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Gates of the West is definitely a dark horse. I heard a slowed down version sung by a guy names Adam Masterson and I finally realized how profound it was lyrically.
I've been reading "Route 19 Revisited", a book that details the recording of London Calling and goes track by track. Fascinating stuff. Lots on Hateful and Rudie, as you might expect.
The studio version is quite fine, but several "alternative" live recordings of this song exist, and it is positively vicious. You almost get cut with the ferocity. I would put Wrong 'Um Boyo as Favorite 1A.
I don't know if The Clash is my favorite of all time (I'd need an entire weekend of meditation to really know that one) but it's up there. I am going to vote on the songs given here by other Clash fans. My fave album in entirety is Their first one, U.K. release
...and the winner is...
"Hateful" sugg. by Bob Stubbs.
Now my favorite disco song by The Clash is "Train in Vain." Did I piss off anyone yet? No? Here is the country version by Dwight Yoakum.
The Clash's whole career was one big glorious F-you to the establishment, but if I had to single out one song I would go with "Death or Glory". Despite that song's assertion that everyone sells out eventually, the Clash never did ...