The Clash - English Civil War

The Clash - English Civil War

Original Release Date


Release Information

UK 7" 1979 (CBS - S CBS 7082)

1 English Civil War (Johnny Comes Marching Home) 2:35
2 Pressure Drop 3:25

Chart Placings

UK Chart Hit: 25, 6 wks


Joe Strummer - vocals
Mick Jones - guitar
Paul Simonon - bass
Nicky Headon - drums

1: Taken from the LP "Give 'Em Enough Rope" S 82431. Produced by Sandy Pearlman
2: A CBS Production

Additional Credits

'English Civil War' recorded March–April 1978, Basing Street Studios, London; and August–September 1978 at The Automatt, San Francisco

Reviews & Opinions

CLIFF WHITE, SMASH HITS, MARCH 8-21 1979: There's nowt wrong with this septic vision of society except the tune. Surely Jones and Strummer could have come up with something better than 'Johnny Comes Marching Home'? On the other hand, the very familiarity of the song could help sales. Gutsy and relevant but drab. Also, it's taken from the band's Give 'Em Enough Rope LP which most Clash fans will already own. There is a new song on the B-Side, however, The Clash's version of Toots & The Maytals 'Pressure Drop'.

Additional Notes

A-Side from Give 'Em Enough Rope; Pressure Drop is unique.


The Clash - English Civil War UK 7" 1979 (CBS - S CBS 7082)The Clash - English Civil War UK 7" 1979 (CBS - S CBS 7082)

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