By the mid 70s, the music scene experienced a slowdown as big rock band succumbed to the wanton abuse of fame, sex and drugs, living up to the decadent rock-star stereotype. As many began to feel desolate about the stagnation in the music scene, a revolutionary sound emerged, starting with the Sex Pistols, that promise to change the landscape of music. Along with the Sex Pistols came The Clash. The Clash was not a typecast band, and its sounds are more complex and varied than most. The Clash was liberal in experimentation and had brought in influences from everything ranging from reggae to ska, funk and even early hip-hop. The Clash’s eclectic sound is evident from one of its most memorable covers, a cover of Lee Scratch Perry, the quintessential influencer of the Reggae movement. Paying homage to The Clash’s sonic contribution and anti-establishment approach to life, Supreme answers the London Calling and brings The Clash in on a collaborative capsule collection of tees and hoodies.
The collaboration follows upon the NYC label’s previous collaboration with Lee Scratch Perry perfectly, featuring images and graphics of The Clash. The collaborative collection is a timely reminder of the importance of originality and adopting influences. Even though The Clash was known for its eclectic sounds and plethora of musical influences, they are more about internalizing different tunes and styles, and finding a way to incorporate it into their signature sounds to create something genre-bending and entirely new. Toasting to one of the most important players of music which went on to influence and lay the foundations of underground rock for decades to come, the collaborative collection will be hitting Supreme NYC in store on April 15, and the same collection will hit Japan on April 29. For those who miss The Clash and can’t quite get enough from the classic tracks, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones are featured on the title track of Gorillaz’ latest release, Plastic Beach.
Release Date: April 15th (Thursday)