500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Clash, '(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais'

437. The Clash, '(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais'

Writers: Mick Jones, Joe Strummer
Producers: The Clash
Released: July '79, Epic
Did Not Chart

"We can't play reggae," Strummer said in 1977. But the Clash invented a skank of their own, toasting the solidarity they saw between punks and Rastas. The anti-racist fusion of "Hammersmith Palais" also skewered sellouts in both scenes. "I was trying to talk about revolution and how we weren't ever gonna have one," he said.

Appears on: The Clash (Epic)


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