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Artist: The Clash

First Release: Sandinista!

Length: 4:51

Vocals: Joe Strummer

Themes: War

Additional Information:

  • The song title is a reference to Apocalypse Now. Robert Duvall's character, Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore, dismisses his men's worries at reclaiming a dangerous beach from the Vietcong with the phrase "Charlie Don't Surf"!
  • live premiere on "16 Tons" tour in May 1980 [1]


  1. [1] first confirmed performance at Scandinavium, Gothenburg (Sweden) (24/5/1980)

Charlie Don't Surf
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