I was / am far too young to have caught punk at the time but when I got round to actually listening to it never really enjoyed it that much. The ethos of it, totally. Break stuff. Fight the system. Swear on television. I’m in. However, when I got to the Clash, that all changed. The listening bit, I mean. I know the music industry moved at a different pace back then, but by the time this (double) album came out in the late seventies, gone was the shouting and postering and in came the songwriting. And this one always stuck with me because it seemed so introspective and subtle. Hey, aren’t these supposed to be gobbing at the audience?!
The designs here are obviously all contemporary supermarkets, accessible in Britain at present day (not sure when Lidl and Aldi landed but I think it’s safe to they didn’t exist here in 1979). I did actually attempt to fuse these with the iconic pink and green lettering from the cover of ‘London Calling’ (itself thieved from Elvis Presley) but had minimum success. They kind of looked too much like their own thing and lost the reference to the outlets themselves. Which is kind of the point. You win some, you lose some.