According to The Guardian, the surviving members of The Clash have given their blessing to the Ukrainian punk band, Beton, to record a new version of their 1979 classic London Calling. Recorded near the frontline of the battle in Ukraine, Kyiv Calling (above) “has lyrics that call upon the rest of the world to support the defence of the country from Russian invaders. All proceeds of what is now billed as a ‘war anthem’ will go to the Free Ukraine Resistance Movement (FURM) to help fund a shared communications system that will alert the population to threats and lobby for international support.”
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It’s a great and just cause but to be honest it’s a horrible heavy metal thrash version of a great song. They haven’t even got the chords right.
There are some serious problems with this punk band Beton. They wear shirts with ‘Banderas’ on it, and appear to sympathize with Nazis like Stephan Bandera (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepan_Bandera ).
See also: https://clashmusic.com/news/viral-ukranian-band-beton-accused-of-fascist-links and also interesting: https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/02/the-historian-whitewashing-ukraines-past-volodymyr-viatrovych/
It’s worth seeing the band’s response:
“Up to our band – we recorded the track because we love The Clash and their stance on resistance to oppression. Like them, we are anti-fascist and anti-racist. We want to live in a democratic country free from war where everyone is welcome from every race and creed Anyone who listens to our songs will see that we write about resistance, consumerism and freedom. We sing about drunk drivers and mean oligarchs. We have no time for extremist politics,” they added.
Where do i buy the record , cd etc