|Complete Control 7" single|
UK Catalogue Number: CBS 5664
UK Chart Position: 28
Artist: The Clash
First Release: "Complete Control" single (CBS Records, 23/9/1977)
Vocals: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones
- live premiere at Mont-de-Marsan Festival in August 1977 
- As the lyrics suggest, Complete Control was written in response to CBS releasing the song Remote Control as a single without the band's consent whilst they were touring Europe (specifically, Amsterdam). The Clash didn't want to release a single from the album as they believed this was poor value for money for fans, and they also did not believe Remote Control was a good enough song to be an A-side. The title of the song was apparently a favourite phrase of manager Bernie Rhodes, who once insisted "I demand complete control" during a band discussion, a phrase which (much like "The Cost Of Living") the band themselves found hilarious.
- Produced by Lee 'Scratch' Perry. According to Pat Gilbert's book Passion Is A Fashion, Perry's original mix was steeped in dub echo to the point where it would be "commercial suicide" to release the song as-was, so Mickey Foote re-mixed the song, raising the levels of the guitars. The track was not re-recorded.
- Written almost entirely by Mick Jones.
- The Complete Control single is the first recording new drummer Topper Headon played on
- A live performance of this song is included on the albums Live: From Here to Eternity and Rockers Galore.
- A master track of this song is avalible on Guitar Hero Aerosmith
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