Watch Spoon Cover The Clash’s “Clampdown” At Beto O’Rourke Rally
We’re about a month away from the most consequential midterm elections of my lifetime. In Texas, Representative Beto O’Rourke — a former punk rocker who used to be in a band called Foss with Cedric Bixler-Zavala, before Bixler-Zavala formed At The Drive-In and the Mars Volta — seems to have a pretty good chance of knocking off actual human worm Ted Cruz. Last month, O’Rourke referenced the Clash’s “Clampdown” at a debate with Cruz. And this past weekend, one of the best bands from Texas covered that very song at an O’Rourke rally.
On Sunday night, O’Rourke spoke to a big crowd at the Buffalo Springs Festival, a get-out-the-vote effort in Dallas, as Brooklyn Vegan points out. O’Rourke shared the bill with Texas bands like the Polyphonic Spree, Sparta, and Spoon. And during their set, Spoon paid homage to O’Rourke by taking on the Clash’s “Clampdown.”
Before playing the song, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel said that they’d been inspired to learn it after hearing what O’Rourke said at the debate. And while Spoon aren’t a punk band, they put all their teeth into this one. Watch a fan-made video below.
Texas, we’re watching you. Do us all a favor and get this motherfucker in there.