advent of the mix tape, everyone became her own music programmer, and yet there
can still be something insightful in enjoying someone else’s selection. Hits Back boasts an advantage over most
other best-of collections: Its running order follows the band’s own—The Clash’s
Joe Strummer thought he could change the world through his songs. He was half right. His songs changed many people living on Earth even if the world continued on its fearful trajectory. Strummer�s sneering voice was the sharp edge of the most powerful band to rise from British punk rock, the Clash. Only the Ramones and the Sex Pistols rivaled Strummer�s group for their impact on the cult...