Kyiv Calling: The Ukrainian punk band reinvents the Clash hit as the “anthem” of the resistance

Ukrainian punk band Beton have reimagined The Clash’s hit single London Calling as an “anthem” of “solidarity and hope” amid the Russian invasion.

The trio – Bohdan Hrynko, Oleg Hula and Andriy Zholob – recorded the new version entitled Kyiv Calling on Thursday and Friday this week in a music studio in the city of Lviv.

The song contains the lines “Come out of neutrality, you boys and girls” and criticizes Russian President Vladimir Putin with the lyrics: “Phony Putinmania has bits the dust”.

A music video accompanying the song features footage of the band’s friends and family, as well as colleagues and volunteers, from Russian attacks taking place across Ukraine from Kharkiv to Kyiv.

The track was mixed and mastered by producer Danny Saber, one of the last to work with The Clash lead singer Joe Strummer before his death in 2002.

Proceeds from the song will go to the Free Ukraine Resistance Movement (FURM) – a citizen-led network bringing together 30 non-governmental organizations from across the country.

Since the beginning of the war, guitarist and vocalist Zholob has been working as an orthopedist treating war victims and soldiers, while drummer and vocalist Hrynko and bassist and vocalist Hula have joined the Territorial Defense Force and are ready to take up arms on request.


Beton will record their resistance single Kyiv Calling at Skyborn Waves Studios in Lviv this week (Beton/PA)

Zholob said: “Many Ukrainian musicians are now on battlefields or in territorial defense. This time they swapped guitars for guns.

“We hope this song will show the spirit of Ukrainians and our resistance to Russian aggression. 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 voiced their opinions against human anger.

“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.”

He added: “We are happy that it will be played not only in Ukraine but all over the world as a symbol of solidarity and hope. Our country will defend our hard-won freedom and protect our right to self-determination.


The late Joe Strummer (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

“We have no doubts about our victory, we are proud to be Ukrainian and feel supported by foreign musicians. That means so much!”

Ostap Kryvdyk, International Secretary of FURM, said: “FURM is calling on the world to heed the call from Kyiv. For us, the music of The Clash is the music of freedom. We must prevent the new Iron Curtain from falling.

“London Calling was the call sign of the British Resistance when they stood alone against the Nazis.

“We want Kyiv Calling to become a symbol of resistance against the new aggressor in Europe. No surrender. No compromise peace.

“For Ukraine, peace is not just the absence of war. Peace is the unity of Ukraine. FURM thanks Clash for their support in our darkest hour. Bring on the morning.” Kyiv Calling: The Ukrainian punk band reinvents the Clash hit as the “anthem” of the resistance

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