It’s time to revisit a classic moment from Bruce Springsteen’s 2014 High Hopes Tour when The Boss and the E Street Band covered an iconic song by The Clash.
Springsteen, who has long ties with The Clash and the late frontman Joe Strummer, put his own spin on 1970 song ‘Clampdown’ which was taken from the iconic record London Calling.
The feeling of admiration between Springsteen and Strummer was mutual and, in an interview with Mojo prior to his death, The Clash frontman said: “Bruce is great. If you don’t agree, you’re a pretentious Martian from Venus. His music is great on a dark, rainy morning in England, just when you need some spirit and some proof that the big wide world exists.”
‘Clampdown’, which was written by Strummer and Mick Jones, refers heavily to the failures of capitalist society and how people seemingly become trapped within the traditional ethos of work, debt and conformist society.
Such was the prominence of the lyrics, ‘Clampdown’ has since been covered by the likes of Rage Against The Machine, The Strokes, The National and more. For now, though, we’re focusing on The Boss’ rendition which was performed multiple times live with Rage frontman Tom Morello.
Springsteen said: “The Clash were a major influence on my own music. They were the best rock ‘n’ roll band. Thanks, Joe.”
See the performance, below.