Who Sang Rudie Can’t Fail? The Clash

The Clash London Calling cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1979-12-14
Genre: Rock Reggae
Style: New Wave/Dub/Hard Rock/Punk
length: 3:30
producer: Guy Stevens
engineer: Bill Price
bass guitar: Paul Simonon
percussion & drums (drum set): Topper Headon
guitar: Joe Strummer
guitar family: Mick Jones
Lyrics
Sing, Michael, sing
On the route of the nineteen bus

Hear them sayin'

How you get a rude and a reckless?
Don't you be so crude and feckless
You been drinking brew for breakfast
Rudie can't fail

We reply

I know that my life make you nervous
But I tell you that I can't live in service
Like the doctor who was born for a purpose
Rudie can't fail

I went to the market to realize my soul
What I need I just don't have
First they curse, then they press me till I hurt
We say Rudie can't fail

First you must cure your temper
Then you find a job in a paper
You need someone for a savior
Oh, Rudie can't fail

We reply

Now we get a rude and a reckless
We been seen lookin' cool an' speckless
We been drinking brew for breakfast
Rudie can't fail

I went to the market to realize my soul
'Cause what I need I just don't have
First they curse, then they press me till I hurt
Rudie can't fail

Okay! Okay!
So where you want to go today?
Hey boss man!
You're looking pretty smart
With your chicken skin suit

You think you're pretty hot
In the pork pie hat

Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail
Rudy can't fail

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 London Calling
  • 2 Brand New Cadillac
  • 3 Jimmy Jazz
  • 4 Hateful
  • 5 Rudie Can’t Fail
  • 6 Spanish Bombs
  • 7 The Right Profile
  • 8 Lost in the Supermarket
  • 9 Clampdown
  • 10 The Guns of Brixton
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Wrong ’Em Boyo
  • 2 Death or Glory
  • 3 Koka Kola
  • 4 The Card Cheat
  • 5 Lover’s Rock
  • 6 Four Horsemen
  • 7 I’m Not Down
  • 8 Revolution Rock
  • 9 Train in Vain

  • Release information
    label: CBS
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin