……I like to pull out old albums I haven’t heard in a while and play them while I cook. How I landed on Sandinista!, the Clash’s six-sided monster from 1982 I don’t know. I swear I haven’t played it since the Reagan administration. I’m struck by how consistent it is, not great, but almost uniformly solid, track after track, oddities, pop ditties, rockabilly bits, surf(!) guitar, dubs, experiments, filler and all- which from this band means it’s a damn sight better than most everything that was going on around them at the time. For an all too brief moment, they really were the only band that mattered…..