I have a number of friends in London. I’m sure they’re all okay, but scared. This is a London mix. All London bands/ artists. A lot of these songs are aggressive, but that’s not meant to be a show of support for the rioters. I am not a fan of riots, and I have been worried about my London friends for the past few days. Stay safe over there, especially Sara and her little one.
1) The Clash- White Riot
This entire mix could be Clash songs about riots. This song is about white kids finding something worth rioting about. It was written on the heals of the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival Riots.
2) The Damned- Smash It Up
This is a particularly vicious version of this song by the Damned.
3) The Sex Pistols- Anarchy in the UK
London and the UK were a mess in the 70s. The 2010s are kind of 70s like, it doesn’t look good out there.
4) The Yardbirds- Stroll On
Swingin’ London. I love this movie and song. The ass kicking 1966 version of The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page AND Jeff Beck. Jeff Beck is the one that destroys the gear and throws the guitar neck into the crowd of bored hipsters.
5) The Rolling Stones- Gimmie Shelter
The Stones playing the song that was the title of the documentary about their Altimont show/ disaster that a lot of people think was the symbolic “end of the 60s.”
6) The Who- My Generation
“My friends call me Kieth, you can call me John.” The Who on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour doing a performance that was literally too explosive. Kieth Moon overdid it and damaged camera equipment, Pete Townsends hearing and hair, and blew shrapnel into his own arm.
7) The Eyes- I’m Rowed Out
The Eyes have it, I’ll tell you that much! (hey-yo) I love The Eyes, but they kind of fell through the cracks.
8) The Pretty Things- Come See Me
The Who if they never made it big.
9) Led Zeppelin- Communication Breakdown
Shockingly loud and fast for 1969. Look at those kids in the front head banging!
10) Nurse With Wound- Bottom Feeder
11) Basement Jaxx- Where’s Your Head At
12) Sway- Up Your Speed
13) Dizzee Rascal- You Can’t Tell Me Nuffin’
14) The Streets- Has it Come to This
15) The Jam- In the City
16) Sham 69- Borstal Breakout
17) X-Ray- Oh Bondage, Up Yours
18) The Clash- London Calling
19) The Clash- London’s Burning
20) The Kinks- Waterloo Sunset
This is one of my favorite songs. It’s the first song I think of when I think of London. Feels like a good way to end this.