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The Clash, 'Train in Vain'

298. The Clash, 'Train in Vain'

Writers: Mick Jones, Joe Strummer
Producer: Guy Stevens
Released: Dec. '79, Epic
14 weeks; No. 23

"Train In Vain" was the hidden track at the end of the Clash's London Calling, unlisted on the sleeve or on the label. It didn’t even have a proper title; fans initially assumed it was called "Stand by Me," after the chorus. But it became a surprise hit in America, thanks to its hard-charging drums and weary vocals from guitarist Jones, who wrote the bitter love song in his grandmother’s flat.

Appears on: London Calling (Epic)


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