Death or Glory (song)

"Death or Glory" is a song by the English punk rock band The Clash featured on their 1979 album London Calling. The song was written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones and features Strummer on lead vocals. The song was written about the previous generation of rock stars who swore that they would die before growing old.[1] French rock critic Philippe Manoeuvre called it a "parody of Thin Lizzy".[2] Rick Anderson of AllMusic stated that "this song features the best and most satisfying chord progression and melody the Clash ever came up with".[1]

"Death or Glory"
Song by The Clash
from the album London Calling
Released14 December 1979
GenrePunk rock
Songwriter(s)Joe Strummer, Mick Jones
Producer(s)Guy Stevens

"Death or Glory" was covered by the American punk rock band Social Distortion on the Lords of Dogtown soundtrack. Dave Smalley also covered the song for 1999 album City Rockers, a tribute to The Clash.[3] "Death or Glory" is also part of the soundtrack of the video game, Skate It and Skate 2.



  1. ^ a b Death or Glory at Allmusic
  2. ^ Philippe Manœuvre, Rock'n'Roll : la discothèque idéale 2, Albin Michel, 2011 (ISBN 978-2-226-20807-1).
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