Career Opportunities (song)

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"Career Opportunities"
Song by The Clash
from the album The Clash
Released8 April 1977
RecordedMarch, 1977
GenrePunk rock
Songwriter(s)Joe Strummer, Mick Jones
Producer(s)Mikey Foote

"Career Opportunities" is a song by The Clash, recorded for their debut studio album, The Clash in 1977.


The song attacks the political and economic situation in England at the time, citing the lack of jobs available, particularly to youth, and the dreariness and lack of appeal of those that were available. They specifically mention service in the military and police forces in addition to jobs that are often perceived as being 'menial' such as a bus driver or ticket inspector, as well as "making tea at the BBC".

The line "I won't open letter bombs for you" is a reference to a former job of Clash guitarist Mick Jones, opening letters for a British government department to make sure they weren't rigged with mailbombs. The song was named by bassist Paul Simonon.

Sandinista! version[edit]

"Career Opportunities"
Song by the Clash
from the album Sandinista!
Released12 December 1980
LabelCBS, Epic
Songwriter(s)the Clash
Producer(s)Mikey Dread, the Clash

The song was re-recorded as one of the last songs on the album Sandinista!, with vocal tracks by the very young Luke and Ben Gallagher (keyboardist Mickey Gallagher's sons) over a simple keyboard melody.


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