Welcome back fine people and hopefully this will be a more normal week of blog updates as the horizon looks a bit more clear at the moment in terms of having a bit of free time. Things can change of course. I hope your weekend was a fine one wherever you may be, mine was dominated by a children’s party (about 15 nine year olds invading the home) and the debut of our street’s teenage garage band. I’m resisting the temptation to take the debut Clash abum over to them and just say ‘Listen’. (the band…not the nine year olds)
I’m trying to pull together a lot of loose strands due to the interruptions lately so I thought I’d just put together a list of the (many) articles that were added online about the forthcoming Sound System box set which as you’re all aware is coming out on 9/9. I’m not going to pretend that more than a handful of voices are unhappy and speaking about the ‘endless cycle of reissues’ and ‘why buy stuff I already own’ and nor can I just dismiss those sentiments. In addition the price has raised the reaction levels of many and I’d put myself in that category, times are hard and $150 (or whatever it ends up costing) is not something I can justify above paying other more pressing bills. However I’d contrast that with the fact that a lot of effort has gone into the boxset especially from Mick on the remastering side and Paul in the overall art and design of the box. I’ve no doubt that it’s going to be a stunning thing to own based on what we’ve seen so far and will in theory be the ‘final say’ on The Clash.
In fact a fair amount of those topics are covered in a lengthy interview with Paul Simonon in Rolling Stone. I tend to criticise RS at the drop of a hat so to be fair this interview is very worth reading if perhaps you missed it asking some great questions to Simonon and finding out more about not just Sound System but Paul’s take on it and other matters including Bob Dylan, reunions and time in jail in Greenland. Interview by Andy Greene (well done) so get along and read it if you haven’t.
“I think it had a lot to do with seven years of nonstop touring and recording and traveling as a band. It was more than just a band, –it was a lifestyle as well. Seven years without a break really takes a toll on you, and you don’t even realize it. You’re affected by other people, and after a while, sometimes they have love for you and sometimes they don’t”
Paul Simonon on the later days of The Clash (Rolling Stone interview)
Then to wrap it up today a cross section of the media coverage about the box set complete with links, once again in case you missed any.
Slicing Up Eyeballs - partial tracklist and quote from The Guardian interview
The Official Sony Music Press Release (!) wow, SEO value and all that. Formal and sterile at the same time
The Guardian – who incidentally published the news about the box set a full 2 hours before the official website. I wonder if Sony know?
Punknews.org – short and to the point as befits this great site
Pitchfork - treating The Clash with archaeological reverence naturally
Consequence of Sound – more of the same really
I’d love to report that there was much more with additional information but essentially it’s recycling across the net, the comments on some of the pages above are probably more interesting than the articles. Later in the week we’ll do a price check and I’ll make a case of purchasing just the remastered studio albums if you’ve already amassed a good collection of rarities which I know is the case for so many of you.
Finally tonight, condolences to the family and friends of Arturo Vega, a very important part of The Ramones behind the scenes and on the stage. In case you missed it a fitting article about Vega was in The Guardian.