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Complete Control is a song by The Clash, released as a 7" single and featured on the U.S. release of their debut album.

The song is often cited as one of punk's greatest singles, and is a fiery polemic on record companies, managers and the state of punk music itself, the motivation for the song being the band's label (CBS Records) releasing "Remote Control" without bothering to ask them, something that infuriated the group. The song also refers to managers of the time who sought to control their groups - Bernie Rhodes (of The Clash) and Malcolm McLaren (the Sex Pistols) - indeed, the song's very title is derived from this theme:

“ Bernie [Rhodes] had a meeting in The Ship in Soho after the Anarchy Tour. He said he wanted complete control...I came out of the club with Paul [Simonon] collapsing on the pavement in hysterics at those words. ”

The track also refers to the band's run-ins with the police, their practice of letting fans into gigs through the back door or window for free and a punk idealism seemingly crushed by the corporate reality they had become part of and the betrayal and anger they felt. The overriding message of the song can be recognised in this couplet from the song:

“ They said, we'd be artistically free / When we signed that bit of paper. ”

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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith(Tier 3)

Songs of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
Getting the Band Together
All the Young Dudes - Dream Police - Uncle Salty - Draw the Line - Make It
First Taste of Success
I Hate Myself for Loving You - All Day and All of the Night - Movin' Out - No Surprize - Sweet Emotion
The Triumphant Return
Complete Control - Personality Crisis - Livin' on the Edge - Rag Doll - Love in an Elevator
International Superstars
She Sells Sanctuary - King of Rock - Nobody's Fault - Bright Light Fright - Walk This Way (Run DMC cover)
The Great American Band
Hard to Handle - Always on the Run - Back in the Saddle - Beyond Beautiful - Dream On
Rock N Roll Legends
Cat Scratch Fever - Mama Kin - Sex Type Thing - Guitar Battle vs. Joe Perry - Toys in the Attic - Train Kept A-Rollin'
Bonus Songs (The Vault)
Walk This Way - Rats in the Cellar - Kings and Queens -Combination - Let the Music do the Talking - Shakin My Cage - Pink - Talk Talkin - Mercy - Pandora's Box - Guitar Battle vs. Joe Perry

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