“The Guns of Brixton” by the Clash's Paul Simonon
Paul Simonon was the epitome of a bass player: he was always doing a lot, but you never noticed. He came up with the name of the band, designed their posters, picked their clothing, and it’s his silhouette you see on the cover of London Calling, arguably the greatest album cover of all-time (not to mention all the solid bass playing). He also sang lead and wrote three songs for the Clash, including “Red Angel Dragnet,” “The Crooked Beat,” and “The Guns of Brixton,” the best of the bunch. It’s my favorite song about social discontent occurring in a southern borough of London. You?