Wednesday, May 4, 2016

D. J. Danger Donkey's Bizarro Covers: The Clash covers the roots of Reggae

As a young lad, the Clash recording Black Market Clash was my introduction to Jamaican music. On this recording the Clash covered Toots and the Maytals, Willie Williams and Junior Murvin. Along with  Robber Dub, a Clash original I believe, this was my introduction to Reggae, Ska and Dub. Odds are pretty good, there's another obscure cover or two on this recording that I don't know about. I'm pretty sure I was listening to this before I know who Bob Marley was. Thank you Mr. Strummer, Mr. Jones, Mr. Headon and Mr. Simonon.

 Here's a bit more trivia, Pressure Drop and Armagideon Time appear in the video game GTA: San Andreas. In GTA V and GTA Online, I believe there is a Dub version of Police and Thieves on the Blue Ark radio station which is hosted by Lee Scratch Perry. 

Here are the original recordings plus Robber Dub, have a skanky day.

Toots and the Maytals: Pressure Drop

Willie Williams: Armagideon Time

Junior Murvin: Police and Thieves

The Clash: Robber Dub

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