Oldies but Goldies: White Riot

Heute vor 35 Jahren haben The Clash ihre Single White Riot veröffentlicht.

Wikipedia weiß dazu:

The song is short and intense, drawing influence from the Ramones‘ style of three chords played very fast. Mick Jones counts off „1-2-3-4“ at the start of the album version (in the single version, it instead begins with the sound of a police siren).

Lyrically, the song is about class economics and race and thus proved controversial: some people thought it was advocating a kind of race war.[1] Rather, lyricist Joe Strummer was trying to appeal to white youths to find a worthy cause to riot, as he felt blacks in the UK already had. It contains a positive message in the lines „Are you taking over / Or are you taking orders? / Are you going backwards / Or are you going forwards?“

The song was written after Joe Strummer and bassist Paul Simonon were involved in the riots at the Notting Hill Carnival of 1976.[1]