Have you ever wondered what a 21st Century song by The Clash would sound like? Apparently, Jakob Dylan asked that question, as he ended his band’s seven-year hiatus earlier this year. Of course it helps when you get former Clash member, and Big Audio Dynamite front man, Mick Jones to play and sing on the track for you. It’s a shame Jones does not get a featured credit on the song’s title. In fact, I think the song should be called “Reboot the Mission” by Mick Jones, featuring the Wallflowers. Of course whenever anyone mentions The Clash, one immediately thinks of Joe Strummer, and rightfully so. But Mick Jones gets an unfair shake when it comes to his musicianship and his contribution to the legendary punk band. It is nice to hear a new Wallflowers song on the radio. It is nice to hear a Clash/B.A.D.-esque song on the radio as well. And speaking of bands inspired by the Clash releasing new music in late 2012, Green Day will have not one, not two, but three new albums out soon, titled “¡Uno!”, “¡Dos!”, and “¡Tré!” I wonder if this is a nod toward The Clash’s 1980 triple album, “Sandinista!”
EDIT: It’s been pointed out to me that Mick Jones is featured on the cover of the single. Nevertheless, it doesn’t change my point that the song is so heavily influenced by The Clash, that it should be credited the other way around.
- Jakob Dylan Gets His Clash On With “Reboot” (radioalice.cbslocal.com)
- The Wallflowers debut new Mick Jones-assisted single ‘Reboot the Mission’ (music-mix.ew.com)