Mick Jones and Paul Simonon team up with….Frank Ocean

Saturday night…or as the Bay City Rollers once said S A T U R…enough of that. Hope you’re well, I’m alright although I wouldn’t mind about fifteen hours sleep to get back on an even keel. Football matches in London shouldn’t begin at 445am on a Saturday if you ask me, at least we won, well done özil! So…some Clash news for you while I continue to keep an ear out for news of that Malaysian Air flight. That doesn’t sound promising at all does it? Very sad.

You might remember a while back I asked ‘What next for Mick Jones in 2014?’ and ran a poll and you gave your support by voting for a number of different options. For those who selected ‘something else entirely’ you’d be holding the winning ticket as news arrives that Jones has recorded a song named ‘Hero’ with Paul Simonon, Frank Ocean and Diplo that will be released next week. I’ll hold my hands up and say I’d never heard of Diplo until now but his name sounds a bit like an accounting terms, not to worry though as he’s obviously heard of The Clash and said as much:

“The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick. Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me. They meant death to genres, music and message above everything. Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect and Converse® valued everyone’s artistic freedom to let us shine throughout the past few months to make this thing happen”       – Diplo

The song is being record for the Converse® series “Three Artists, One Song” which has been kicking around a few years now and previously featured Gorillaz and Graham Coxon from Blur (do you see a trend). Essentially a novel way to have artists work together who normally wouldn’t and if you’re interested in what has gone before here is a link for all of the earlier efforts to listen to. Ultimately though it’s advertising for Converse® under the guise of hip music which says everything about the music industry today I suppose. Nevertheless we’ll have to wait until Monday (March 10) to hear the outcome exclusively on the Converse® Tumblr page. Tumblr…for fucks sake. I didn’t get trademark approval for the Converse® logo below so I changed it just in case. I always quite liked how the shoes look but they aren’t exactly comfortable, plus they stole The Clash star, which of course belongs to The Clash.

jones simonon ocean hero Mick Jones and Paul Simonon team up with....Frank Ocean

What I find most interesting about the quote is “throughout the past few months” which sounds unlikely if they’ve recorded just a single. Unless of course he meant there were five recording sessions over the last three months – or could it mean that more songs were recorded. I’m just speculating like mad of course but you do wonder. Well…I do at least.

This follows Mick and Paul recording together somewhat recently (2010) with Gorillaz and marks the second time they’ve been in the studio together in the last few years. Would it be the longest of long-shots that they might record something that wasn’t to help a third party or as a one-off like this appears to be. Naturally they’d need a drummer (I can think of a few good ones) and probably a rhythm guitarist or keyboards. What I’m not suggesting is them even beginning to attempt to be The Clash in music or sound – and honestly I don’t think they’d consider it for a second – but it would be interesting if either Paul or Mick said ‘Let’s do some more work together’ and just see what happened.

So…I’ll naturally be back with news on Monday and other stuff naturally. Thanks for reading – be good.


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