The Clash - Hitsville U.K.

The Clash - Hitsville U.K. U.K.

Original Release Date


Release Information

UK 7" 1981 (CBS - CBS 9480)

A The Clash - Hitsville U.K. 4:21
B Mikey Dread - Radio One 6:17


US 7" 1981 (Epic - 19-51013)

A Hitsville U.K. 4:21
B Police On My Back 2:57

Chart Placings

UK Chart Hit: 56, 4 wks


'Hitsville U.K.' and 'Police On My Back' produced by The Clash
'Radio One' produced by Mikey Dread

Additional Credits

Mick Jones - guitar, lead vocals
Joe Strummer - guitar
Paul Simonon - bass
Topper Headon - drums
Ellen Foley - harmony vocals on 'Hitsville U.K.'
Mikey Dread - vocals on 'Radio One'

Reviews & Opinions

RONNIE GURR, SMASH HITS, JAN 22 - FEB 4, 1981: From 'Sandinsista!', this is the first decent single they've come up with since London Calling, with admirable sentiments on the independent labels scene pushed out over a Tamla-like bass and keyboard backing. Mellow tinkling xylophone, girlie chorus and a monster hit, I think.

PUNKY GIBBON: Uplifting Motown-esque pop with dual vocals by Jones and Ellen Foley. Alarmingly outside the usual Clash cannon, but wonderful nonetheless. Mikey Dread gets sole credit on the B-side although he's backed by the band, and it's a very long dub track with lots of funny studio tricks and ad libbing. In all, a great 45, but don't expect punk rock. This is probably most Clash fans least favourite 45.

Additional Notes

'Hitsville U.K.' and 'Police On My Back' are from Sandinista!


The Clash - Hitsville U.K. UK 7" 1981 (CBS - CBS 9480)The Clash - Hitsville U.K. - UK 7" 1981 (CBS - CBS 9480) Back Cover

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The Clash - Hitsville U.K. - US 7" 1981 (Epic - 19-51013) A-SideThe Clash - Hitsville U.K. - US 7" 1981 (Epic - 19-51013) B-Side

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