Carbon/Silicon: Clash Guitarist Returns

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Carbon/Silicon is Tony James from Generation X (on the left) and Mick Jones from The Clash (on the right) Courtesy of Carbon/Silicon hide caption

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Before Radiohead subverted the record industry with a name-your-price downloadable album, the punk rock legends in Carbon/Silicon — Mick Jones from The Clash and Tony James from Generation X — were already offering their music for free online. Of course, musicians have put up their music for free download before, but very few with such history as The Clash and the band that launched Billy Idol's career.

In 2002, the garage-rock-inspired duo began by using extensive sampling and studio work to create their music. Their debut, A.T.O.M., appeared on their Web site in 2006. Their latest is The Crackup Suite, a six-song EP available — like the rest of their music — for download.

This segment previously aired Jan. 17, 2008.



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