The Clash puts out a new box set today, Sound System
, commemorating the rock band's decade-long career, which spanned from 1976 to 1986. As part of the promotion, Google released a five-part documentary series called Audio Ammunition
, which dedicates 10 minutes each to the making of The Clash's five first studio albums. The frowned-upon sixth album, Cut the Crap
, recorded without guitarist Mick Jones, is left out of the canon, as usual.
is based on new interviews with the three surviving original members of The Clash, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon, as well as Joe Strummer material that was shot for the 2000 documentary Westway To The World
but never before used. The decision to divide the documentary by album is an excellent idea, since The Clash was such a strong album band. Each record has its own coherent identity and feel to it, and each one deserves to be examined in its own right.
As for the box set, it is made up of the five first Clash albums, remastered, as well as posters and merchandize. But the most exciting feature is the 3 discs of rare material that are included. The bulk of the stuff on the first of the 3 bonus discs (early EP tracks and B-sides, mostly) is already available on the CD Black Market Clash
. But the songs on bonus disc number 2 are rarer, including outtakes from Combat Rock.
The third bonus disc has some very interesting tracks on it, including demos from two sessions recorded in 1976 and 1977.
Also, to celebrate the release of the Sound System
box set, Kurt Vile, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, and Surfer Blood each recorded a version of their Clash song of choice. Watch Kurt Vile's cover of "Guns of Brixton," off The Clash's classic album London Calling,
Get your hands on the entire boombox-shaped box set here