Lily Allen Covers The Clash Song “Paper Planes” Sampled

Or, in words your parents will understand: Lily Allen did a cover of the Clash’s “Straight To Hell” with the original’s co-writer Mick Jones, no less. Originally released in 1982 as the third single from Combat Rock, “Straight To Hell” returned to the spotlight last year after its familiar opening riff was sampled on M.I.A.’s ubiquitous “Paper Planes” (which was itself sampled by … everyone). Lily’s take on the original comes from Warchild’s Heroes comp, which also has the Hold Steady taking on Springsteen, Beck doing Dylan, Scissor Sisters as Roxy Music, etc. This version premiered when Lily took over Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show yesterday (she also played TLC, MGMT, SL2, and some bands with vowels in their names).

Heroes is out in the UK via Parlophone and the rest of the world via EMI on 2/16. You can get more info at

As for Ms. Allen, her It’s Not Me It’s You is out next month on Capitol. You can hear a couple of new remixes of “The Fearhere.