One of Retro Man Blog's favourite bands, French Boutik, contacted us to let us know all about a new compilation that they are involved with in aid of the The Teenage Cancer Trust. The band are big supporters of the charity having already travelled over to the U.K. earlier this year to appear at the London leg of the yearly fund-raising March Of The Mods campaign, which you can read about in the Blog archive here. The Specialized Project has announced that The Clash will be the focus of their fourth annual campaign in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust. Specialized Four will be a four disc, 70 song compilation entitled "Combat Cancer" featuring 70 Clash cover versions donated from bands around the world. The project is the accumulation of work of over 400 musicians, engineers and producers and includes guest performances from Mick Jones (The Clash), Horace Panter & Lynval Golding (The Specials), Dreadzone, Dennis Bovell, Rat Scabies (The Damned), Jona Lewie and Big Jim Paterson (Dexy's Midnight Runners). All of the tracks will be exclusive to the Combat Cancer album and all have been recorded in 2015 specifically to appear on the album. You can pre-order "Combat Cancer" from the Specialized Project web-site on-line store here. All funds raised from this album will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust and the National Foundation for Youth Music.
Here's a video explaining a bit more about the Specialized Project and Teenage Cancer Trust.
And here's a video to French Boutik's contribution, a cover of The Clash's "City of the Dead".