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Released: Dec. 12, 1980

Rating: 3.598 (average of 15 ratings)

Genre: punk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks, Disc 1:

  1. The Magnificent Seven
  2. Hitsville U.K.
  3. Junco Partner
  4. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
  5. The Leader
  6. Something about England
  7. Rebel Waltz
  8. Look Here
  9. The Crooked Beat
  10. Somebody Got Murdered
  11. One More Time
  12. One More Dub
  13. Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)
  14. Up in Heaven (Not Only Here)
  15. Corner Soul
  16. Let’s Go Crazy
  17. If Music Could Talk
  18. The Sound of Sinners

Album Tracks, Disc 2:

  1. Police on My Back
  2. Midnight Log
  3. The Equaliser
  4. The Call Up
  5. Washington Bullets
  6. Broadway
  7. Lose This Skin
  8. Charlie Don’t Surf
  9. Mensforth Hill
  10. Junkie Slip
  11. Kingston Advice
  12. The Street Parade
  13. Version City
  14. Living in Fame
  15. Silicone on Sapphire
  16. Version Pardner
  17. Career Opportunities
  18. Shepherds Delight

Total Running Time: 144:28


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 24
peak on U.K. album chart 19

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • The Call Up (11/28/80) #40 UK
  • Hitsville U.K. (1/16/81) #56 UK, #53 AR
  • Police on My Back (3/21/81) #21 AR
  • The Magnificent Seven (4/10/81) #34 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

The Clash
“The Clash sounded like they could do anything on London Calling. For its triple-album follow-up, Sandinista!, they tried to do everything, adding dub, rap, gospel, and even children’s choruses to the punk, reggae, R&B, and roots rock they already were playing. Instead of presenting a band with a far-reaching vision, like London Calling did, Sandinista! plays as a messy, confused jumble, which means that its numerous virtues are easy to ignore” (Erlewine).

“Amid all the dub experiments, backward tracks, unfinished songs, and instrumentals, there are a number of classic Clash songs that rank among the band’s best, including Police on My Back, The Call Up, Somebody Got Murdered, Charlie Don’t Surf, Hitsville U.K., and Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice), yet it's difficult for anyone but the most dedicated listeners to find them” (Erlewine).

“A few of the failed ideas were worth exploring, but even more – like the children’s choir version of Career Opportunities or the Terry Doggs song Lose This Skin – weren’t even worth pursuing” (Erlewine).

“As the cliché says, there’s a great single album within these three records, and those songs make Sandinista! worthwhile. Nevertheless, its sloppy attack is disheartening after the tour de force of London Calling and the focused aggression of The Clash” (Erlewine).

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Last updated May 29, 2008.