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1. Dictator
2. Dirty Punk
3. We Are the Clash
4. Are You Red... Y
5. Cool Under Heat
6. Movers and Shakers
7. This Is England
8. Three Card Trick
9. Play to Win
10. Fingerpoppin'
11. North and South
12. Life Is Wild

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  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMZCW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Cut the Crap" is by far the worst Clash album ever recorded, to the extent that it's not even considered a real Clash album by most people. This is in part due to singer/song-writer Joe Strummer completely denouncing the album, which in essence made it alright for everyone else to as well. Yet how many people have really even listened to it? Most reviews simply say this album is terrible and leave it at that, but as the Clash's swan song it at least deserves a review.
Aside from the lack of Mick Jones, there are a few key differences between this album and other Clash albums. Joe Strummers songs are mediocre; not terrible, while the production is awful. The songs often sound overly synthed, like the worst of all 80's music, and provide a strong contrast to the intended grittiness of the album. The grittiness, for that mattter, doesn't particularly work either. Strummer's otherwise alright songs are ruined by three punk kids snarling and shouting the choruses as if they've been drinking in a pub. It certianly adds an element of intensity missing from Combat Rock, yet even at it's best it's merely distracting. After three excellent diverse rock albums, returning to stripped down punk just seems a little bit regressive.
And on the plus side? Strummer's voice sounds pretty good, not great, but it's still Strummer wailing away. A few of the songs make this new sound work as well, "Dictator," is great and raw, while the slow "This Is England" is surprisingly haunting and atmospheric, with a chorus ("This is England/This is hell...") that's probably the most memorable thing on the album.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
You wouldn't get into many fights going around saying Cut The Crap wasn't the best Clash album. Released in their final year of trading (1985), imagine a Beatles album recorded in 1971 without Paul or Ringo. The mighty Topper Headon had left under a drugs cloud in '82, and co-songwriter Mick Jones was thrown out in '83, but Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon (casting themselves as the "wise men") soldiered on with three "street kids" (according to the sleeve), and recorded this 40-minute suicide note, under whose wonky beatbox, Pistols riffs and terrace anthems Strummer's unique personality is buried. It contains a song called "We Are The Clash", but they weren't - The Clash were the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on November 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
...and this is The Clash's. Had it been released as a Joe Strummer solo record, it might not have inspired the vitriol that it did on original release. But that Strummer and manager Bernie Rhoades had the nads to include "We Are The Clash" as a song pretty much guaranteed that "Cut The Crap" was soon going to be known as "Pull The Plug." There was exactly one great song here in "This Is England." I have since dropped "Cut The Crap" from my library since that song's appearance on "The Essential Clash."
Other than that, if you must have all that The Clash and their spin-offs have recorded, "Dictator" and "Movers and Shakers" have some appeal. Tis a skippable CD, afterwards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By adamess on August 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
While I will readily admit that this version of the Clash isnothing compared to the classic lineup, I will not say that this albumis horrible. What were you all listening to in 1985? Boy George and Culture Club? This album still retains some of the fury of earlier Clash recordings, but it still falls well short of classics like "White Man in Hammersmith Palais," "Safe European Home," and "Spanish Bombs." There is an abundance of melody throughout "Cut the Crap," as indicated by brilliant tracks like "Dirty Punk," "This is England," and "North and South." There is a quite a bit of the old anger and pissed-off attitude missing in Joe Strummer's vocals and lyrics, but was anyone really expecting this revamped lineup to sound anything like the one that produced that musical milestone known as "London Calling?" In the end, this band only faintly resembles the one that had blistered its way through that masterpiece six years prior. There is a lot of electronic sampling and synth keyboards throughout "Cut the Crap," which is more comparable to the work that Mick Jones would do in Big Audio Dynamite than to anything the classic lineup of Strummer, Jones, Simonon, and Headon ever produced. Yes, Strummer co-wrote all of the songs with the band's manager, Bernard Rhodes, and yes, Rhodes may have gotten carried away with the production of this album. But let's be honest. While Mick Jones was an essential element in the workings of the Clash, serving to write some of the most catchy guitar hooks in recent memory, he wasn't the only member of the band. Bassist Paul Simonon is on board for "Cut the Crap," as is the band's drummer from "Combat Rock."Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS ALBUM.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2003
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Reaching into my record bin, and dusting off the Clash's final album "Cut the Crap" (what an awful title), I gave it another listen this morning. This album had found a rather indifferent audience in me when I had bought it originally. I could hardly remember any of the album's music. But I was pretty much taken by surprise with how much I now liked this album, especially side 2, which is where I started. (Since it begins with "This Is England", one song I do remember liking about the album). .
Elements of reggae, rock, rap, pop, dance and punk all share the space here. My first reaction was that this is not a punk rock record, but (at the risk of sounding ridiculous) world music. Every song on side two is a winner, with the anthem "This Is England" and the pop sounding "North and South" being the standouts. Although not as strong as side two, side one has great material in "Are You Red..y", "Cool Under Heat", and the standout of side one "Movers and Shakers".
Some problems I had with this record were simple ones. The title "Cut the Crap" is awful. Joe should have done better than that. And the album's order is flipped. "This Is England", which starts side two, should have started the album off. Matter of fact I think the sides should have been flipped. Side one should have been side two and vice versa. Regarding how the album starts out, the first three songs cling too much to the bands past (summed up in the album's low point song, "We are the Clash"). Joe should have let it go, and taken the new direction he obviously wanted to take.
In summary, I had this album wrong. I bought this album when I was 24. Now I'm 40. Maybe it was my youth, maybe I didn't want some of the beats Joe was pumping out at that time. But In hindsight, I think this album has aged extremely well and I rank it up some of Joe's best work. It is nothing he should have been ashamed of. And I wish I could have appreciated it when it was released.
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