality
I'm all lost, I'm all lost, I'm all lost
I'm all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer, guaranteed personality
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No more getting lost in the supermarket today
Now (because COVID) we have arrows on the floors, no getting lost in the supermarket...

2020
This is the first time I realise that “Common People” by Blur is basically a copy of this song…
 sirdroseph wrote:
I think that is a fair assessment. Sometimes they were pretty good, yes, pretty good.  When you call a band the only band that matters or other such "all time" accolades they better have the musicality, creativity and body of work to back it up.  Led Zepplin has that, The Beatles most certainly do, Pink Floyd, first 10 years of Elton John, Rolling Stones and a lot of others too.  Not The Clash.
 
They never called themselves that, that tagline came from Columbia Records, shortly after they were signed.
The Best Clash Album ever! I always loved this song!  
Love the Clash and this album. But this is such a "fluff" tune. So many other better songs to choose from on this album.

One of the best iconic album covers too. 
One of the great albums of alle time, and The Clash at their most poignant. More!
 jimtyrrell wrote:
I always liked this song but with RP s lyric button, I ve read the words for the first time and now love the song.
Thanks RP. 

 
ADD strikes again. Here I go to read lyrics.
I always liked this song but with RP s lyric button, I ve read the words for the first time and now love the song.
Thanks RP. 
more clash pls
I've found a  easy way out;  Whoa ! Supershopping  motivates.
More CLASH, please. Jimmy Jazz?!?!

Seminal album.

 
Believe it or not, this album was released 35 years ago last Sunday.
 gjeeg wrote:
The Clash took an AMRadio pill the day they did this...

 
And yet, I've never actually heard THIS SONG on AM (or even FM) radio!
I never thought about it this way but I do believe you have summed it up with your observation -  {#Cheers}

luv4music wrote:
The juxtaposition of the disdain in the lyrics that satirizes folks for "buying" their personality and conforming to popular societal behavior with the pop tune melody that those people would completely "buy" into in a heartbeat, is complete brilliance.

 


 sirdroseph wrote:


I think that is a fair assessment. Sometimes they were pretty good, yes, pretty good.  When you call a band the only band that matters or other such "all time" accolades they better have the musicality, creativity and body of work to back it up.  Led Zepplin has that, The Beatles most certainly do, Pink Floyd, first 10 years of Elton John, Rolling Stones and a lot of others too.  Not The Clash.

 
Depends how old you are, I was 16 when this came out and the album was a game changer....

 aspicer wrote:
Always felt the music does not match the lyrics.  Lighthearted "skipping along" music and some hard core authentic (great!) lyrics. For that reason this song falls a bit flat for me.  And don't get me wrong - I'm HUGE Clash fan!  {#Stop}

 
I love light hearted music with heavy lyrics.

Take pretty much the entirety of David Bowie's Hunky Dory album for example. 
The Clash took an AMRadio pill the day they did this...
The juxtaposition of the disdain in the lyrics that satirizes folks for "buying" their personality and conforming to popular societal behavior with the pop tune melody that those people would completely "buy" into in a heartbeat, is complete brilliance.
Always felt the music does not match the lyrics.  Lighthearted "skipping along" music and some hard core authentic (great!) lyrics. For that reason this song falls a bit flat for me.  And don't get me wrong - I'm HUGE Clash fan!  {#Stop}
 lemmoth wrote:
Sing it Mick.

 
 

 

Theme song while working at Safeway back in the day.
I can totally relate to this song.
Trashy pop?

How about PERFECT pop.  This is, perfect pop music.  Period.  From a bunch of punks.  'Nuff said, "10."
I did not like it at all :( boring...
 msymmes wrote:
Sort of agree but Joe was a genius!!! 

sirdroseph wrote:


I think that is a fair assessment. Sometimes they were pretty good, yes, pretty good.  When you call a band the only band that matters or other such "all time" accolades they better have the musicality, creativity and body of work to back it up.  Led Zepplin has that, The Beatles most certainly do, Pink Floyd, first 10 years of Elton John, Rolling Stones and a lot of others too.  Not The Clash.

 



 

Yes he was, we are on the same page!{#Cheers}
Love the Clash and London Calling is a game changing Album, but this is one of the weaker songs on it IMO.{#Neutral}
One other thing.   What an album !!!!!!!!   Maybe the best thing to come out of 1979.


 
Sort of agree but Joe was a genius!!! 

sirdroseph wrote:


I think that is a fair assessment. Sometimes they were pretty good, yes, pretty good.  When you call a band the only band that matters or other such "all time" accolades they better have the musicality, creativity and body of work to back it up.  Led Zepplin has that, The Beatles most certainly do, Pink Floyd, first 10 years of Elton John, Rolling Stones and a lot of others too.  Not The Clash.

 


Don't know why I am going to give this a TEN but what the hell...
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Just as I always suspected. Sometimes The Clash were just a trashy pop band. This is mediocre at best.

 

I think that is a fair assessment. Sometimes they were pretty good, yes, pretty good.  When you call a band the only band that matters or other such "all time" accolades they better have the musicality, creativity and body of work to back it up.  Led Zepplin has that, The Beatles most certainly do, Pink Floyd, first 10 years of Elton John, Rolling Stones and a lot of others too.  Not The Clash.

What a celebration of the absurdity of mass consumption...  love it...
 
This song is really uplifting and fun. A timeless "clashic".
I like this song, but when I hear it, I am not really hearing the "sticking it to the man" punk aspect.
Ahhh disco, your tentacles were far reaching.
 Luciano wrote:
This is not punk rock, this is classical music. Or classy music. Or The Clash.
 
Does that make it Clashical music? ;-)
Sing it Mick.
cigarettes, haggis and tea.
This is not punk rock, this is classical music. Or classy music. Or The Clash.
 Zep wrote:

Sacrilege! !
 

come on, I said almost!
Another great song from my favorite band ! Thanks Bill !
 dyharenas wrote:
Sounds almost like Crowded House!
 


Sacrilege! !
"I wasnt born so much as I fell out"
Tonight, on a very special episode of Extreme Couponing....
Love The Clash, but this song is just pretty good.
Lovely ditty from Mick Jones.

Illustrative of the great range of this album/band.
Just sayin'....

For a moment, in the day, the best band on the planet!


This may be my favorite Clash song, though I do love their dub stuff.
Great song.  I can see how some might not like it, but it's always been one of my favorites.  It doesn't rock like some of their stuff, but it does a great job of nailing the disillusion and isolation associated with modern suburban living and the often-associated culture of materialism. 

And the album?  If it's not the best of all time, it's certainly up there. 
 walchenbach wrote:
Album cover: 9
Music: 5
 

Bout sums it up correctly.{#Yes}
Sounds almost like Crowded House!
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Just as I always suspected. Sometimes The Clash were just a trashy pop band. This is mediocre at best.
 

Wow, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I have to venture that this one was ill informed from the start. 
 The_Enemy wrote:

and I was just thinking how good these guys were.

(Although I would love to hear a sped up, hard rock version of this) 
  the beauty of this band was in the variety of influences and their expression through the senior (Strummer) and junior (Jones) partners in the endeavor.

Lost and Train in Vain are two of my faves on this album - great Jones showcases.  but everything else is so damn good.

Rolling Stone called this the best album of the 80s. I think so too. {#Clap}
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Just as I always suspected. Sometimes The Clash were just a trashy pop band. This is mediocre at best.
 
and I was just thinking how good these guys were.

(Although I would love to hear a sped up, hard rock version of this) 
Just as I always suspected. Sometimes The Clash were just a trashy pop band. This is mediocre at best.
 EssexTex wrote:
Never got them at all...hated English "Punk" prefer Black Flag etc...Strummer was better solo.
 
Hmmmm...T.V. Party Tonight vs. Lost in the Supermarket.  Interesting.

I'll always love my big brother for 1.  Introducing me to the Clash  and 2.  Banning disco from the house.

He learned me well.
 rage wrote:
and still more RP genius!!
 

Agree, what's next Paul Weller?
and still more RP genius!!
 MLavender wrote:
Yeah, one of the best albums of the last 30 years, and yet....some of you are giving it a 5?!  This is AVERAGE???

Puh-lease.  I'm all for the whole "music is subjective" thing, but if you think this is average, well, okay, I guess it is to you.  It just means that you are mentally / musically challenged.  Some (many?) would argue that this is THE best album in the last 30 years.  But...so what, this song is the one exception?  Don't think so.  This IS above average.
 
To be fair, this particular song is being rated here, not the entire album.

 drife wrote:
The -very- best Clash song ever written.

I wasn't born so much as I fell out...
 
I've always loved that line for some reason{#Smile}
The album art was a brilliant copy of the first Elvis record. Both smashing the norm and honoring the elders of rock and roll.
 drife wrote:
My absolute favorite Clash song. It shines brilliantly above the others.
 
It's a keeper for sure. My favs are probably Washington Bullets and Guns of Brixton.

An iconic tune from one of the seminal bands in my life!  You can't possibly play too many tunes by The Clash!
OMG, I was just reminded I have to go buy food tonight!!!  d r e a d...thanks Clash
And it's not hear
It disappear
I'm all lost
The -very- best Clash song ever written.

I wasn't born so much as I fell out...
 ortallcowgirl wrote:
Can you pick me up some canned tomatoes, lb of ground beef, and some toothpaste?  Thanks!

(Sorry couldnt help it)
 
{#Lol}

 drife wrote:
My absolute favorite Clash song. It shines brilliantly above the others.
 
Really?!

Can you pick me up some canned tomatoes, lb of ground beef, and some toothpaste?  Thanks!

(Sorry couldnt help it)


RIP WBCN ! {#Sad}
Teeny-Bopper Clash! {#Propeller}
Awsome!! 9!
Yeah, one of the best albums of the last 30 years, and yet....some of you are giving it a 5?!  This is AVERAGE???

Puh-lease.  I'm all for the whole "music is subjective" thing, but if you think this is average, well, okay, I guess it is to you.  It just means that you are mentally / musically challenged.  Some (many?) would argue that this is THE best album in the last 30 years.  But...so what, this song is the one exception?  Don't think so.  This IS above average.
Album cover: 9
Music: 5
Please make it stop.
Not their best work, but still outstanding.

Any chance we could hear 'Lovers Rock'?

 mrcookieface wrote:
I wasn't born so much as I fell out is such an awesome line.

 
I think you should perhaps ask his mum about that.

Brilliant fecking band.  Miss them so much.  Apparently Mick wrote this song about/for Joe. 

RIP Joe.
 siandbeth wrote:
My son and nephew (5 and 8) will drop anything to come dance to this song, every time.
 

Same for my nephews, similar age living in France. So no worries about their musical tastes developing... 
(At the time the French seemed more interested in the Clash fashion sense than their music, but fortunately that was pretty good too.)
hey what happened to the ending and the lovely bass work? cut off? ouch.
xkolibuul wrote:
Hilarious! You're right.
Where's the dog face? I can't see it. Clue me in...
Arch_Stanton wrote:
This is my favorite clash song.
My son and nephew (5 and 8) will drop anything to come dance to this song, every time.
Gogol Bordello does a great cover of this, on "Gypsy Punks". Check it out!
eastcoast wrote:
is it me of there a dogs face on the front cover
?? I see Elvis.
This has always been my favorite Clash song as well. It's a perfect vignette.
Such a great song. Years ago, I used to be a janitor in a health food supermarket, when they played this on the radio, I'd crank it while sweeping or mopping. The words and music are the best rock. One of my favorite songs ever.
My absolute favorite Clash song. It shines brilliantly above the others.
I wasn't born so much as I fell out is such an awesome line.
Hilarious! You're right. eastcoast wrote:
is it me of there a dogs face on the front cover
love this following billy bragg
Never got them at all...hated English "Punk" prefer Black Flag etc...Strummer was better solo.
jpfueler wrote:
Sealed Bearings then...that's it...FAG sealed Bearings...for their rolling trolleys to haul equipment...right?
When I younger and times were less politically correct (late 80's), I laughed out loud the first time I drove the 401 west out of Toronto. It was dark, and nothing else around except a giant flaming red sign saying "FAG". In daylight, you could see the small print saying "ball bearings" and the factory set further in from the highway.
dionysius wrote:
"Cleanup in Aisle Seven! Some Commie Brit just lost his lunch after asking about our Guaranteed Personality!"
:lol: :lol: :lol:
You would almost think they were a pop band based on hearing this song. You can hear a little Big Audio Dynamite already as well.
steeler wrote:
Love the Clash, but this one always seemed somehow out of place. Not bad, mind you, but never quite seemed to be The Clash. Zep wrote:
Where the hell are you son!?
Uh, Pittsburgh, maybe?
Never did like that cover. Something wrong with the force versus inertia or something like that
Undeniable album of course
ed: What a pompous sounding post.  I think I meant he looks like quasimodo.  Still don't like the cover—-stil love the album
is it me of there a dogs face on the front cover
I can think of others sonofpick wrote:
The only band that matters.
The only band that matters.
jpfueler wrote:
Now why they wanted bundled sticks and why Keith had them, I can't fathom. No?
Talk about your obscure references!!
membeth wrote:
i just looked at the other tracks that RP has and i can't believe you don't play "rudie can't fail!" such a fantastic song...
I second the motion... :cheers:
Pazzat wrote:
I fear for the reactions of conservative American readers to this phrase: the slang works in English English, but might give Americans a slightly different picture.
Sorry, but this conservative sort knew exactly what he was talking about. Now why they wanted bundled sticks and why Keith had them, I can't fathom. No? Sealed Bearings then...that's it...FAG sealed Bearings...for their rolling trolleys to haul equipment...right? No? damn
The Clash or no...not worthy of RP.
i just looked at the other tracks that RP has and i can't believe you don't play "rudie can't fail!" such a fantastic song...
steeler wrote:
Love the Clash, but this one always seemed somehow out of place. Not bad, mind you, but never quite seemed to be The Clash.
Where the hell are you son!?
steeler wrote:
Love the Clash, but this one always seemed somehow out of place. Not bad, mind you, but never quite seemed to be The Clash.
You said that about Pink Floyd and "Money" and you're right on both counts. Love this song though.
Pazzat wrote:
I fear for the reactions of conservative American readers to this phrase: the slang works in English English, but might give Americans a slightly different picture.
I understood the reference immediately, but now I rethink what these "conservative American readers" might have misconstrued.... Quite a picture.
Pazzat wrote:
I fear for the reactions of conservative American readers to this phrase: the slang works in English English, but might give Americans a slightly different picture.
Some of us actually get the reference.
This is my favorite clash song.
Love the Clash, but this one always seemed somehow out of place. Not bad, mind you, but never quite seemed to be The Clash.
:bounce: :drummer:
Great song
Pazzat wrote:
I fear for the reactions of conservative American readers to this phrase: the slang works in English English, but might give Americans a slightly different picture.
Your right...for all you americans "fags" are cigarettes.
slowhand wrote:
They bummed alot of fags from Keith Richards.
I fear for the reactions of conservative American readers to this phrase: the slang works in English English, but might give Americans a slightly different picture.
dechenique wrote:
What do you mean "poppermost"?
My guess it is an oblique reference to Top of the Pops a British TV show that featured pretentious DJs presenting bands in the top 30 miming in a studio. The bland schmaltzy DJs often descended into self parody with puerile word play, like Toppermost of the Poppermost. Of course, the wordplay between Toppermost / Poppermost and Topper Headon is exactly the sort of self congratulatory smart arse link that would cause the DJ to smirk that complacent conceited expression that eventually prompted the TV execs to invite all the DJs onto a ship for a reunion of the ex-pirate radio DJs, and then scuttle the ship, with the loss of all lives on board. I made that last bit up. The show was axed as it was too cringeworthy and video killed the miming band format