REMIXING CLASSICS: The Clash – Train In Vain (Discoforgia “Summer of ’92” Remix)


Remixing The Clash. Liable to get people of a certain age hot under the collar. Not quite in the frothing-at-the-mouth reserved for remixes of JD’s Love Will Tear Us Apart. But you know the score. Hasn’t stopped Discoforgia from having a go at Train In Vain. Free download.

Train In Vain comes from The Clash’s London Calling album (1979). The original is less-than-punky rock/pop track, of which Mick Jones said “The track was like a train rhythm, and there was, once again, that feeling of being lost.” It’s the rolling nature of the rhythm and harmonica that underlies the song which I always liked. What of Discoforgia’s rework? This keeps the vocal and fragments of the harmonica but sensibly gives it a different musical feel. There’s an early 90s electro bloopiness to it all. Reworking, tather than remxing the song is probably a sensible approach. It’s not a classic but neither is it unworthy. As to why, Discoforgia says somewhat cryptically “When I feel sad, I make happy music.”

The Clash – Train In Vain (Original)

~ by acidted on July 11, 2013.

3 Responses to “REMIXING CLASSICS: The Clash – Train In Vain (Discoforgia “Summer of ’92” Remix)”

  1. Hmmm. Undecided. One of my favourite Clash songs (if not one of their best, cos its a love song innit). It takes it somewhere else and could work in a bar but….

  2. Superfluous really.

  3. Maybe it’s just me, but.. what if they could just edit all the vocals out except for the ‘stand by me’ bit and then build the track around it like they (almost) do around the 4.39 mark, going full on à la Chemical Brothers circa their Electronic Battle Weapons phase? Starting with a nice build-up, then a breakdown with the vocal sample, then the piano and some acid squiggles.. they could end up with a monster of a tune in their hands..

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