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The Clash — The Magnificent Seven
Album: Sandinista!
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Released: 1980
Length: 5:27
Plays (last 30 days): 4
The magnificent seven
Ring! Ring! It's 7 A.M.!
Move y'self to go again
Cold water in the face
Brings you back to this awful place
Knuckle merchants and you bankers, too
Must get up an' learn those rules
Weather man and the crazy chief
One says sun and one says sleet
A.M. and the F.M. the P.M. too
Churning out that boogaloo
Gets you up and gets you out
But how long can you keep it up?
Gimme Honda gimme Sony
So cheap and real phony
Hong Kong dollars Indian cents
English pounds and Eskimo pence

You lot! What?
Don't stop! Give it all you got!
You lot! What?
Don't stop! Yeah!
You lot! What?
Don't stop! Give it all you got!
You lot! What?
Don't stop! Yeah!

Working for a rise better my station
And take my baby to sophistication
Seen the ads, she thinks it's nice
Better work hard I seen the price
Never mind that it's time for the bus
We got to work an' you're one of us
Clocks go slow in a place of work
Minutes drag and the hours jerk
Yeah wave bye-bye

'''''Spoken:'''''
"When can I tell 'em wot I do?
In a second, maaan...
oright Chuck!"

Wave buh-buh-buh-bye to the boss
It's our profit, it's his loss
But anyway the lunch bells ring
Take one hour do your thanng!
Cheeesboiger!

What do we have for entertainment?
Cops kicking Gypsies on the pavement
Now the news has snapped to attention!
Lunar landing of the dentist convention
Italian mobster shoots a lobster
Seafood restaurant gets out of hand
Car in the fridge
Or fridge in the car?
Like cowboys do in T.V. land

You lot! What? Don't stop give it all you got
You lot! What? Don't stop. Huh?
You lot! What? Don't stop give it all you got
You lot! What? Don't stop.

So get back to work and sweat some more
The sun will sink and we'll get out the door
It's no good for man to work in cages
Hit the town he drinks his wages
You're fretting you're sweating
But did you notice you ain't getting?
You're fretting you're sweating
But did you notice you not getting anywhere?
Don't you ever stop long enough to start?
To take your car outta that gear
Don't you ever stop long enough to start?
To get your car outta that gear
Karlo Marx and Fredrich Engels
Came to the checkout at the 7-11
Marx was skint but he had sense
Engels lent him the necessary pence

What have we got? Yeh-o
What have we got? Yeh-o
What have we got? magnificence!
(Spoken) I say
What have we got?

Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi
Went to the park to check on the game
They was murdered by the other team
Who went on to win 50-nil
You can be true, you can be false
You be given the same reward
Socrates and Milhous Nixon
Both went the same way through the kitchen
Plato the Greek or Rin Tin Tin
Who's more famous to the billion millions?
News Flash: Vacuum Cleaner Sucks Up Budgie
Oooohh oww...buh-bye

Buh bu

Magnificence!!

FUCKING LONG, INNIT?
Comments (479)add comment
Can we be done with this burger meme please - it's cute, but silly; this powerful song deserves a bit more reverence IMHO.  Pretty sure Mick & Joe would not find it so amusing.
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!

or show my age with "Coke, no Pepsi, we change!"
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!
I can haz?

Vacuum clean sucks up fungi
I listened to this entire record for so long the needle cut all the way through the grooves and I had a spiral ribbon of vinyl come off the turntable.
YOU LOT! WHAT!
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!



Made me smile. Thanks!
Always wondered what Budgie's back story was.
Ah - just realized Budgie is a kind of parakeet!
Not one of my favourite Clash songs but I just read the lyrics and like it better.
 xray38 wrote:

Maaaaaaagnificent!



SEVEN!


Pillow! War!
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!


Cheeesboiger belongs at the top of the comments page!
 rpdevotee wrote:

I used to LOVE this song...Best bass line in modern rock!



 exjunkie wrote:

The timeline from disco to punk is pretty tight.



 jkforde wrote:

not long enough!



 Easyrider wrote:

Great times and stomping good tunes😊



 Max32 wrote:

R P is jamming today!



 cavemanleong wrote:

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaagnificence! 



 myelich wrote:
This song never gets old ~ loved it then, love it now. 


 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!

It's the will of the Cheeesboiger, I mean, people!
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!


This should fill up the whole comments page!
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!


Sorry, but for me this is so silly for such a powerful song from the Clash (I don't thing they would find it amusing at all).
 exjunkie wrote:

The timeline from disco to punk is pretty tight.



Because people were PISSED after suffering through disco! ;)
I know there's a lot of love for The Clash, but this is mediocre.  There are many far-better Clash songs that you could offer up, but this really sounds like they phoned it in....
 rhlrstn wrote:


2 people downvoted this... I don'd understand!


Burgered if I know!
 rhlrstn wrote:


2 people downvoted this... I don'd understand!


It trivializes an important and powerful song (one perspective)
Yeah, I dug this the most but it just hasn't held up too well, innit?
 rhiangalthie wrote:


Really not sure how you get disco out of this.

It is danceable though!
 twohearted wrote:

i like a lot of clash stuff but disco still sucks



Really not sure how you get disco out of this.
Pretty fuckin' long innit?
 rhlrstn wrote:


2 people downvoted this... I don'd understand!


There's some uptight folks who don't like seeing animated GIFs in the song comments for some reason. *shrug*
At first listening, I thought the lyrics said: "The vacuum cleaner sucks up budget." I was a bit disappointed.
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!


2 people downvoted this... I don'd understand!
This song never gets old ~ loved it then, love it now. 
i like a lot of clash stuff but disco still sucks
Maaaaaaaaaaaaaagnificence! 
R P is jamming today!
 exjunkie wrote:
The timeline from disco to punk is pretty tight.
 
They essentially overlap. At least that version of punk overlaps.
Great times and stomping good tunes😊
 exjunkie wrote:
The timeline from disco to punk is pretty tight.
 So true. Totally freaks me out when I think back on it. 

 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!
 

thanks for posting!  fits the song perfectly!
When it came out seams not enough punk. Too beaty. me parcío cuando salio "poco punk". Hasta se podía bailar !!!! No way The clash in discos?
 sjccroquet wrote:

This GIF sums up just about all I get from TikTok. Well, all but the snooping by foreign governments...
 
How is this in perfect synchronicity to the song?!?!
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!
 
This GIF sums up just about all I get from TikTok. Well, all but the snooping by foreign governments...
 justin4kick wrote:


Cheeesboiger!
 
That is perfection! 
not long enough!


Cheeesboiger!
Maaaaaaagnificent!
The timeline from disco to punk is pretty tight.
I used to LOVE this song...Best bass line in modern rock!
Never really got into teh Clash but this is still a solid groove after all these years.
move y'self to go again
 nbgurler wrote:
Great playlist today!
 

That's every day on RP.
Listening to The Clash today, I'm surprised at how much of a disco beat is in their music.
Great playlist today!
great to hear this again brings back memories 
So many memories inside this song. God I wish I could jam on the dance floor like the old days. Image result for seven
Definitely one of their all time greatest tunes (among many)!
Very strong 9 to me, considering 10
That rocked!
Thanks Bill!
Most excellent.
Long Live                                                                                                                                      Radio Paradise
I increase my rating from 8 to                                                                                    9 -OUTSTANDING 
Right on!
Thanks Bill - this is way better than John Cougar or the Counting Crows.
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

 

 
ey-azz. really mild. 
 kcar wrote:

{#No}

Most days I can take this song but today am really wishing Mick had taken the last line to heart before starting. 

 
Hmm, I always thought Joe wrote this, (Clash 101 so to speak)
You lot!

{#Clap}

Magnificent Seven?  Hellz no, Magnificent TEN! 


MAGGNIFICENT
 TerryS wrote:
Effin short, innit?

 
{#No}

Most days I can take this song but today am really wishing Mick had taken the last line to heart before starting. 
Quel fromage.
Ha ! The height of Punk was an OK Rock band.
Excellent stuff. Does not get old.
 Proclivities wrote:

I find it mildly amusing when someone makes up their own (inaccurate) version of history and then asserts his opinion as scientific fact.  It's like listening to Rush Limbaugh but not as annoying.

 
 
This just KICKS ASS! {#Bananajam}{#Guitarist}
Miss ya Joe! RIP{#Bounce}
Ring, ring
7:10 a.m.! 
never gets old
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}  desk dance 
 Rotterdam wrote:

May be so, but if you are not listening to the lyrics, does this not make you want to move? I can't sit still at my desk...

 
Listening to it makes me wish for an instrumental version.
Any audiophiles out there:  The Clash on HiDef is excellent - you would never have thought.  I got the "greatest hits" collection off HD Tracks and it's quite impressive.  Of course it includes this tune that I even use for auditioning equipment now....who knew?!
damn, he's a rhyming fool, I wonder if he can break dance too
might be my favorite Clash song.
Did they invent Disco Music? Mwahahaha! {#High-five}
vacuum cleaner sucks up budgie.

say no more...
 fredriley wrote:

{#Roflol} Was there ever a 12" version back in the day? 

 
"The Magnificent Dance", released on 12 April 1981 by CBS in 12-inch single format, is the dance remix of "The Magnificent Seven". The maxi single was released in the UK featuring an edited version of "The Magnificent Seven" on side-A, and in the U.S., where it was backed with the extended version of "The Cool Out". It is credited to "Pepe Unidos", a pseudonym for Strummer, Paul Simonon and manager Bernie Rhodes. "Pepe Unidos" also produced "The Cool Out", a remix of "The Call Up". This dance version "definitely capitalized on the funky groove of the original, adding in some very cool drumming."
All my early teenage years, trying to self-learn English by rapping on this song, as well as on the instrumental versions of Grandmaster Flash's The Message and Sugarhill's Gang Rapper's Delight. Still having gooseskin when hearing that particular sound of bass and guitar. Eternal.
Redefines adequate. 
 hanssachs wrote:
Dated, self-absorbed, and really tiresome - minority view, to be sure, but it is way too long, innit?

 
May be so, but if you are not listening to the lyrics, does this not make you want to move? I can't sit still at my desk...
 TerryS wrote:
Effin short, innit?

 
{#Roflol} Was there ever a 12" version back in the day? 
Effin short, innit?
{#Cheers}
>>That's not how this socialist has always interpreted that verse, which seems to be a not too subtle dig at pacifism.

That's not how I'm reading it. At least not the dig, just irony.
The original white boy reggae rap.
Rated it at 7. A good, solid, magnificent 7.
 ccjemmett wrote:

Not a minority view at all. The band is much loved but by a very small noisy bunch.

I find it amusing that the height of punk was really just a kinda ok rock band.

 
I find it mildly amusing when someone makes up their own (inaccurate) version of history and then asserts his opinion as scientific fact.  It's like listening to Rush Limbaugh but not as annoying.
 hanssachs wrote:
Dated, self-absorbed, and really tiresome - minority view, to be sure, but it is way too long, innit?

 
Not a minority view at all. The band is much loved but by a very small noisy bunch.

I find it amusing that the height of punk was really just a kinda ok rock band.


Classic again!
 Thin_Air wrote:

This is right up there with Rolf Harrris' "Two Little Boys" but if I had to choose then Rolf would get the nod. 



 
Nobody is happy with Rolf today.  Seems "innocent until proven guilty" does not apply in the UK.

edit: definitely guilty and becoming more so by the day.
 Lazarus wrote:

This classic song celebrates the absurdity of commercial consumption by the masses...  love it...

Karlo Marx and Fredrich Engels
Came to the checkout at the 7-11
Marx was skint - but he had sense
Engels lent him the necessary pence
What have we got? Yeh-o, magnificence!!
Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi
Went to the park to check on the game
But they was murdered by the other team
Who went on to win 50-nil
You can be true, you can be false
You'll be given the same reward
Socrates and Milhous Nixon
Both went the same way - through the kitchen
Plato the Greek or Rin Tin Tin
Who's more famous to the billion millions?

 
That's not how this socialist has always interpreted that verse, which seems to be a not too subtle dig at pacifism.
 hanssachs wrote:
Dated, self-absorbed, and really tiresome - minority view, to be sure, but it is way too long, innit?

 
No, it's fuckin' long, innit? ;-)
yeah. cheese boigah! never gets old.
{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Notworthy}
Great song indeed!
Dated, self-absorbed, and really tiresome - minority view, to be sure, but it is way too long, innit?
first time i head this album I was on mescaline.  I can still feel the beat taking over my nervous system.  Thanks too "Ed the Lock."
I like this song even better after reading the lyrics, which I'd never completely understood. Interesting stream of consciousness.

HEY!!  Joe's RAPPIN' again!!


 Foot wrote:
8 > 9

 
I just did same and then checked comments and see there is a clear theme! Awesome Tune!
Sony cheap and real phony! Lol
"Magnificent" tune from the masters of their generation and still is a stand out today -definitely a stranded on an island must have...
RIP Joe Strummer
 Foot wrote:
8 > 9

 
Good call.
8 > 9
A magnificent triple album with 36 tracks !!!

 
 3Dave wrote:
Rolling Stone recently had a readers poll of the "Best Clash Songs" this came in at number 11, I'd rate it higher than that.. one of my favorites, but definitely "hip-hop" before most people even knew the word. >>When the Clash moved the Sandinista! sessions to New York's Electric Lady Studios in April of 1980, the city was in the middle of an incredible musical renaissance. Hip-hop was emerging from the rec rooms and playgrounds of the Bronx to clubs all across the city, and Mick Jones was enamored by what he heard. "The Magnificent Seven" was the Clash's attempt to harness the energy of hip-hop in their own music. It was released as the third single from the album, and the B-side was a dance remix called "The Magnificent Dance." That got a lot of play in the discos all over the city as well. When the Clash did their legendary residency at Bonds in Times Square in the summer of 1981, they drew tons of disco and hip-hop fans in addition to the old-school punk fans. All of them screamed "New York, don't stop, give it all you got!" in unison when the band played "The Magnificent Seven" each night.<< 

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/readers-poll-the-best-clash-songs-20130813/11-the-magnificent-seven-0523951#ixzz2f59NcRR9 



 
Thanks for that.....puts the song into context.

I always thought that Strummer was the prime member of Clash, but now I know there's more to 'em than that.

"The thinking man's yobs"
Cheeesboiger!
Rolling Stone recently had a readers poll of the "Best Clash Songs" this came in at number 11, I'd rate it higher than that.. one of my favorites, but definitely "hip-hop" before most people even knew the word. >>When the Clash moved the Sandinista! sessions to New York's Electric Lady Studios in April of 1980, the city was in the middle of an incredible musical renaissance. Hip-hop was emerging from the rec rooms and playgrounds of the Bronx to clubs all across the city, and Mick Jones was enamored by what he heard. "The Magnificent Seven" was the Clash's attempt to harness the energy of hip-hop in their own music. It was released as the third single from the album, and the B-side was a dance remix called "The Magnificent Dance." That got a lot of play in the discos all over the city as well. When the Clash did their legendary residency at Bonds in Times Square in the summer of 1981, they drew tons of disco and hip-hop fans in addition to the old-school punk fans. All of them screamed "New York, don't stop, give it all you got!" in unison when the band played "The Magnificent Seven" each night.<< 

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/readers-poll-the-best-clash-songs-20130813/11-the-magnificent-seven-0523951#ixzz2f59NcRR9 


whadayagot? a headache{#Frustrated}
Do your ttthaaaaiiing! blublublublublublub
{#Bananasplit}
FTS CRAP
FTS , CRAP
Vacuum cleaner sucks up budgie. Magnificent.