The Clash - The Cost Of Living E.P.

The Clash - The Cost Of Living E.P.

Original Release Date


Release Information

UK 7" 1979 (CBS - S CBS 7324)

2 I Fought The Law 2:40
3 Groovy Times 3:25
3 Gates Of The West 3:25
4 Capital Radio 4:05

Chart Placings

UK Chart Hit: 22, 8 wks


Produced by Clash/Bill Price
Engineer: Bill Price
Tape Operator - Jeremy Green
Recorded in Highbury New Park N.5.
Dennis Ferranti - extra high vocal
Bob Jones - harmonica

Paul Simenon [sic]
Topper Headon (Drum Action Model)
Joe Strummer
Mick Jones

Additional Credits

Joe Strummer - vocals, guitars, backing vocals
Mick Jones - guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on 'Gates Of The West'
Paul Simonon - bass
Topper Headon - drums
Recorded January 1979, Wessex Studios, London

Reviews & Opinions

CLIFF 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.

Additional Notes

'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.


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