"Last Gang in Town" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
Everybody's looking for last gang in town
You better watch out for they're all comin' around

The sport of today is exciting
The in crowd are into infighting
When some punk sees some rock-olla
It's rock and roll all over
In every street and every station
Kids fight like different nations
And it's brawn against brain
And it's knife against chain
But it's all young blood
Flowing down the drain

The Crops hit the Stiffs
An' the Spikes whipped the Quiffs
They're all looking 'round

For the last gang in town

Meanwhile down in black town
Those old soul rebels are haingin' around
An' when some punk come a looking for sound
Rastafari goes to ground
The white heart flipped his pocket dipped
'cause a black sharp knife never slips
And they never say to one another
That tomorrow we might kill our brothers

Down from the edge of London
The rockabilly rebels came
From another edge of London
Skinhead gangs call out their name
But not the Zydeco kids
From the high rise
Though they can't be recognized
When you hear a Cajun fiddle
Then you're nearly in the middle
Of the last gang in town


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"Last Gang in Town" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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    General CommentThis song is about various subcultures fighting in london. in the chorus Crops are the skinheads, spikes are the punks, and quiffs are the teddy boys. I'm not quite sure who the stiffs are though.
    Morbadumon March 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentstiffs are normies "working stiffs"
    Punker_Kenon January 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song for a great album
    greatdisintegrationon July 09, 2009   Link
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    General Comment@hipdude I reckon they were just looking for a cool but old and unlikely style of music to finish with as the "last gang in town"

    More interestingly the song suggests that black subcultures don't fight each other. This was probably true as an oppressed minority in London at time, but I am not sure it always is. Gangs are gangs I suppose, and people just into different music styles might argue, but fighting would be ridiculous. Still it was probably worth saying as most western media culture is fairly racist.
    matthewsheffieldon January 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhile who are the Zydeco kids, There's not even a Zydeco gang in N Orleans (wiped out by the creoles). and should it be a Cajun fidle?
    hipdudeon January 28, 2007   Link

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