Listen to TEKE::TEKE Cover "Bankrobber" by the Clash

The cover will appear on the upcoming Clash tribute album

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Jan 29, 2024

Robbie Robertson might not have liked the Clash, but fellow Canadian musicians TEKE::TEKE beg to differ. The Montreal-based psych rock group shared their contribution to the upcoming Clash tribute album Hearts & Minds & Crooked Beats today ahead of the collaborative project's release on International Clash Day (February 7). 

TEKE::TEKE, whose sound is heavily influenced by Japanese music, gave the 1988 reggae-tinged Clash classic "Bankrobber" a multilingual spin, singing in both Japanese and English.

"'Bankrobber' was the first ever song I heard from the Clash, it was on a compilation tape a dear friend of mine had made for me in my early 20s," TEKE::TEKE vocalist Sei Nakauchi Pelletier said in a statement shared by Brooklyn Vegan. "The Clash went on to become one of my favourite and most-inspiring rock bands of all-time, way beyond their musical genius but also for their political stances and DIY approach."

Brooklyn-based singer Mirah also treated her cover of "I'm Not Down" to an early release today in a preview of the complete tribute album, which will feature the Dandy Warhols, Smokey Brights, the Gotobeds, Labasheeda and more. A portion of the proceeds from the project will go to the International Rescue Committee.

Check out TEKE::TEKE and Mirah's Clash covers below. 

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