A new 8 CD box set, Sound System, comes wrapped in boom box packaging and brings together the seminal albums of one of the greatest punk rock bands of the 70’s and early 80’s. The first five remastered Clash albums along with 3 cd’s of demos, rarities, and B-sides highlight the release. Plus buyers will find a special DVD of unreleased live footage and complete versions of videos by The Clash. Add in a special poster, Armagideon Times fanzines, stickers, dog tags, and lyrics and you’ve got the perfect Christmas present for a Clash fan.
But at the same time, you’ve got to wonder if one of the biggest punk bands of all-time would really approve of such commercialism of their music? Amazon is selling the box set for $175.00!! Remember this is the same political band led by Joe Strummer, who felt guilty for signing with a record label, worried the studio would turn the band into Rod Stewart. They toured with the Sex Pistols and brought punk ethos to the masses. Their greatest album depicts a guitarist smashing his axe on stage. Their radical leftist lyrics challenged the social environment of their time and questioned political hypocracy. “Straight To Hell”, “Guns Of Brixton”, “London Calling”, and “White Man In Hammersmith Palais” epitomize the rebellious Clash attitude.
Ultimately, if you’re a fan, you’ll want to hear the unreleased tracks and will love going back in time seeing the Clash in their prime with the incredible lost footage. But, the high price tag and the contradictory product-driven pre-Christmas release date does make you question the timing and motive. Mick Jones says “I’m not even thinking about any more Clash releases. This is it for me, and I say that with an exclamation mark.”
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