500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Clash, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go'

228. The Clash, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go'

Writers: The Clash
Glyn Johns
May '82, Epic
13 weeks; No. 45

"My main influences," Mick Jones said, "are Mott the Hoople, the Kinks and the Stones" - which explains this choppy riff. Jones yells "Split!" because Joe Strummer snuck up behind him while he was recording his vocals. The chorus hints at the band's end: At the time, "none of us were really talking to each other," said Paul Simonon. The original four were soon no more.

Appears on: Combat Rock (Sony)

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