To Die For: 25 Flawless Songs About Death

The Clash "Somebody Got Murdered" (1980)


"Somebody Got Murdered" isn't about murder itself so much as it is a quest to find out what happens when someone's life is taken from them. In a true-to-life story, Joe Strummer witnessed the parking attendant at his apartment complex get murdered in cold blood, with a gun wound to the head. Here one moment, gone the next. The Clash managed to make it an upbeat little number, but past the sheen, it's a wildly dark, unique story that ponders the mortality of complete strangers.

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