The Clash – Straight to Hell / MIA – Paper Planes

M.I.A. Paper Planes Ukulele Tab


I’ve been mildly obsessed with The Clash’s Straight to Hell since Cover Lay Down (one of my favourite mp3 blogs) posted a batch of cover versions of it. This riff only crops up briefly in the original song but was made more recognisible thanks to it’s use in M.I.A.’s Paper Planes. By the by, if anyone invites you to their serial killer warehouse, probably best to politely decline.

It’s important to make sure the notes in this riff are played staccato (i.e. they only sound very briefly). The easiest way to do this is it to fingerpick all the notes and mute them with your picking fingers.

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  1. Kevin October 27th, 2008 5:30 am

    I think this song sounds better when played like so (for a GCEA uke):

    The timing between the chords, and all of the chords stay the same.

    Play the D by barring the 5th fret and making the “A” formation.
    Play the A by barring the 4th fret and making an “F” formation.
    Play the G similarly, by barring the 2nd fret and making the “F” formation.

    Sounds really nice when you finger pick it!


  2. Woodshed October 27th, 2008 8:44 pm

    Thanks for the alternative, Kevin.

  3. Denny January 7th, 2009 5:29 am

    haha nice
    and nice other method

  4. Bessie June 9th, 2012 4:02 am

    I love the clash
    pls put more riffs for them on this site.

  5. Woodshed June 9th, 2012 3:03 pm

    Bessie: I love them too so there’s always a chance.

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