The Clash / Sandinista

The tumble-down bass passages on this much-maligned (at the time) triple slab were handled by Clash man Paul Simonon and the magnificent (as in “Magnificent Seven”) Norman Watt-Roy on loan from Ian Dury’s Blockheads.

Regardless of who played what/Watt, every track on the remarkable wreck that is Sandinista (1980) is captivating to my ears; chaotically fusing dub, funk, rockabilly, reggae, and punk.  When the record company advertising suits conjured the slogan “the only band that matters,” they weren’t far off the mark.