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The Ukrainian band brings new meaning to the Clash hit with “Kyiv Calling.”

Members of Ukrainian band Beton, Bohdan Hrynko, Andriy Zholob and Oleg Hula, pose for a photo as they prepare to go to a studio in Lviv to record their single Kyiv Calling
Members of Ukrainian band Beton, Bohdan Hrynko, Andriy Zholob and Oleg Hula, pose for a photo as they prepare to go to a studio in Lviv to record their single Kyiv Calling, in this undated handout picture, which was received on March 19, 2022. Concrete Band/Handout via REUTERS

March 20, 2022

LONDON (Reuters) – Ukrainian punk band Beton have reworked The Clash’s famous ‘London Calling’ and turned it into ‘Kyiv Calling’ to highlight events in Ukraine and raise funds for a resistance movement.

The three-piece band, consisting of an architect, an orthopedist and a businessman, recorded their re-imagined version of the 1979 Clash hit at a studio in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

They hope it will help raise funds for the non-military operations of the Free Ukraine Resistance Movement (FURM), a publicist for FURM said, adding that Clash has agreed to donate any royalties collected to the movement’s communications department.

“Kyiv is calling on the whole world… Get out of neutrality, you boys and girls,” read the new lyrics. The song is accompanied by video of the band showing clips of battle damage in Ukraine.

“Many Ukrainian musicians are now on battlefields or in territorial defense. This time they replaced the guitars with guns,” said Beton lead singer Andriy Zholob.

“We hope this song will show the spirit of Ukrainians and our resistance to Russian aggression.”

The Clash were one of the biggest bands to emerge from the British punk scene in the late 1970s and had several hits including “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “Rock the Casbah”.

“The Clash were one of our inspirations when we fell in love with punk rock and music in general, there is no snobbery or pretentiousness in the music, they had something to say and spoke their minds against human wrath,” Zholob said.

“London Calling embodies all of that and we’re thrilled to be able to transform this legendary classic into our own anthem with new meaning and new life.”

Moscow is calling its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” to weaken its neighbor’s military capabilities and root out people it describes as dangerous nationalists.

(Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Jason Neely)

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