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The Clash (Music)

Episode Title: Charlie Don't Surf

This grammatically incorrect sentence comes from one of the greatest war movies of all time, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. The movie explored the psychological and actual horrors of the Vietnam War. The line "Charlie don't surf" refers to a character's stating that their enemy, called "Charlie" by soldiers, does not surf and therefore does not deserve to hold a good spot for surfing. You know, if "Charlie" truly refers to the enemy as a whole and not one metaphorical enemy soldier, then the line isn't grammatically incorrect! Luckily, confusing grammar didn't stop The Clash from writing a song with the same title. Here, the title is a total spoiler since it implies that the real Charlie does not surf, whereas the duplicitous reporter does.

3.04 "Charlie Don't Surf"

"Some lady threw her husband out of the house, right, and now she's having a garage sale of all of his stuff. London Calling, vinyl, unscratched, ninety-nine cents. Awesome, right?"

The Clash were an iconic British punk group active from the late '70s to the early '80s. They stood out from their fellow punk bands because of the political leanings of their frontman, Joe Strummer. London Calling, their third album, is widely thought of as not just the band's best, but also one of the best rock albums ever. A music geek like Piz would be over the moon to find a copy of it in good condition, and for only ninety-nine cents to boot. It's a classic!

3.06 "Hi, Infidelity"
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