Does Punk Rock matter anymore? Does the message mean anything?
The Clash's "London Calling" is the theme song of the 2012 Olympics (taking place in, duh, London). As much as I would love to see the River Thames overrun it's banks and drown the entire event (in tribute to the lyrics), I am a bit disgusted by the commercialization of The Clash. It's not the first time a Clash tune has been utilized as a "jingle" ("Should I Stay Or Should I go" was used for a jeans commercial several years ago). However, "London Calling" is such an overtly apocalyptic song, it's amazing that it's being co-opted.
On the other hand, if the estate of Joe Strummer and Jones, Simonon, Headon can make some $$$ for their pensions, isn't it all the better? I remember years ago hearing The Buzzcocks "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" being used for a car advert, and feeling good that the band was profit. And lordy knows The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop" has become a staple at ballgames and in ads.
But "London Calling"???? Jeez...
"And I believe in this and it's been tested by research/ He who fucks nuns will later join the church"(The Clash- "Death Or Glory")
"They think it's funny/Turning rebellion into money"(The Clash - "White Man In Hammersmith Palais")