When Joe Strummer first told the band’s label, CBS, that they wanted London Calling to be a double album, their request was denied. As compensation The Clash then asked whether they could include a free single with the album. CBS not only complied, but were also conned into agreeing to a 12-inch single that played at 33 1/3 rpm. Accordingly this “free single” was to become a second nine track LP (sides 3 and 4). By the time CBS realised they’d been duped, it was too late: The Clash issued London Calling as a double LP, retailing at the price of a standard single LP.
Story: Uncut, oct 2004