The Clash – Police and Thieves
The Clash AKA “The Only Band That Matters,” released their self-titled debut album in 1977 (does anyone have the stat on how many debut albums are self-titled?). It was a hit around the UK as The Clash established themselves as a freedom fighter band in their native country.
This track, Police and Thieves (a regular recording room warm up song) was chosen over the Bob Marley’s Dancing Shoes to round out the album’s song list. The song was originally written and recorded by Junior Murvin and Lee “Scratch” Perry 1976 and appears on a variety of albums including: the classic 1980 soundtrack for the film THE ROCKERS (where I first discovered this song) and Lee Perry’s This Is Reggae Music, vol 3.
Murvin’s first comment regarding The Clash recording was: “They have destroyed Jah work!” I am sure he came around because the song jams. In the end however, I believe Murvin’s version is superior and is well worth exploring.