Mick Jones of The Clash has compared the band’s forthcoming ‘Sound System’ boxset to hit US TV show Breaking Bad.
The comprehensive collection of the band’s music will be released later this month (September) and features remastered versions of all their studio albums. Speaking to The Telegraph about his reasons for deciding to present the punk band’s back catalogue in this fashion, Jones explained that it is in keeping with the way people now tend to consume TV series in bulk.
“It was just an opportunity to do something now,” Jones said, “to represent the music. I like the idea of the ideas carrying on somehow – like Che Guevara’s. It’s also a restoration, because the tapes would’ve rotted soon. So it’s just the recorded works, presented as best possible – no different from the complete series of Kojak or Breaking Bad. That’s how everyone buys things these days, isn’t it?”
The Black Market Clash store, a Clash themed pop-up shop, is set to open later this week in London to celebrate the release of the ‘Sound System’ boxset and its accompanying ‘best of’ compilation the ‘The Clash Hits Back’. The store will be open from September 7-22 at 75 Berwick Street, Soho.
As well as selling the band’s new releases, the pop-up shop will display items from the Clash archive including instruments, stagewear, rare memorabilia and original manuscripts. The store will open on Friday (September 6) with an exclusive launch event attended by the band.