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Cut The Crap

The ClashAudio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Formed in 1976 in the vanguard of British punk, The Clash would soon become the most iconic rock band of their era, a symbol of intelligent protest and stylish rebellion in the turbulent years of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Just as importantly, they were to become unflinching musical pioneers, integrating first militant reggae, then dub, funk, jazz and hip hop into their music, ... Read more in Amazon's The Clash Store

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  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0012GMZCW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing album that still deserves a review September 20, 2002
By A Customer
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 21 people found the following review helpful
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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 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Every Band has a Swan Song 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
3.0 out of 5 stars good songs--terrible production November 29, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Of course this doesn't compare to the best of The Clash, and Joe Strummer's subsequent solo work has also been much stronger, but this isn't bad. Songs like Dictator, This is England and Fingerpoppin', are really catchy, well written, rockin' tunes. What's totally missing on this album is any taste or subtlety in the production. Techno drums and samples that sound cheesy instead of cool, dumb choruses that sound like they're shouted by about 25 people, and over-distorted guitars that sound like they're trying just a little too hard to be tough. If you could take these same songs and just produce them differently, this would be a pretty strong album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW LINEUP, LESS FURY, BUT STILL GOOD August 5, 1999
By adamess
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Clash 3.0 Signing Off
This is a poorly recorded album with a scruffy bunch of punks backing up Joe Strummer and Paul Simenon. It was their effort to keep the Clash alive without Mick and Topper. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. robb
1.0 out of 5 stars The Clash Album No One Talks About
"Cut The Crap" rarely, if ever, shows up on any Clash conversation. It is discreetly swept under the rug. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carlo Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't care what anybody says...
This, to me, is way more enjoyable than Combat Rock, possibly because I've never been much of
a fan of Mick Jone's songwriting contributions within the group. Read more
Published on June 19, 2011 by marco
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
I listened to this recently for the first time since 1990. Since I first heard it, I have tried to pretend that it doesn't exist. Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Gunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Okay, the production does sink this album---too many fake drums, over-distorted guitars, cheesy keyboard sounds, and it sounds like 10 guys together shouting every chorus. Read more
Published on July 22, 2010 by K. F.
2.0 out of 5 stars The Clash in name only
After "Combat Rock" was decried as sellout by many fans and the band blamed this on Mick's experimentalism and (acting on manager Rhodes' advice) kicked him out, they hired two new... Read more
Published on November 8, 2009 by 976-ERIC
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Clash or Strummer fan, you need to own This is England
I know this album is almost universally mocked, but I have to believe that all of the negative reviews must or should exclude This is England. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by papermaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut the crap--it's worth it
Is "Cut the Crap" a Clash album? Is "Cut the Crap" a good album? For that matter, does it even matter if it is a good album, since everyone hates it and the band's disowned it? Read more
Published on September 20, 2009 by Tom Benton
4.0 out of 5 stars Clash69
This is a decent album. It's a chaotic mix, Simonon doesn't actually play on the album, it's an attempt to revive something primordial;to recapture the spirit of 1976- but it still... Read more
Published on April 20, 2009 by endsng
4.0 out of 5 stars cut the crap no so crappy
I used to think this album was Crap. After all it wasnt really the Clash, the music... not the Clash. Read more
Published on January 9, 2009 by betsy
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