The weekend at last and how welcome it is. Thanks for dropping back in after an extended unplanned break, a level of normal services should now resume and I’ve got a lot of Clash news to get through over the next week so expect rather regular updates on both this site and of course The Clash Blog News as well.
I missed a lot this week which is unfortunate not least of all the chance to wish Topper Headon a very happy 58th birthday back on Thursday. I know I’m in the majority when I share the feeling of warmth and happiness for Topper for all of his contributions musically but also for making such a wonderful recovery from years of difficulty about which I don’t need to dwell on here. You look great Topper, keep doing what you’re doing and hopefully we’ll see a bit more of you this year too.
I owe you all a post about The Clash Sound System box set and some of the pricing options I’ve stumbled on so expect that in the days ahead, there is also news that vinyl issues of just the remastered albums will be released as a separate package (along with the CD remasters of course). While I maintain that the complete box set is beyond reasonable pricing, especially in the North American market there is still some hope that we may see it reduced nearer the date of release. Apparently this happens often with box sets (?) I’m told which makes no sense to me so for now my advice if you’re purchasing the entire set in that market is wait and see and probably save some cash by purchasing nearer the time. On the other hand purchasing just the remastered albums on CD is priced really reasonably. Incidentally the price for Sound System has gone from $299 to $249 and is now $196 on Amazon in the space of 12 days….what on earth happens to people who preordered at $299? If that happened to you let me know.
On the lighter side I hope most of you were able to see the official video promoting the box set with Topper, Paul and Mick providing the voices to their paper cut outs with the moving mouths? I believe the idea was devised by Paul and it is (to be fair) as odd as it is enjoyable. The actual news there is having the three members of the band in essence working together at the same time again even though it’s in the format of an interview. While Mick worked with Paul throughout the project with Gorillaz and Topper teamed with Mick and Billy Bragg for Jail Guitar Doors there have not been opportunities for the three of them to work in concert for decades and let’s face it promoting something is ultimately work. It is great to hear all three in the same room at last and I’m certain there’s much more to come. As for these videos there were many outtakes not used as the official promotional video of which I’ve included a few more below. You’ll learn more about velcro at the very least and there will be more to follow I believe.
Sounds System Extras 1
Sounds System Extras 2