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11. 'The Magnificent Seven'
When the Clash moved the Sandinista! sessions to New York's Electric Lady Studios in April of 1980, the city was in the middle of an incredible musical renaissance. Hip-hop was emerging from the rec rooms and playgrounds of the Bronx to clubs all across the city, and Mick Jones was enamored by what he heard. "The Magnificent Seven" was the Clash's attempt to harness the energy of hip-hop in their own music. It was released as the third single from the album, and the B-side was a dance remix called "The Magnificent Dance." That got a lot of play in the discos all over the city as well. When the Clash did their legendary residency at Bonds in Times Square in the summer of 1981, they drew tons of disco and hip-hop fans in addition to the old-school punk fans. All of them screamed "New York, don't stop, give it all you got!" in unison when the band played "The Magnificent Seven" each night.