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Give 'Em Enough Rope
Studio album by
Released10 November 1978
RecordedMay–June 1978
Sarm West Studios, London;
August–September 1978
The Automatt, San Francisco, California
GenrePunk rock
LabelCBS, Epic
ProducerSandy Pearlman
The Clash chronology
'The Clash
Give 'Em Enough Rope 'London Calling

Give 'Em Enough Rope is the second album by The Clash. It was released in 1978. In the United States, this was their first official album because it was released before the U.S. version of The Clash. The album was well liked and got to number 2 in the UK chart,[1] and number 128 in the U.S.[2]

Track listing

All songs were written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, except where noted. All songs were arranged by The Clash. All lead vocals were by Strummer, except "Stay Free" by Jones.

Side one

  1. "Safe European Home" – 3:50
  2. "English Civil War" – 2:35
  3. "Tommy Gun" – 3:17
  4. "Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad" – 3:03
  5. "Last Gang in Town" – 5:14

Side two

  1. "Guns on the Roof" (Strummer, Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon) – 3:15
  2. "Drug-Stabbing Time" – 3:43
  3. "Stay Free" – 3:40
  4. "Cheapskates" – 3:25
  5. "All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts)" – 4:55


  1. Marcus, Greil (1979-01-25). "The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope". Album Reviews. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  2. Letts Don; Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon, Terry Chimes, Rick Elgood, The Clash. The Clash, Westway to the World [Documentary]. New York, NY: Sony Music Entertainment; Dorismo; Uptown Films. Retrieved on 2007-11-26. Event occurs at 41:00–45:00.