Give 'Em Enough Rope

Running length
11 tracks
Running time


Everyone’s tags

More tags


    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Safe European Home 3:49 122,196
2 English Civil War 2:35 150,020
3 Tommy Gun 3:14 177,869
4 Julie's in the Drug Squad 3:03 24,323
4 Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad 3:03 71,212
5 Last Gang in Town 5:12 54,019
6 Guns on the Roof 3:15 54,790
7 Drug-Stabbing Time 3:43 50,890
8 Stay Free 3:38 112,536
9 Cheapskates 3:24 49,947
10 All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts) 4:55 46,195

About this album

Give ‘Em Enough Rope is the second music album by The Clash, released in . In the US it was their official debut, preceding the U.S. version of The Clash. The album was well received by critics and fans, peaking at number 2 in the UK chart, and number 128 in the U.S.
The album’s title was inspired by the expression “give them enough rope and they’ll hang themselves”. It was voted album of the year for 1978 by Rolling Stone and Timemagazines, as well as the popular UK music weekly, Sounds.

The cover was designed by Gene Greif, using a postcard, “End of the Trail”, photographed by Adrian Atwater, featuring Wallace Irving Robertson.
The cover of the first US pressings showed the band’s name written in block capital letters. Subsequent US pressings used a faux-oriental style font, which was then replaced with the more ornate faux-oriental style font used on the UK release.
The original American issue of the album also retitled “All the Young Punks” as “That’s No Way to Spend Your Youth”. This was revised on later editions.
Tommy Gun and English Civil War were released as the album’s singles, either side of Christmas 1978. They entered the UK charts at #19 and #25 respectively.
Though the opening track of the album’s B-side, Guns on the Roof is ostensibly a rant about global terrorism, war and corruption, it was partly inspired by an incident that resulted in the Metropolitan Police’s armed anti-terrorist squad raiding The Clash’s Camden Market base. Paul Simonon and Topper Headon were arrested and charged with criminal damage for shooting racing pigeons with an air-gun from the roof of their rehearsal building.

Other releases

Listening Trend

145,706listeners all time
1,731,308scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.
  • ScorpionsPriest

    great album. in my opinion much better than "combat rock" , "sandinista" and "the clash [uk]" [2]

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tysienka

    much much better than Combat Rock and my favourite by them.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    third best clash album [2]

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    "Give 'Em Enough Rope". It comes to my head Lenin's quote "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Underrated as hell. Been listening to this one a lot lately and IMO there isn't a bad song on here.

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DaJuWi

    great album. in my opinion much better than "combat rock" , "sandinista" and "the clash [uk]"

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • JeffV64

    @hotterthanuly: "sandwiched by two giants. Sounds like it could have been recorded within the last year." +1 Indeed!

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • MrChimney

    It is no wonder to hear Blue Öyster Cultish hues on this album as Sandy Pearlman is sitting on the producer's chair. I love BÖC, and I've always enjoyed Pearlman's style and production values - I think that him combined with The Clash is an interesting collaboration. A nice album to be sure.

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • greg3064

    A good album, but doesn't really stand out as a Clash album. Not quite as ambitious as some of their other efforts, but the energy is palpable and there are gems.

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • heaventree22

    i love the production on this album... the clash had such an incredible musical chemistry, they need as clear a sound as possible so you can hear how they play off each other... fuck that ascetic "punk" low budget bullshit

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Stretchead

    This LP is just as good as anything they ever released boys & girls

    14 Dec 2010 Reply
  • mutinyonark

    third best clash album - i concur with that 'sandwiched between two monsters' notion

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Marleyess

    My 2 fave tracks on this album are Safe European Home n the classic Tommy Gun :O))

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ThisCharmingBoy

    Good album. The production is a bit tacky on some of the songs, but not enough to ruin this album.

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Albert_Transom

    STFU chris

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Papoot

    Fantastic cover of album

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • nickwafer

    Good lord...underrated indeed!

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • uninamer999


    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • willv67

    Safe european home <3

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Zoomeranged

    nice cover!

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • All 41 shouts

Top Listeners