Super Black Market Clash is basically an expanded version of 1980’s Black Market Clash 10” EP release, and essentially it’s a compilation album incorporating many of the band’s b-sides, rarities, remixes, plus other odds and sods. It covers a five-year time frame (1977-82), and as it tends to avoid the more obvious stuff, it results in a celebration of some of the band’s more unheralded moments.
consequence of this almost random approach is that we get a wide range of
styles and perhaps the album’s biggest achievement is to successfully showcase
the band’s extraordinary versatility. No bad thing.
So much so, it’s
actually like a rough guide - a compacted version - to The Clash; from their
earliest punk-edged incarnation as found on ‘1977’ (the flipside to ‘White
Riot’), and ‘Capital Radio Two’, to the ska flavours of the Maytal’s cover
‘Pressure Drop’, the whitened urban soul of ‘The Magnificent Dance’ and Booker
T’s ‘Time Is Tight’, the mid-album dub peaks of ‘Justice Tonight’ and ‘Robber Dub’,
right through to the closer, ‘Mustapha Dance’, which is a remix of the 1982
single ‘Rock The Casbah’, this remains fairly eclectic yet still utterly
And whatever else
you can say about The Clash, love 'em or hate 'em, possibly even a bit of both
if you’re anything like me, the band deserve plaudits for some exceptional and
perfectly conceived album covers, and Super Black Market Clash is an excellent example of that, its
imagery suiting the album’s largely rebellious content perfectly.