London Calling

The song that Lane’s band is rehearsing at band practice. Zack (very quietly) sings the song’s opening lyrics:

London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls

“London Calling” is a 1979 song by English punk band The Clash, previously discussed. It is the title track from the band’s third album, a double album, written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. The song’s title comes from the BBC’s World Service station identification, “This is London calling …”, used during World War II, especially in broadcasts to occupied countries. The lyrics reflect the band’s concerns with world events, such as nuclear disaster, flooding, police brutality, and casual drug use. The song ends with the Morse code signal for S-O-S, to reiterate the sense of urgency.

The song went to #11 in the UK, becoming their highest-charting single to that point. It didn’t chart in the US, but was the first song by The Clash to chart outside the UK, reaching the Top 20 in Ireland and Top 30 in Australia and New Zealand. The song is regarded by many critics as the band’s finest, and it is consistently rated as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

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