This is about as good as bootlegs get. Released in 1983, this untitled album, known in collector circles as Red China, compiles a few classic Clash demos along with some rarities. The latter only account for three tracks: “Listen,” “Capitol Radio,” and the interview that closes out Red China. All three can also be found on the Capitol Radio EP. The problem is that you’ll never find that EP, and even if you do you’ll pay through the nose for it.
The rest of Red China is pure demo track goodness, and man do these songs sound great in their rawest form. There’s a good reason that the Clash were The Only Band That Mattered.
Expect to pay around $40-50 for a copy of Red China, but if you’re just in it for the music you can find these tracks online with just a couple of clicks. Happy hunting.
Categories: From the Stacks