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Today in History (1977): The Clash Releases Their First Single ‘White Riot’

The classic Clash hit “White Riot” celebrates the 37th anniversary of its release today!

Single cover for “White Riot” via Never Enough Notes

Recorded just a little over seven months after their debut at a Sex Pistols gig in Sheffield, “White Riot” was released on this day in 1977. Produced by Micky Foote under the CBS label, it also contained the song “1977” on the B-side. The single peaked at #38 in the UK Singles Chart, and in April 8 the same year, the song “White Riot” was included in the band’s eponymous debut studio album.

Single version via YouTube

It has been said that band’s lead vocalist Joe Strummer and bassist Paul Simonon wrote the lyrics to “White Riot” after their involvement in the infamous Notting Hill Carnival riot in 1977. With the lyrics talking of “class economics and race,” the almost two-minute-long song was viewed controversial by some people.

Nevertheless fans have included it in their list of favorite Clash songs and, in 2005, Q magazine put “White Riot” at the 34th spot in its 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks list. Over the years, punk bands have made covers of this song, including Sham 69, Audioslave, and Rage Against the Machine.

All information in this article were sourced from White Riot on Wikipedia.

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