The Clash’s promote new greatest hits comp with massive London graffiti mural
The Clash have returned to the scene with a new box set, “Sound System” and a new greatest hits comp, “The Clash Hits Back.”
To help promote the new releases, in typical Clash fashion, the band erected a massive graffiti mural on the side of a building in Camden Town, London.
“Sound System” is a 12-disc set that comes in packaging that resembles an early ’80s boombox. It contains remastered versions of each of the London band’s five original studio albums as well as non-album singles, B-sides, and rarities. There’s also a DVD containing videos and some previously unreleased footage.
“Sound System” retails for $177 on Amazon.
One of the original London punk bands to erupt in the wake of the Sex Pistols, the Clash had a short but highly influential run together from 1977 until 1982. During that time the London foursome, which consisted of Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, used punk as a point of departure to explore a variety of musical forms including funk, reggae, jazz, and hip-hop.
After Jones’ forced departure in 1982 Strummer kept the band going for a few years before ultimately disbanding in 1986. Fans had long hoped for a reunion from the group but that became basically impossible following Strummer’s untimely death in 2002 at the age of 50.