On the heels of last month's double-disc "Essential Clash" retrospective album, Epic has set a June 10 release date for "The Essential Clash DVD," Billboard.com has learned.
On the heels of last month's double-disc "Essential Clash" retrospective album, Epic has set a June 10 release date for "The Essential Clash DVD," Billboard.com has learned. The DVD compiles all of the Clash's videos in one package, bolstered by rare promotional footage and the short film "Hell W10."
Initial plans called for the videos to be simply tacked onto a new edition of the previously released Clash documentary DVD "Westway to the World," but all parties decided they didn't want to force fans who already owned the film to have to purchase it again.
"Essential Clash" includes videos for "White Riot," "Complete Control," "Tommy Gun," "Clampdown," "Train in Vain," "London Calling," "Bank Robber," "The Call Up," "Rock the Casbah," and live clips for "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" and "Career Opportunities." A trailer for the Don Letts film "Clash on Broadway" that incorporates clips of "London Calling" and "Radio Clash" is also included.
"Hell W10" was written and directed by late Clash principal Joe Strummer and shot in 1983 in the style of a silent, black-and-white film. It features band members cavorting around West London as they become entangled with drugs and gangsters. The Clash's music has recently been added to the film.
Other rare goodies on "Essential Clash" include promotional footage from 1976, featuring clips of "1977," "White Riot," and "London's Burning," a 1976 interview from "London Weekend Show," and the band's rendition of "I Fought the Law," later used in the group's 1980 film "Rude Boy."
In related news, a memorial concert is being organized for Strummer, who died suddenly in December at the age of 50. The event, to be held April 20 at London's Tabernacle, will feature performances from Strummer's pre-Clash band the 101'ers, longtime collaborator Tymon Dogg, and Wilco Johnson. It is not know if any of the surviving Clash members plan to participate in the tribute.