Best April Fools Day prank ever: Big Ben and The Clash 'London Calling'

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One of the best April Fools Day pranks of the '80s occurred in England in 1980. The always proper BBC reported that the 132-year-old metal hands of Big Ben would be taken down and replaced with a digital clock prompting disbelief and outrage in London. So today we salute Big Ben who gets the first few seconds of face time in the video for The Clash’s London Calling.

London Calling was not released as a single in the U.S., however, it was the “B” side to Train In Vain that was released in February of 1980. For a “B” side it has stood the test of time with Rolling Stone ranking it as the 15th best Rock Song of All Time.

- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

[Last modified: Sunday, March 31, 2013 8:37am]

    

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