The Spin on Original and Sampled Tracks

Hosts, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the often lesser-known songs they sampled. Uncover how these epic songs borrow from music of the past, enriching the musical landscape for generations to come.

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Should I Rock the Train in Vain?

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On this episode of Riffs on Riffs, Joe & Toby takes a deep dive into the world of punk-rock, with a spotlight on The Clash. As one of the greatest and most ambitious of the first-gen UK punk bands, it goes without saying that Clash’s impact on society was huge... Big enough to lead a generation of disgruntled teenagers wearing studded belts, leather jackets and multi-colored mohawks into the stratosphere of global punk culture. It began with a White Riot in 1977 and ended in 1986 when the band split. With hit titles like ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go,’ 'Rock the Casbah,' 'London Calling,’ and many more, Clash’s eclectic catalog swept the world by storm… Also, welcome a special in-studio guest, Randal Doane, author of the book: Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash.

What we geek out over in this episode: The legendary 70’s punk-rock band The Clash and re-discovering the greatness of their music; Bassist Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Precision Bass; what is the deal with the famous London Calling album cover? We’ll interview an expert!; other Clash-influenced tunes by Green Day, Garbage, Blue Oyster Cult, M.I.A. and many more.

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