This is a Global Warning!!!... This is KINGSTON CALLING!!!
When unexpected paths cross it can lead to interesting results...
London's underground music scene was thriving at the end of the seventies, Jamaican DNA was introduced in the emerging Punk culture which was taking its first steps on this side of the pond. The Clash were a clear example of how these two cultures could bear unique fruit. Not by coincidence, the mad genius of Black Ark became a fan and producer early on and, since then, the relationship between “the only band that really matters” and Jamaican music is undeniable. On this album, current Jamaican
music bands from all over the world converge to pay tribute to the songs we all have grown up with, songs that taught us to love music for its ability to show passion, rage, love and disappointment.
Through our veins walk the intelligent arrangements of Mick Jones, the basslines of Paul Simonon, the words of Joe Strummer, and the sharp sticks of Topper Headon.
Their songs are like church hymns in which we feel portrayed.
Today, punk attitude is more necessary than ever, here we look back not because of nostalgia but as a rallying cry for strength to undertake life's difficult path.
This collection is a fair, visceral, and passionate homage to a frame in history that must not be forgotten, a crucial point in the map where we can always come back.
That's what great songs are about, common places that makes us feel nourished, secure, and encouraged. The Clash is and will always be a band where musicians cross paths, like travelers they find refuge in shared experiences, growing up to music that explains why they embarked on that hard journey in the first place. I am personally grateful to all the musicians who have participated in this project, each and every one showing true passion from the very beginning. The result is a truly unique and diverse collection of tributes that are as great as the band they are paying homage to. Sure, there are many well-deserved tributes to The Clash out there, but this is the first tribute album to pass entirely through a Jamaican filter - from the beginning we all understood it's necessity due to the island's tremendous cultural influence and musical attitude.
Thanks to everyone. Thanks to The Clash.
released September 27, 2013