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Kurt Vile covers The Clash for Google Play’s “Audio Ammunition” (playing Union Transfer on 10/26)

Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
As a supplement to the recent reissues of classic Clash albums, Google Play has gathered together four contemporary musicians who draw influence from the legendary English punk band for a series of cover songs.  Kurt Vile & The Violators contributed their take on 1979′s “The Guns of Brixton” to the effort, captured in the video below and compiled alongside covers by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Surfer Blood and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.  Check out the Philly band’s rendition and get limited-time free download of the MP3 here.  Vile plays Union Transfer on October 26th; tickets and information can be found here.

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Happy Birthday, Joe Strummer: Listen to The Clash play JFK Stadium in 1982

The Clash outside JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, PA. September 25, 1982 | Photograph by Bob Gruen

Today would have been the 61st birthday of Joe Strummer, legendary guitarist and lyricist for punk icons The Clash. Best known for being the heart and soul of that influential, genre-defining (and defying) group, Strummer also released solo work through the 80s and 90s, collaborated with The Pogues and others, and released a solid string of albums with his band The Mescaleros up until his death in December of 2002. He was 50 years old.

Two decades prior, The Clash was riding high on the massive commercial success of their fifth full-length, Combat Rock, which was to be the final release with their “classic” four-piece lineup. A late summer tour opening for The Who brought them to Philadelphia on September 25th, 1982, playing to a massive crowd at JFK Stadium. The set featured songs from the recently-released album – “Rock The Casbah,” and of course “Should I Stay or Should I Go – but also drew from across their discography for selections like “Police on My Back,” “White Man in Hammersmith Palais,” “Clampdown” and more. Audio from the entire performance is on YouTube; listen to it below and tell us your favorite Strummer songs or memories in the comments.

 

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Six essential covers from The Afghan Whigs (playing The Electric Factory on Sept. 27)

Photo by Sam Holden | samholdenphotography.com

This summer, Greg Dulli and his reunited bandmates in The Afghan Whigs turned heads with their cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes.” It was a great rendition, but as fans know well, the Whigs are masters of interpretation. A 90s alt-rock group with soul leanings, their catalogue is peppered with fantastic R&B and Motown re-versions, and some stuff from the rock pantheon too. These guys have a broad and deep appreciation of music, and here are six essential covers for you to dig into as we collectively get psyched for The Afghan Whigs’ appearance at The Electric Factory on Thursday, September 27. Tickets and information on the show are available here.

“(Don’t Worry) If There’s Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go” by Curtis Mayfield – covered on the Live at the Howlin’ Wolf EP (1999)

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World Cafe 20th Anniversary: Listen to David Dye’s interview with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash


World Cafe with David Dye is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and—beginning Monday, October 3rd, on World Cafe—David will be going through the World Cafe archives to rebroadcast many bands who have been on the show over the last two decades. Below, stream the interview that David did with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash in March, 2003.