The Clash - The Cost Of Living E.P.
Original Release Date1979
UK 7" 1979 (CBS - S CBS 7324)
A1 I Fought The Law 2:40
A2 Groovy Times 3:25
B1 Gates Of The West 3:25
B2 Capital Radio 4:05
Chart PlacingsUK Chart Hit: 22, 8 wks
Produced by: Clash/Bill Price
Engineer: Bill Price
Tape Operator: Jeremy Green
Recorded in Highbury New Park N.5.
Extra high vocal: Dennis Ferranti
Harmonica: Bob Jones
Cover design: Clash/Rocking Russian
Back cover photo: Lindy Lou
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*Cos the housewives are all singing Groovy Times are here again
Eastside Jimmy and Southside Sue both said they needed something new. *
* The intake is on the uptake
Reviews & OpinionsCLIFF WHITE, SMASH HITS, MAY 17- 31, 1979: Here's a controversial little item that might have a few Clash fans scratching their heads in amazement. Two of the tracks are familiar enough - a great version of The Crickets/Bobby Fuller Four oldie 'I Fought The Law', which our lads have been performing on stage for some time, and a re-recording of 'Capitol Radio', which they previously cut for a rare promotional disc. 'Gates Of The West' and 'Groovy Times' are very unusual sounds though, particularly the latter, which could almost be a late-60s track from an American pop/rock band (except for Joe Strummer's unmistakable tones). Interesting, to say the least.
'Capital Radio' includes a 44-second untitled fake advert for the EP. Paul Simonon is mis-credited as Paul Simenon on the cover! Catalogue number on back cover of UK single is 12-7324 (was this intended as a12"?). 'I Fought The Law' was issued as a single in its own right in Japan and a few other countries.