The next day dub versions were mixed and versions with different lyrics recorded. The song, about gang war and police brutality , was out on the street in a couple of days, backed by The Upsetters ' dub version "Grumbling Dub", and became a big hit in Jamaica. Murvin's version became a Top 30 UK hit in , peaking at no. The song has since been re-recorded by Murvin several times; A digital version appeared on a single produced by Prince Jammy , an acoustic version was included on the album Inna de Yard , and a new version was released in on a Ralston Brown-produced single.
In , french label Broken Stick Records released a 12" with a new vocal version by Murvin himself recorded in , a brand new deejay cut by U Roy, a melodica version and a dub version .
The Clash's version, which is six minutes in length, is an example of a rock band incorporating reggae into their repertoire. The song had been a rehearsal room favourite of the band.
It had not originally been planned for inclusion on The Clash , but an impromptu version the band started playing during a break in a recording session spurred the decision to finalize their own arrangement, record it, and include the finished article on their album. In the beginning of the song, Joe Strummer reinterprets the line "They're going through a tight wind" as a tribute to The Ramones , already an established American punk band and an influence on The Clash.
The lyric line appears in the Ramones' " Blitzkrieg Bop ". Perry considered that the Clash had "ruined" the song with their version, but later agreed to work with the band nonetheless. The song also appears in the Reno !
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