Apparently a classic Clash bootleg, but new to me! Thanks to Evan for recommending this one, it is a blast. Mick Jones’ original double LP mixes of the Combat Rock album are adventurous, dubby and a hell of a lot of fun. Plenty of delightfully weird variations on very familiar tunes. Was going to up it myself, but discovered that the Lightning Strikes blog has an expanded, two-disc version. Know your rights! Go get it.
I keep meaning to get this somehow, so here’s my latest motivation.
United States of Audio, Solid Steel Radio Show (24/5/2013): 3 Feet High & RIsing, reduced and expanded in an hourlong mix. HIGHLY recommended.
My life can now be divided into the time I did not know McFadden & Whitehead re-recorded “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” to honor the World Series-bound (and eventual winning team) Philadelphia Phillies, and the time after I first heard it. Between this and the previous year’s champs, the ‘79 “We Are Family” Pirates, I am pretty sure the power of disco is one of the surest ways to lead a Major League Baseball team to victory, and if a first-place team hasn’t yet jumped on the “Get Lucky” bandwagon it’s about time they go for it.
Killer Mike: Villains are noble people! Villains aren’t “thugs” and… What was the other shit they used to say on cartoons? Thugs, and henchmen, and shit? Villains are brilliant people. They determine their position. Like, Magneto’s not evil; he’s determined his position. He’s not going to allow himself to be talked down to by humans, he’s not gonna allow himself to be regulated, and there’s something very admirable about that. You know, if you look at Bizarro, in Superman, he’s no true fuckin’ villain so much as he’s from another dimension, where people don’t understand that in this dimension you can’t do the shit he does. I like villains, I always have. They’ve always been more complex and more interesting to me, and to me they’ve always held truer to their principles than heroes.
I wish i was friends with Killer Mike.
This is less “why should I get this album” (ANSWER: “it’s free, duh”) and more “where does this sit in the context of these two artists’ previous works,” so think less “consumer guide” and more “justification for my eventual purchase of the vinyl version”.