The Spinners

♪ Career Opportunities (The Clash, 1977) ♪

In British, Punk Rock, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on January 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

Career opportunities are the ones that never knock! Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock! Career opportunities, the ones that never knooooccck.

The dock; our docks. The Clash know their dock, they know our docks, they know how we all suffer on our docks—sittin’ on the dock of the bay—waiting, bit by bit losing our good wills, resorting to the best of the worst. The plebeian meet the peasant; they form a union and sing “Career Opportunities” during their meetings; and Marlon Brando from On The Waterfront joins too, bruised but also singing; and the wharf starts to fill up with people—all rolling stones who stopped rolling to participate—and they begin to narrate their lives, to sing the song of their fathers and mothers, their grandparents, their granddaughters and grandsons, their future children, their selves, their complaints, the song of the working class about their non-working-class state.

In those two momentous minutes, The Clash raised our flags and became our greatest heroes.

– Richard Bolisay

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