"Remote Control" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
Who needs remote control?
From the Civic Hall
Push a button
Activate
You gotta work and you're late

It's so grey in London town
Panda car crawling around
Here it comes
Eleven o'clock
Where can we go now?

Can't make no noise
Can't get no gear
Can't make no money
Can't get outta here

Big business, it don't like you
It don't like the things you do
You got no money
So you got no power
They think you're useless
And so you are, punk

They had a meeting in Mayfair
They got you down and wanna keep you there
It makes them worried
Their bank accounts
It's all that matters
You don't count

Can't make no progress
Can't get ahead
Can't stop the regress
Don't want to be dead

Look out, those rules and regulations

Who needs the Parliament?
Sitting making laws all day
They're all fat and old
Queuing for the House of Lords

Repression, gonna start on Tuesday
Repression, gonna be a Dalek
Repression, I am a robot
Repression, I obey


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"Remote Control" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +5
    General CommentAnyone else like that Doctor Who reference in "Repression - Gonna be a Dalek"?
    BlairRocksHardon October 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's pretty much how the whole government in England is messed, and how no matter what you did back then, they wanted to keep you down, you could'nt get ahead in life
    shameinyou22on March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTheir label actually released this as a single agianst their wishes, and so they wrote and relesed "Complete Control" in retaliation to that.
    shadowwiththeeyeson November 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshadow, you're right, but it doesn't mean they didn't like the song - the just didn't want it as a single. it's still a great song and often played by them before shows - check out the demo of it on the vanilla tapes of london calling.
    punkrawkrebelon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI second that.
    sacrifice_for_life1on June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso shadow, i believe that comment belongs on the page for complete control, not this one
    pogue mahoneon February 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA panda car is a police car
    Armegideonon December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpogue, that was unneseccary.
    plaincl0thesmanon March 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot of this song was 'borrowed' from an old 101'ers song, although they arent credited. It was often used as a warm-up song and originally wasnt meant to be released as a single as the band felt it was not 'punk' enough (this was before they started branching off into other genres). It does sound quite out of place on the albumn. Legend has it that when they found out it had been released aginst there wishes, they drove all around the independant record shops in London begging the proprieters not to sell it.
    LauraJoon January 07, 2009   Link
  • -2
    General CommentA great slackers song - real gangsters would not complain of the situation, like Joe they would have made from it.
    And Joe is slightly wrong- there is always a way out.
    swazipirateon June 21, 2008   Link

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