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June 20, 2020

I Fought The Law – The Clash – Drum Cover

hey hey hey my fellow drumming lovers! How have you been? 

The weekend is finally here and this can only mean one thing…. A NEW VIDEO is dropping for you on my You Tube channel! Are you excited?!

I hope so because I am! If you have been following me for a while you know that it has become an almost weekly appointment!

Today I have the pleasure to be sharing with you my latest video of the incredible drum cover of I Fought The Law by The Clash. If you are a Punk/Rock music fan, you will not want to miss this!

You can watch the full video here below embedded directly from my You Tube channel. Hope you enjoy it!

I absolutely love this song from UK punk/rock band The Clash.

If you want to know more, read below directly from WikiPedia: 

“I Fought the Law” is a song written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets and popularized by a cover by the Bobby Fuller Four, which went on to become a top-ten hit for the band in 1966.

Their version of the song was ranked No. 175 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004, and the same year was named one of the 500 “Songs that Shaped Rock” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The song was also recorded by the Clash in 1979.

In mid-1978, the Clash were working on their second album, Give ‘Em Enough Rope. Singer Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones flew to San Francisco to record overdubs in September–October at the Automatt studio.

The owner of the Automatt kept his collection of classic jukeboxes distributed around the various rooms of the studio complex. Strummer and Jones listened to the Bobby Fuller version of “I Fought the Law” for the first time on one of the jukeboxes, and by the time they returned to England, they could perform the song.


Their version first appeared on the EP The Cost of Living in May 1979 in the UK and then later in 1979 was made part of the American edition of the Clash’s eponymous album.

This cover version helped gain the Clash their first taste of airplay in the States and is one of the best-known cover versions of the song. The live recording of the song, performed at the Lyceum Theatre, West End, London, on December 28, 1978, features as the last piece of the 1980 film Rude Boy directed by Jack Hazan and David Mingay.

The Clash were dressed all in black for that gig, and the song, at that stage, was considered the film’s title song. On July 26, 1979, “I Fought the Law” was the first single by the band to be released in the United States.


In 1988, CBS Records re-issued the single (catalog number) in CD, 12-inch and 7-inch vinyl formats, with “City of the Dead” (2:24) and “1977” (1:40) as its 7-inch B-side. The song is featured as a downloadable track in the music video game series Rock Band.


In 1989 during Operation Just Cause, the US military surrounded the Apostolic Nunciature in Panama while trying to capture Manuel Noriega, the strongman of Panama. US forces blasted loud rock music—including “I Fought the Law” by the Clash—to put pressure on Noriega to give himself up.


In 2012, the Clash’s version of the song was featured in the video game Sleeping Dogs, as part of a karaoke mini-game.
The song appears during the end credits of the 2014 film RoboCop and the 2016 film War on Everyone.

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