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Watch Spoon Cover the Clash’s “Clampdown” for Beto O’Rourke

Pitchfork logo Pitchfork 2018-10-12 Madison Bloom
a man holding a microphone: AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 14:  on April 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images) © Beto O’Rourke and Spoon’s Britt Daniel (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images) AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 14: <> on April 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

Spoon covered the Clash’s 1979 song “Clampdown” during Buffalo Tree Festival in Dallas on Sunday. The festival functioned both as a concert and political rally to drum up support for the Democratic party and boost voter registration, and at the top of the bill was Texas Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who gave a speech that evening. Spoon’s “Clampdown” cover was no doubt a nod to O’Rourke, who in September quoted the song during his debate with Ted Cruz.

O’Rourke, who was once in a punk band with At the Drive-In and the Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala, has been showing off his musical prowess throughout his candidacy; in July he played guitar alongside Willie Nelson, and in August he shared an old song from his former band with Bixler-Zavala.

Spoon’s last album was 2017’s Hot Thoughts. Read “Spoon’s Britt Daniel on the Music That Made Him an Indie-Rock Lifer.”

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