30 Day Song Challenge: Day 14: A Song That Someone Showed You: “Lost In The Supermarket”- The Clash.
In early 1980 my friend Helmet came over one weekend when I was home from college with The Clash’s London Calling album. We had talked on the phone before hand and he was telling me about the album which I hadn’t bought yet or heard anything from. You weren’t going to hear The Clash on local radio where I lived. Anyway one song Helmet focused on in our phone conversation stuck out because of it’s odd title- “Lost In The Supermarket.” Anyway Helmet came over and we listened to London Calling a couple times- and “Lost In The Supermarket” sung by Mick Jones was one of the many outstanding songs on that fabulous album. Of course I had to go out and get the album the next day before heading back to college and It has been a favorite since.
It was odd back then- in a bad way. In America the second album by The Clash -Give ’em Enough Rope- was released before the much superior self-titled debut. If you lived in a good sized city no doubt you could have gotten the first one as an import at record stores but that wasn’t an option where I lived. I had read about The Clash long before I heard them. I would check every trip to the record store to see if they had finally gotten The Clash. Luckily by 1980- things were changing and London Calling was released in the U.S. a couple weeks after it was released in the U.K. That is probably why I think of it was a 1980 album because while it came out in the UK in 1979- it was a 1980 release in the U.S.