You can tell a lot about the man by the company he keeps. So the old saying goes but for a band, it can be adapted: You can tell a lot about a band by the cover versions they record.
This series looks at that principle and there are few better bands to begin with. The Clash opened the doors to reggae for swathes of suburbia and beyond. I suppose you could argue they made it ‘trendy’ but that carried a whole different meaning back in 1977.
Interviews with the band members down the years made no secret of their love of the sound systems around the Notting Hill carnival but once they moved onto other projects, an electic mix emerged.
Big Audio Dynamite covered Prince, memorably for me at the Astoria 2; Strummer continued to plough the furrow of reggae and rockabilly. A brief glance at Paul Simonon’s post-Clash output showed no recorded covers but it would be a major surprise if he didn’t follow Strummer’s path in concert.
So here is a brief history of the Clash and offshoots in today’s playlist:
|Brand New Cadillac||Vince Taylor & His Playboys|
|Armageddon Time||Willie Williams|
|King Of The Road||Roger Miller|
|Wrong’em Boyo||The Rulers|
|Pressure Drop||Toots & The Maytals|
|Louie, Louie||Richard Berry|
|Every Little Bit Hurts||Brenda Holloway|
|Junco Partner (Worthless Man)||James Waynes|
|I Fought The Law||The Bobby Fuller Four|
|Police & Thieves||Junior Murvin|
|The Man in Me||Bob Dylan|
|Police on My Back||The Equals|
|Heartbreak Hotel||Elvis Presley|
|Time Is Tight||Booker T. & the M.G.’s|
|Look Here||Mose Allison|
|Get Up||Jackie Edwards|
|Lose This Skin – 2010||Tymon Dogg|
|Blitzkrieg Bop – 2016 Remastered||Ramones|
|Let The Good Times Roll||Shirley & Lee|
|Redemption Song||Bob Marley & The Wailers|
|Be-Bop-A-Lula||Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps|
|Rudy, A Message To You||Dandy|