The Clash - Hitsville U.K.

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

Original Release Date

1981

Release Information

UK 7" 1981 (CBS - CBS 9480)

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

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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

Credits

'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!

Images

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

US 7" 1981 (Epic - 19-51013). Click here for more

 

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