Cut the Crap
is The Clash
's final album, originally released in 1985 as the follow-up to Combat Rock
(1982), this was the first Clash record since Topper Headon
was dismissed from the group in 1982 and Mick Jones
' departure from the group in 1983.
According to guitarist Vince White
the working title of the record was Out of Control
, the title was changed to Cut the Crap
by Bernie Rhodes
shortly before its release without consulting the band. Bernie Rhodes
also produced the record, using the alias of Jose Unidos
(presumably to suggest Joe Strummer
was the producer).
"This Is England" was the only song from Cut the Crap included on the The Essential Clash and Singles Box compilations, though no track from the album was included on either the three disc Clash box set Clash on Broadway, or the 1988 compilation The Story of the Clash, Volume 1.
In the summer of 2000 this album was remastered and re-released in Europe only with a bonus track "Do It Now". The reissue was unannounced and had no promotion whatsoever. It came after the rest of the band's catalog had been reissued in December 1999 (January 2000 in the U.S.).
"This Is England" was featured on the Singles Box Set (released in 2006) along with the single's b-sides "Do It Now" and "Sex Mad Roar".
Critical and commercial reception to the record was poor aside from the single "This Is England
." Jones's absence coupled with drummer Topper Headon
having been kicked out (unable to cope with his on-going heroin
addiction) led many to regard Cut the Crap
as a Joe Strummer
solo album. One of the main reasons for the album's shortcomings was Joe Strummer becoming disillusioned with the group and also grieving the deaths of his parents. Strummer would later disown the album. In an interview in 1989 he commented about the new members "I often think of those guys. I hope it didn't mess up their lives too much".
Accordingly, the album has been disowned by purists of Clash history, including the former band; it was not even mentioned in the Clash documentary Westway to the World.
All tracks were credited to Joe Strummer and Bernard Rhodes.
- "Dictator" – 3:00
- "Dirty Punk" – 3:11
- "We Are the Clash" – 3:02
- "Are You Red..Y" – 3:01
- "Cool Under Heat" – 3:21
- "Movers and Shakers" – 3:01
- "This Is England" – 3:49
- "Three Card Trick" – 3:09
- "Play to Win" – 3:06
- "Fingerpoppin'" – 3:25
- "North and South" – 3:32
- "Life is Wild" – 2:39
The following tracks appeared on the 2000 re-release of the album.
- "Do It Now" - 3:08
Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon were the only original Clash members that actually appeared on the album.
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