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The Weaklings - Janie Jones (The Clash Cover)

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Published on Apr 15, 2011

From '' Motorvatin' ''
Label: Junk Records -- JR#12
Format: Vinyl, 7", Blue
Country: US

Tracklist
A Motorvatin'
B1 Janie Jones
B2 Clampdown

(Janie Jones and Clampdown are recorded as one-track so i had to split them)

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"Janie Jones" is a song by the Clash on their eponymous debut album.
The subject of the song, Janie Jones, was a famous madam in London during the 1970s and had been a pop singer during the 1960s.

The live performance of the song at The Apollo in Glasgow on July 4, 1978, features on Rude Boy, a 1980 film directed by Jack Hazan and David Mingay, starring Ray Grange and The Clash.
The track was re-recorded at Wessex Studios by engineer Bill Price and tape operator Jerry Green.
The song also features on The Clash: Westway to the World, a 2000 documentary film about the British punk rock band The Clash, directed by Don Letts.

"Janie Jones" features on their compilation albums: The Story of the Clash, Volume 1 (1988) (disc two); Clash on Broadway (1991) (disc one; demo version); The Essential Clash (2003) (disc one). A live live version recorded on June 4, 1981 at Bond's Casino, New York City, features on the live bootleg Live at Bond's Casino (2000).

In December 1982, Jones herself, backed by members of the Clash and the Blockheads and credited as Janie Jones & the Lash, recorded a 7" single, "House of the Ju-Ju Queen", which was written and produced by Joe Strummer and released on Big Beat in 1983.
Strummer as well as Mick Jones also played guitar on the record, together with Paul Simonon on bass, Micky Gallagher on keyboards, Mel Collins on saxophone, and Charley Charles on drums.
The B-side of the single was a cover of James Brown's "Sex Machine".

Legendary film maker Martin Scorsese, well known as an ardent fan of The Clash, claimed in the book "Scorsese on Scorsese", that he considers "Janie Jones" to be the greatest British rock and roll song.
He also used the song in the film Bringing Out The Dead (soundtrack).

Cover versions

"Janie Jones", performed by The Farrell Bros., features on This Is Rockabilly Clash, a tribute album released by various artists, and recorded by Raucous Records in 2002.
The song has been covered by the English bands The Paddingtons, and Bush numerous times at live concerts.
The song was covered in 2005 on the collaborative album Slackness by The Slackers and Chris Murray.
It was covered again by the three-piece folk noir band Songdog who featured it on their album, The Time of Summer Lightning in 2005 and then by Babyshambles, featuring contributions from others, in 2006 and released to raise funds for Joe Strummer's charity foundation Strummerville.
Neurotic Outsiders covered it.

Babyshambles cover

"Janie Jones" (sometimes "Janie Jones (Strummerville)") was released through B-Unique Records to raise money for late Joe Strummer's charity foundation Strummerville and features contributions from others bands like Dirty Pretty Things, Larrikin Love, We Are Scientists, The Kooks, and Guillemots.
This release marks the first time that Carl BarĂ¢t and Pete Doherty worked together since The Libertines split up, although they never met during the recording process.

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Lyrics

He's in love with rock'n'roll woaahh
He's in love with gettin' stoned woaahh
He's in love with Janie Jones woaahh
But he don't like his boring job, no... (x2)

An' he knows what he's got to do
So he knows he's gonna have fun with you.
You lucky lady!

An' he knows when the evening comes
When his job is done he'll be over in his car for you.

He's in love with rock'n'roll woaahh
He's in love with gettin' stoned woaahh
He's in love with Janie Jones woaahh
But he don't like his boring job, no...

An' in the in-tray lots of work
But the boss at the firm always thinks he shirks.

But he's just like everyone, he's got a Ford Cortina
That just won't run without fuel.
Fill her up, Jacko!

He's in love with rock'n'roll woaahh
He's in love with gettin' stoned woaahh
He's in love with Janie Jones woaahh
But he don't like his boring job, no...

An' the invoice it don't quite fit,
There's no payola in his alphabetical file.
This time he's gonna really tell the boss
Gonna really let him know exactly how he feels
It's pretty bad!

He's in love with rock'n'roll woaahh
He's in love with gettin' stoned woaahh
He's in love with Janie Jones woaahh
But he don't like his boring job, no...

Let them know, let themm know.

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