UPDATE: In the 24 hours since we posted about Reverend and the Makers' rush-released "Riot," its YouTube views have risen from a few hundred views to nearly 7,000. Nothing like a burning city to boost a musician's profile.
[ORIGINAL POST at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9]
I'm not talking about the London rioting — where burning and looting has forced Prime Minister David Cameron to finally fly home from his vacation villa in Italy — although those things happen, too.
No, I'm talking about the inevitable rapid-response recording from some fast-moving pop musician.
Within days of the Rodney King verdict, I can recall Tom Petty's rush-released "Peace in L.A." coming on the radio while driving past tourists posing for photos with armed National Guardsmen.
And now, as videos of the Clash's "London's Burning" are posted across social media (actually I may have done that myself), what is apparently the first song about the London riots, complete with news footage, has been posted on YouTube. In this case, Reverend and the Makers, a group from Sheffield — located 160 miles north of London — are the perpetrators of the song, which as of this writing, has only generated a few hundred views. Give it time.
In other music/riot news, a north London warehouse containing a vast number of CDs from indie labels like 4 AD, Domino, Warp and Beggars Banquet burned to the ground yesterday.