Artists from power-pop darlings Third Eye Blind to rap legend Ice Cube are
putting their signature touch on an upcoming tribute LP to the pioneering punk-
rock band the Clash, who, in a relatively short career, had a major impact on all
styles of music.
The eclectic project, tentatively titled Clash Tribute Album, is scheduled
for an Aug. 25 release, according to Amiira Largent, director of A&R at Epic
Perhaps the greatest tribute to the far-reaching influence of the Brit-punk quartet
fronted by guitarists and singers Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, lies in the slate
of performers who have signed on for the album. Artists as varied as L.A. rapper
Ice Cube, ska-rockers the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and power-pop bands
Cracker and Third Eye Blind have signed on to cover tunes from the quartet that
rose to be the reigning kings of punk during the late '70s British Invasion.
The Clash did so by creating a seamless blend of reggae, rap and ska with an
angry political conscience. And it is that eclectic energy and raw power that has
inspired so many bands since.
Stephan Jenkins, frontman for the multi-platinum pop act Third Eye Blind, said
his group -- whose album spawned a handful
of hit singles -- leaped at the chance to contribute a track to the
"The Clash are one of our biggest influences," Jenkins said during a recent
The band has been scheduled to do a cover of the Clash hit "Train In Vain
(Stand By Me)." "We love the raw quality of their playing and the sense of
experimentation and lack of pretense in their music," Jenkins said. "They are
one of the only bands I think successfully combined politics and music."
A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to Strummer's charity of choice,
Children's Hospital Los Angeles-High Risk Youth Program, Largent said.
"As Epic Records was the home of the Clash, we're especially thrilled to be part
of this project," she said. "The brilliant and timeless music of the Clash,
performed by some of today's most influential artists, is truly inspiring."
Although they achieved their greatest commercial success later in their career
Go.ram">"Should I Stay Or Should I Go" (RealAudio excerpt) -- off of their 1982 platinum
record, Combat Rock -- many critics and fans alike agree that the Clash's
ambitious double-disc, 1979's London Calling, is representative of some
of the band's best work.
The complete track listing for the tribute album is: 311 ("White Man In
Hammersmith Palais"), Rancid ("Cheat"), the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
("Rudie Can't Fail"), Cracker ("White Riot"), Moby and Heather Nova
("Straight To Hell"), Ice Cube featuring Mack 10 and Korn ("Should I Stay
Or Should I Go"), the Urge ("Radio Clash"), Silverchair ("London's
Burning"), Unwritten Law ("Guns Of Brixton"), No Doubt ("Hateful") and
Third Eye Blind ("Train In Vain (Stand By Me)").