Various Artists – The Clash Tribute

Karaoke homages from punk's fourth division

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Begun before Strummer’s death last December, this is a well-meaning mark of respect but, like so many tribute albums, redundant. It’s a curious ensemble of bargain bin UK punks: Chelsea, 999, The Business, Beki Bondage and so forth. Do we need Peter B (of The Test Tube Babies) to remind us “Rock The Casbah” is astonishing? Definitely not. Still, one star for Pete Wylie’s “Stay Free” (he means it, man) and another for the passion of all involved, however askew their intent may have wandered.

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