“It was doubly outrageous. Actually — it was triply outrageous!Joe Strummer
The Clash wanted to release London Calling as a double album. Their label — CBS Records — said no. A few months later, CBS Records released Springsteen’s, The River, a double album. Strummer didn’t miss the opportunity for a dig on their label.
The Clash also wanted the album to be accessible to all in terms of price at which CBS Records also balked. To make it work The Clash gave up all royalties on Sandinista! for the first 200 copies sold in the UK and 50% everywhere else.
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The Clash release their triple album triumph on December 12, 1980.
It’s #404 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.