Song of the Day, May 29: Rudie Can’t Fail by the Clash

ClashRudieToday’s song is Rudie Can’t Fail from the Clash’s epic album London Calling. Co-written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, the track is one of the most reggae-based songs on the album. It gets its title from the Desmond Dekker song 007 (Shanty Town) and uses the image of the Jamaican Rude Boy — an analog to the British punk — as a symbol of youthful rebellion.

I went to the market to realize my soul
What I need I just don’t have
First they curse, then they press me till I hurt
We say Rudie can’t fail

With its classic reggae beat and joyous injection of horns, it’s a fun celebration of youth thumbing their nose at authority, with just the right dark edge to it. Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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