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The Clash helped set the pace for socially conscious rockers. This double CD contains many of their best songs, from their first album straight on through to their last.
 
Gene Grief's Illustration for the CLASH
Gene Grief's Illustration for the CLASH
Gene Grief's Illustration for the CLASH
Gene Grief's Illustration for the CLASH

BACK TO PUNK ALBUM COVERS

THE CLASH came to be one of the few punk bands to gain attention in the mainstream media and get signed to a major record label. Because of this many punks accused the band of selling out. Nevertheless, the Clash reached a wide audience with their radical ideas, and were the first to introduce reggae music into the rock scene. The band sang their opposition to police brutality and the arms race, and with their third album titled SANDINISTA, gave their support to the Nicaraguan revolution.

The artwork shown above was the cover art for the second album release by the band, GIVE 'EM ENOUGH ROPE. The band was touring the United States and while in San Francisco (where there was a thriving punk scene), happened upon a young punk artist by the name of Gene Grief. Grief was creating flyers for bands and events in San Francisco, and the Clash were impressed enough with the artist's visual style to ask him to do their album cover. The artist portrayed an American icon, the cowboy... face down in the dirt, nothing but a lifeless carcass, a meal for vultures. In the background a mounted Chinese peasant surveys the loathsome Western landscape.
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