Avon Calling! I remember that one. Vocational calling, I know that one. But ‘London Calling’, that haunting song by British Band The Clash (1980), is the calling that stirs me. It’s not everyones favourite, but it rates highly in the music world, NME rated it number 8 in the all time rock collection (2003).
Music aside, the lyrics are the main game, they are a social commentary of the late 70s and the alienation of many from participation and from any hope. The words are blunt, apocalyptic, satirical, they leave no room for niceties, there is nowhere to hide. It still evokes the feelings of that era, and sadly, the song has continued to be a social commentary, and has come alive today, thirty-seven years later. Now it’s every population center calling. which makes me think of Pink Floyd’s ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ One thing’s for sure, “a drop will come down” and we need to make it a good one.