It’s not a stretch in the least to hear The Clash covered by a dance band – even an art-minded one such as Philly’s El Malito and the 33rd Century. 1982’s Combat Rock was, after all, the record that saw Joe, Mick and the gang grooving onto the dancefloor and the Billboard charts with “Rock the Casbah.” But El Malito has a way of putting a singular spin on everything they touch, and their rendition of the classic “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” is rooted in sha’abi, a beat-centric sound popular at the dance parties of Egypt.
El Malito gives a playful delivery of the lead vocal, while bits of The Clash’s original can be heard chopped and spliced througout the track. Listen to it below, and catch the band live at the Fishtown installment of Night Market on Thursday, October 1st. More information can be found here; grab a free download of “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” at Bandcamp.
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