"The Clash's 'Sandinista!' (1980) defies punk norms with its triple LP, featuring 36 tracks across varied genres like reggae, jazz, rap, and more. Born from a marathon recording session at Electric Lady Studios, the album's eclectic fusion and socio-political themes challenged conventions. Initial mixed reviews transformed into recognition of its groundbreaking, genre-defying impact, leaving a lasting legacy on the evolution of punk and world music."

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"Sandinista" Album Description:

The Clash, an iconic English punk rock band, left an indelible mark on the music landscape with their innovative and genre-defying fourth studio album, "Sandinista!" Released on 12 December 1980, this triple LP extravaganza stands as a testament to the band's boundary-pushing creativity and social consciousness.

Background and Context:

The late 1970s and early 1980s were tumultuous times marked by social and political upheaval. The Clash, known for their politically charged lyrics and rebellious spirit, sought to encapsulate the zeitgeist of the era in their music. The band, consisting of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon, had already gained a reputation for their energetic and socially conscious punk anthems.

"Sandinista!" emerged as a departure from the conventional punk sound that defined their earlier work. Named after the left-wing revolutionary group in Nicaragua, the album embraced a diverse range of musical styles, foreshadowing the global fusion that would become prominent in the 1980s.

The Making of "Sandinista!":

The recording process for "Sandinista!" was an ambitious undertaking. The band booked time at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, immersing themselves in a marathon recording session. The triple album format allowed The Clash to experiment freely, incorporating a staggering 36 tracks across its six sides.

The diversity of genres showcased on "Sandinista!" is staggering. The Clash seamlessly blended punk with reggae, jazz, gospel, rockabilly, folk, dub, rhythm and blues, calypso, and even rap. This eclectic fusion was a daring move, challenging both the band and their audience to broaden their musical horizons.

The thematic content of the album mirrored its sonic diversity. From political commentary to personal introspection, The Clash covered an expansive lyrical terrain. "The Magnificent Seven" and "Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice)" delved into rap, predating the mainstream acceptance of the genre. Meanwhile, tracks like "The Call Up" and "Washington Bullets" reflected the band's continued engagement with socio-political issues.

Reception and Impact:

"Sandinista!" received mixed reviews upon its release. Some critics were bewildered by the album's sprawling nature, while others praised its ambition and experimentation. Over time, however, the album has been recognised as a groundbreaking work that transcended the confines of punk rock.

In the years that followed, "Sandinista!" influenced a new generation of musicians who admired The Clash's fearlessness in defying genre norms. Its impact can be heard in the work of artists exploring the fusion of different musical styles, contributing to the evolution of world music.


The Clash's "Sandinista!" remains a landmark album, not only in the band's discography but in the broader history of music. Its fearless experimentation and genre-blurring approach challenged the preconceptions of what punk rock could be. The album stands as a testament to The Clash's commitment to artistic integrity and their willingness to evolve with the times.

As we reflect on "Sandinista!" over four decades after its release, its revolutionary spirit and sonic innovation continue to inspire and resonate with music enthusiasts worldwide. The Clash's bold exploration of diverse musical landscapes in "Sandinista!" remains a beacon of creative freedom and a reminder of the power of music to transcend boundaries.

Music Genre:

  British Punk Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "CLASH - Sandinista 3LP" was produced by: Mikey Dread, The Clash

Record Label Information:

  CBS 66363

Media Format:

  3x 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 494 gram  

Year & Country:

  1980 Made un Netherlands
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: CLASH - Sandinista 3LP
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Joe Strummer – lead vocals, guitars
  • Mick Jones – guitars, vocals
  • Paul Simonon – bass, vocals
  • Topper Headon – drums, vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "CLASH - Sandinista 3LP"

The detailed tracklist of this record "CLASH - Sandinista 3LP" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. "The Magnificent Seven" Joe Strummer 5:28
  2. "Hitsville U.K." Mick Jones, Ellen Foley 4:20
  3. "Junco Partner" ("writer, at present, unknown" on liner notes) Joe Strummer 4:53
  4. "Ivan Meets G.I. Joe" Topper Headon 3:05
  5. "The Leader" Joe Strummer 1:41
  6. "Something About England" Mick Jones, Joe Strummer 3:42
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. "Rebel Waltz" Joe Strummer 3:25
  2. "Look Here" (written by Mose Allison) Joe Strummer 2:44
  3. "The Crooked Beat" Paul Simonon 5:29
  4. "Somebody Got Murdered" Mick Jones 3:34
  5. "One More Time" (written by The Clash and Mikey Dread) Joe Strummer 3:32
  6. "One More Dub" (Dub version of "One More Time"; written by The Clash and Dread) Instrumental 3:34
    Track-listing Side Three:
  1. "Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice)" Joe Strummer 4:51
  2. "Up in Heaven (Not Only Here)" Mick Jones 4:31
  3. "Corner Soul" Joe Strummer 2:43
  4. "Let's Go Crazy" Joe Strummer 4:25
  5. "If Music Could Talk" (written by The Clash and Dread) Joe Strummer 4:36
  6. "The Sound of Sinners" Joe Strummer 4:00
    Track-listing Side Four:
  1. . "Police on My Back" (written by Eddy Grant; originally performed by The Equals) Mick Jones 3:15
  2. "Midnight Log" Joe Strummer 2:11
  3. "The Equaliser" Joe Strummer 5:47
  4. "The Call Up" Joe Strummer 5:25
  5. "Washington Bullets" Joe Strummer 3:51
  6. . "Broadway" (Features an Epilogue of "The Guns of Brixton" sung by Maria Gallagher) Joe Strummer 5:45
    Track-listing Side Five:
  1. . "Lose This Skin" (written by Tymon Dogg) Tymon Dogg 5:07
  2. "Charlie Don't Surf" Joe Strummer, Mick Jones 4:55
  3. "Mensforth Hill" ("Something About England" backwards with overdubs) Instrumental 3:42
  4. "Junkie Slip" Joe Strummer 2:48
  5. "Kingston Advice" Joe Strummer 2:36
  6. "The Street Parade" Joe Strummer 3:26
    Track-listing Side Six:
  1. "Version City" Joe Strummer 4:23
  2. "Living in Fame" (Dub Version of "If Music Could Talk"; written by The Clash and Dread) Mikey Dread 4:36
  3. "Silicone on Sapphire" (Dub version of "Washington Bullets") Joe Strummer 4:32
  4. "Version Pardner" (Dub version of "Junco Partner") Joe Strummer 5:22
  5. "Career Opportunities" Luke Gallagher, Ben Gallagher 2:30
  6. "Shepherds Delight" (The Clash and Dread) Instrumental


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Index of THE CLASH Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

The Clash was a British punk rock band that formed in 1976. The band consisted of Joe Strummer (vocals, guitar), Mick Jones (guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). They were known for their politically charged lyrics and their eclectic musical style, which incorporated elements of punk, reggae, rockabilly, and funk. The Clash's debut album, "The Clash," was released in 1977 and is considered one of the greatest punk albums of all time. They released several more albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "Give 'Em Enough Rope," "London Calling," and "Combat Rock." The band disbanded in 1986, but their music continues to be influential to this day.  

The Clash were one of the most prominent and influential bands of the punk rock movement, and their music and political activism helped to shape the punk and alternative music scenes. The band's early music was heavily influenced by punk pioneers like the Sex Pistols, but they quickly began to incorporate elements of other genres, including reggae, rockabilly, and funk. This eclecticism helped to set The Clash apart from other punk bands and made them one of the most innovative and unique groups of the era. 

The band's lyrics were often politically charged and dealt with issues such as class struggle, anti-establishment, anti-fascism, and anti-imperialism, making them one of the most politically active bands of the era. 

The Clash's third album, "London Calling" (1979), is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. It was a commercial success, and it was named the best album of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine. "Combat Rock" (1982) was their most successful album commercially, and it gave them a hit single "Rock the Casbah" 

After "Combat Rock", the band went through some personal and musical differences which led to the departure of Mick Jones and the band eventually disbanded in 1986. 

The influence of The Clash is still felt today, and the band is considered one of the most important and enduring groups of the punk era. Their music continues to be celebrated and their legacy continues to be an inspiration for many musicians and bands.