Song of the Day: The Clash – “Janie Jones”

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the self-titled debut of The Clash, which stands as one of punk rock’s seminal releases. This is the first track off the album and one that endured throughout the years as one of their more popular songs. The song tells the story of a man bored with his job and looks forward to having fun outside of work (He’s in love with rock’n’roll, woah/He’s in love with gettin’ stoned, woah/He’s in love with Janie Jones, woah/He don’t like his boring job, no/And he knows what he like to do/He knows he’s gonna have fun with you/You lucky lady/And he knows when the evening comes/When his job is done, he’ll be over in his car for you). The title of the song refers to Marion Mitchell a.k.a. Janie Jones, a cabaret singer who was jailed in the ’70s for involvement with prostitutes. It’s still a fun song to listen to all these years later.

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