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The Clash — Jimmy Jazz
Album: London Calling
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6.7

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Total ratings: 389









Released: 1979
Length: 3:55
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Police walked in for Jimmy Jazz
I said he ain't here, but he sure went past
Oh, you're looking for Jimmy Jazz

Yeah they say satta massagana for Jimmy Dread
Cut off his ears and chop off his head
Police come look for Jimmy Jazz

So if you're gonna take a message across the town
Maybe put it down somewhere over the other side
See it gets to Jimmy Jazz

Police came in they said, now where's Jimmy Jazz?
I said he was here but he sure went past
Police they be looking for Jimmy Jazz, jazz, jazz, jazz

Satta massagana for Jimmy Dread
Cut off his ears and they'll chop off his head
Oh you're looking for Jimmy Jazz, jazz, jazz, jazz

What a relief
I feel like a soldier, look like a thief
It's Jimmy Jazz

Don't you bother me, not any more
I cant take this tale, oh, no more
Its all around Jimmy Jazz

J-A-Z-Z, J-A-Z-Z
J-A-Z-Z, J-A-Z, Jimmy Jazz
And then it sucks
He said suck that

So go look all around
You can try your luck brother and see what you found
But I guarantee you that it ain't your day, your day, it ain't your day
Chop, chop
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 DragonSixGolf wrote:
This is the worst song i have ever heard. I'm not even joking a little.

 
fucking awful, innit?
Who needs the letter R?

Bard
Bad. 
 profoundpronoun wrote:
I had always heard that the Clash was a "hard rocking Britt band" that helped to inspire modern punk. Sorry, but I don't hear it from this track at least :)

 
I think this was inspired by The Beatles "You Know My Name, Look Up The Number" {#Ask}
This is the worst song i have ever heard. I'm not even joking a little.
 profoundpronoun wrote:
I had always heard that the Clash was a "hard rocking Britt band" that helped to inspire modern punk. Sorry, but I don't hear it from this track at least :)

 
When this album came out (1979), the punk movement was already waning (or at least diversifying/evolving into sub-genres such as "new wave"), and most would agree that this can't really be considered a punk album, nor do I think it was intended to be, by those Clash guys.
I had always heard that the Clash was a "hard rocking Britt band" that helped to inspire modern punk. Sorry, but I don't hear it from this track at least :)
 Fiji5555 wrote:
Wow such vocals..............sarcasm. {#Confused}

 

 Shimmer wrote:
I've heard a lot of The Clash over the years, but I've never understood how they got categorized as a "punk" band. Do they have any actual punk songs?

 
Shimmer,
Try listening to their first album, “The Clash,” especially White Riot and Career Opportunities. These songs are fast and chaotic sounding and reflect the earlier 1976-1977 pure punk sound. Like most bands that stayed together for a while, their sound evolved as they became more proficient with their instruments and were able to write and perform increasingly varied and complex music. You are definitely correct when you point out that many of their later songs do not really meet the classic criteria for a punk rock. I also might add, that like many bands of that era, (Ramones and the Go-Gos immediately come to mind) their live concerts featured a sound that was markedly louder, rawer and faster then their studio recordings. Shedding that initial garage band sound did allow them to broaden their appeal to a much wider audience, and while I personally prefer the older, snarling, take no prisoners attitude, they still made some great records in their later years.
Wow such vocals..............sarcasm. {#Confused}
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Sure, but they were better musicians than a lot of their contemporaries, and tended to write poppier songs, even with titles like "Drug-stabbing Time" or "White Riot."
 
 

 
Nice post. Scott!  I actually saw them play "White Riot" live in St. Paul in 1979 with a couple hundred other people in a friggin' hockey arena.  David Johansen and The Undertones were also on the bill.  GOOD TIMES!

Those early Clash songs had an element of mayhem which always worked for me.

Two observations:

1) I love a song that's under 2 minutes (White Riot) and still includes a guitar solo

2) I also liked Joe's overall look better BEFORE he got his teeth fixed...it screamed "WE'RE A GARAGE BAND, WE COME FROM GARAGELAND"!

 

 

 


 Shimmer wrote:
I've heard a lot of The Clash over the years, but I've never understood how they got categorized as a "punk" band. Do they have any actual punk songs?

 
Sure, but they were better musicians than a lot of their contemporaries, and tended to write poppier songs, even with titles like "Drug-stabbing Time" or "White Riot."
 
 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Invigoratingly different! Makes me crave hearing the even better The Right Profile; "--He sure looks funny/'at's Montgomery CLIFT, honey!"

 
Because of that song, I watched a few Montgomery Clift movies a couple years ago.  So far, I've taken in From Here to Eternity, A Place in the Sun, and Red River.  They've all been on the "plus side" to varying degrees.
Invigoratingly different! Makes me crave hearing the even better The Right Profile; "--He sure looks funny/'at's Montgomery CLIFT, honey!"
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes and Yes to the previous 7 posts, you are each genious' top of the line Rockers!!!! Fuckin Clash does it spot on!
Need to say I do love my Brother Jimmy, Peace Beautiful People  
 anok wrote:
Most certainly they are "PUNK", but like any other great musical talents/musicians/bands, they evolve, they appreciated the variety of music that was out there. check out their earlier work.   neuticle wrote:
  In My mind ( scary place that it is) they were almost the ultimate "Punk" band...not limited to any one musical style. Punk to me was about being open minded, not a musical genre

 
Shimmer wrote:
I've heard a lot of The Clash over the years, but I've never understood how they got categorized as a "punk" band. Do they have any actual punk songs?
 
 

Indeed, listen to their first 3 albums, the ones preceding London Calling. Don't forget that PUNK is an attitude, not necessarily hard fast 3 chord rock and roll.

 


Nevermind the bollocks! Play some Sex Pistols.
 dogdokken wrote:

Great is an understatement for London Calling. You have to read some pretentious 95+ point wine reviews for proper descriptions for this "enticingly layered and focused masterpiece, it's velvety rich texture is both nuanced and pronounced mouth feel, a chocolate silky finish provides the palette with a euphoric experience"

 
It's music, I doubt that's what the clash were going for and would laugh their bollocks off at you for talking such shit. shut it and listen.
 Lazarus wrote:

very cool...  from a GREAT album...
 
 
Great is an understatement for London Calling. You have to read some pretentious 95+ point wine reviews for proper descriptions for this "enticingly layered and focused masterpiece, it's velvety rich texture is both nuanced and pronounced mouth feel, a chocolate silky finish provides the palette with a euphoric experience"

very cool...  from a GREAT album...
 
At the height of their popularity, they demonstrated that they were as adaptive and perhaps as inventive as some of the great ones—the Beatles come to mind.
 Limpopoking wrote:


For maximum effect, play anything off Sandanista
 
YES!  YES!  Sandanista!!!!
The one song on this incredible album I cannot stand.  Ah well - I'll live.
Brings back memories of my brother, at dusk, sitting in living room listening to this.  

Thanks for turning me on to the Clash bro! 
Great song from maybe the greatest (and most diverse) rock album of all time.  
My first thought on hearing this was 'this is The Clash??' ... clearly I've underestimated the range of their music. I'll have to investigate further.

Thanks again Bill for broadening my musical awareness.
Most certainly they are "PUNK", but like any other great musical talents/musicians/bands, they evolve, they appreciated the variety of music that was out there. check out their earlier work.   neuticle wrote:
  In My mind ( scary place that it is) they were almost the ultimate "Punk" band...not limited to any one musical style. Punk to me was about being open minded, not a musical genre

 
Shimmer wrote:
I've heard a lot of The Clash over the years, but I've never understood how they got categorized as a "punk" band. Do they have any actual punk songs?
 
 


i'm actually going to Jimmy John's for lunch, what a coincidence {#Angel}

 
Papernapkin wrote:

Any idiot can destroy a guitar.
 
  Yeah, like Hendrix, Townsend, Cobain ,Page.etc..poor you

  In My mind ( scary place that it is) they were almost the ultimate "Punk" band...not limited to any one musical style. Punk to me was about being open minded, not a musical genre

 
Shimmer wrote:
I've heard a lot of The Clash over the years, but I've never understood how they got categorized as a "punk" band. Do they have any actual punk songs?
 


Check out early Clash songs like "White Riot" or "Janie Jones."

 Shimmer wrote:
I've heard a lot of The Clash over the years, but I've never understood how they got categorized as a "punk" band. Do they have any actual punk songs?
 


I've heard a lot of The Clash over the years, but I've never understood how they got categorized as a "punk" band. Do they have any actual punk songs?
 ArnoDick wrote:

Haha, wow, reading your comment history is like looking at a transcript of a Statler and Waldorf review. (Except not as funny.)
 

Waldorf: Well, what did you think?
Statler: Beats sitting around watching television
I haven't heard this in years.... guess I need to go rip that whole CD.
AHhh YES!

{#Clap}
8->9
Easily one of the best albums ever
As Joe said it:  J-A-Zed-Zed!!

Love this one....   {#Clap}


 Papernapkin wrote:

Any idiot can destroy a guitar.
 
Haha, wow, reading your comment history is like looking at a transcript of a Statler and Waldorf review. (Except not as funny.)

 SweTex wrote:

Yep, but only Mick Jones has the RIGHT to do it.

 
That picture is actually Paul Simonon smashing his bass.

This almost has a Grateful Dead-ish feel to it. Not bad.
 mikexican wrote:
Iggam nailed it... not the best song, but no matter. Play ANYTHING off London Calling and it's all good.
 

For maximum effect, play anything off Sandanista
 Papernapkin wrote:

Any idiot can destroy a guitar.
 
Yep, but only Mick Jones has the RIGHT to do it.

 aelfheld wrote:
Drugs are bad, m'kay.
 
mr mackey, mm'kay?

 suebee3 wrote:

have another drink.....yikes!

 
Cocktail hour already? Fine by me .... {#Cheers} Cheers. Chop Chop.

have another drink.....yikes!


I'm reminded of R. Crumb and his Jumpin' Jimmy Jizz.
 bronorb wrote:
Best album cover ever.
 
Any idiot can destroy a guitar.
Iggam nailed it... not the best song, but no matter. Play ANYTHING off London Calling and it's all good.
This song reminds me of Ian Dury.
Drugs are bad, m'kay.
I gave it a seven, only because it's not my favorite song on one of my all time favorite albums…and bands.
The Clash can do NO wrong, go ahead and play anything by them,fine by me!!!!{#Cowboy}

The album continues to grow in stature. Masterpiece.

And this is one of the many underrated gems on it.  As usual, great use of lots of "noises."

Creativity with conscience.
 
 
still one of my favorite albums!
Best album cover ever.