Burning London: The Clash Tribute Compilation, Import, Explicit Lyrics
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The Clash ~ Burning London: Clash Tribute
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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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.