Sat Eye Candy: Mick Jones of The Clash, B.A.D., Carbon/Silicon

ONE OF ENGLAND'S GREAT GIFTS TO MODERN ROCK TURNS 55

Mick Jones is a scrappy bloke with a brilliant mind. He's been one of rock's future forward pioneers since The Clash first strapped on guitars in the 70s, and he's continued to unearth new combinations of sound that always have an ear to the street and a nose for what's next. You can hear this zeitgeist in Big Audio Dynamite and his more recent efforts with Carbon/Silicon and Gorillaz. Unabashedly political, Jones has been a mighty fist to the head of fascists, numbskulls and other greedy, power mad twits around the world. Music matters when Mick Jones plays it, and kudos to him for making it fun, too. Happy freakin' birthday, sir!

We begin our salute with a clip from the movie Rude Boy.


B.A.D. is one of THE most influential acts on contemporary pop but doesn't often get the credit they deserve. And unlike a lot of the haircuts mixing punk, reggae and dance today, Mick and his posse could kill it live. This clip comes from the UK Freedom Concert in 1988.


Old blokes can rock, too!


A blast of early Clash.


One more from Big Audio Dynamite.


We end with Jones' best known lead vocal in The Clash.

[Published on: 6/26/10]

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