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Burning London: The Clash Tribute [Import, Compilation, Explicit Lyrics]

Various Artists Audio CD
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1. Hateful - No Doubt
2. This Is Radio Clash - Urge
3. Should I Stay Or Should I Go - Ice Cube/Mack 10
4. Cheat - Rancid
5. Train In Vain - Third Eye Blind
6. Clampdown - Indigo Girls
7. Rudie Can't Fail - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
8. White Man In Hammersmith Palais - 311
9. Lost In The Supermarket - Afghan Wigs
10. White Riot - Cracker
11. London's Burning - Silverchair
12. Straight To Hell - Moby

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One doesn't necessarily associate punk firebrands the Clash with the radio-ready likes of Third Eye Blind and No Doubt. But in the years since the demise of the Clash, their impact, once localized to the punk underground, has seeped up from the gutter they once championed. ("The truth," rasped Joe Strummer in one of his more memorable couplets, "is known only by guttersnipes.") Burning London affords a dozen-plus popular late-'90s performers the opportunity to tip their hats to the erstwhile scourges of the mainstream. The results, as is common with such tributes, are wildly mixed. The highlights here exhibit a less-than-reverent perspective on this timeworn material. Moby and Heather Nova turn "Straight to Hell" into a haunting echo of the Combat Rock prototype, while Cracker's cowpunk trashing of "White Riot" would've sounded at home on an album by frontman David Lowery's great old band, Camper Van Beethoven. On the downside, Indigo Girls' "Clampdown" is an artless revision of one of the Clash's least artful songs, and the likes of Third Eye Blind and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones bring nothing new to "Train in Vain" and "Rudie Can't Fail," respectively. If the featured bands are the draw here, help yourself. But if you're curious about the Clash, the group's bursting-at-the-seams debut and watershed London Calling will serve as superior introductions to a mighty band. --Steven Stolder

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The Clash ~ Burning London: Clash Tribute

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5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered Treasure April 17 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album came out in the 90's and it wasn't until recently I discovered it. Like finding burried treasure! A+++
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3.0 out of 5 stars highs and lows Oct. 31 2003
By Chio
Format:Audio CD
when ur dealing with tribute albums its not likely that ur ever gonna like every song, because if ur a fan of the original band then some other bands just wont do justice to the material. in the clash's case, there are pretty big shoes to fill. high points are the urge - radio clash, 311 - white man in hammersmaith palace. both songs cover well while contributing a little something new. some other songs are either lesser versions of the original or too inovative for its own good. decent buy for clash fans, pick it up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Go Straight to Hell Boys... Oct. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sorry, it's not something personal against the band whose appear on this tribute but...I can't believe they had the courage to do this!, the styles are too much differents, the only reason that this cd has 1 star is because Rancid plays one, they play the only one good song...all other bands should play something into their styles, I'm sure they could make a real good job with other kind of music, but....let the punk rock to the punk rockers.
or do you imagine to Sex Pistols on a Back Streets Boys tribute?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get a Grip Sept. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although I am also fan of Clash, I got so used to all of their songs that sadly enough, I don't listen to Clash anymore. By pure accident I found that CD on a shelf at my local HMV store and bought it. And I have to admit that it's not that bad. Actually I like it quite a lot and " Should I Stay or Should I Go" is probably my favourite track after "Straight to Hell". It is different than Clash, but it gives the old songs new dimention. Definitely recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars doomed to failure Dec 9 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The thing about the Clash was that they had such strong personalities that their songs transcended the notes on the page. A faithful rendering musically would lack that wonderful charisma that made them the greatest band in the world for the first 5 years of their career. (The last 2 years are best forgotten...) Almost none of these bands have got the charisma to pull off Clash songs. They wind up turning them into dull little jingles that sound as average as any of the slop most of these bands put out themselves. Just do yourself a favor and buy the genuine article. It doesn't get any better in rock than London Calling.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's Wrong with You People? Jan. 4 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't see why people are giving this album 1 and 2 stars. It's a good album, just not all of it. Yes, I am a Clash fan too! So not all Clash fans hate this album. There are some severe bad points to it, though. Like Ice Cube and Mack 10's tribute to Stay or Go. What a piece of garbage! My God, that is the worst song on there...Now, look at White Man in Hammersmith Palais, 311's tribute. That is a great song. 311 keeps all of the musical notes the same and the only thing changed are a few lyrics, such as " Punk rockers in LA" instead of " Punk rockers in the UK" By the way, Nick Hexum, one of 311's two lead vox, is a major Clash fan, so he would never think of butchering their songs like Ice Cube. Notice that there are songs on here that sound completely different than the Clash originals, such as the Indigo Girls' Clampdown, that are decent songs. So, if you already bought this album and don't like it, give it a second chance, it took a while for me to like it too. If you haven't bought it, try it out. Sure, it may not be punk, but there is some good music on there.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only half of these bands do justice to the Clash May 14 1999
By mattrosa1@yahoo.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Part of my disappointment with this album might be the fact that I had too high an expectation. I had high hopes for some great bands covering one of the greatest. But I don't think there is any way to cover the fact that most of the renditions are just plain boring. Here we have some of the most accomplished bands of the last few years, with modern technology and advanced musicianship, and they all come out flat. For Christ sakes, Paul couldn't even play bass and you couldn't make out 30% of what comes out of Joe's mouth, yet the original versions by the Clash really stand up well against these imposters. This isn't to say that the whole album is lousy: many of the songs, on their own, are listenable. But when you play them one after another, its a massacre. The Urge's version of "Radio Clash" is a stand-out gem, speeding up the original song and actually doing it with more energy than the original. The Indigo Girls slowed-down acoustic "Clampdown" and Moby's "Straight to Hell" take the original songs and make them their own, as opposed to doing them as the Clash would, which make them interesting and welcome additions. Rancid's "Cheat" and 311's "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" are brought on as the Clash would, making them the best of the rest. Now, the rest you can do without. The rest are poor, poor efforts, highlighted by Ice Cube and Mack 10 taking the opening guitar riff from "Should I stay or Should I go" and then treating us to yet another lovely soliloquey on doin', banging, and hangin' with "Ho's". I'm sure Mick and Joe are very pleased. Chuck Loparo and I did better version in a karaoke bar. Silverchair comes off as the one-hit wonders they were, making London's Burning unlistenable for the first time in history. Josh Bailey and I can do a better job with pots and pans from the kitchen. 3rd eye Blind, No Doubt, Afghan Whigs and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones all do a serviceable job, but the songs lack the vibrancy and earnestness of the originals. I hate to advise anyone against buying anything related to the Clash, but I'm afraid this album just isn't going to please many people. Do yourself a favor: if you don't have them, go get London Calling and Black Market Clash and listen to them for the next month to remember what a gem of a band the Clash were. And if you have them both, go pick up Cut the Crap or Earthquake Weather, Joe's post-Mick Clash efforts -- both are truer to the Clash than this tribute album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth [a small amount of] Bucks - Not A Penny More. July 7 2002
By E. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1. There are A LOT of great artists who are significantly influenced by the Clash.
2. Few of them appear on this record.
3. If, after pouring their hearts and souls into five great records (and another two records' worth of loose ends), the end result of all the Clash's hard work is that we now have marginally talented artists like No Doubt, Silverchair, 311 and Third Eye Blind in their place, we are in VERY sad shape.
4. I enjoy the music of Rancid, hearing them cover a Clash song is kind of like listening to karaoke.
5. Moby, the Afghan Whigs, Cracker, and the Indigo Girls are accomplished artists who, in the true spirit of the Clash, chose to bring something new to the table. While few of their contributions to this record are essential (I would apply that label to the Afghan Whigs' "Lost In The Supermarket" exclusively), they are all sincere, heartfelt, and worth a listen.
6. There are many talented and creative people in the world, but few divinely inspired geniuses. Furthermore, it is quite rare that you can have four or five divinely inspired geniuses all conspiring on the same idea. Hence, it is VERY hard to cover a Clash song and not have it sound inferior to the original.
7. I see that you can get this used quite cheaply. While I would say this record [is not that good] big time if I were to apply the same criteria that I would judge a Clash record by, if I got it [inexpensive], I wouldn't complain.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Terrible Jan. 18 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I thought when you do a tribute to someone you make it sound like theirs and not butcher it like ice cube and mack 10! this album was a total waste of money,i am disgusted and how these people completely ruined the songs by the clash. BUY THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS! that way you wont be disapointed . want good clash music get"the clash on broadway" that is a great 3-cd set of original clash songs one star rating is too good for this tribute(if you want to call it that)
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