Mike D. zealously testifies to studying the sleeves of every Clash single as a 'tween, unlocking truths about punk's sartorial coding and the nature of reggae, the music instigating in the young Beastie Boy the dream of being in a band. Shane McGowan could hear in the group's first single, "White Riot," the message of "how pathetic white people are at standing up for their rights and having fun, whereas black people know how to do both." Such epiphanies are noted in the latest repackaging of the Clash catalog, a 19-CD box set with faithful color-sleeve replicas of its collected output of 45s and 12s. The Clash was tangentially a U.K. punk band "saving... More >>>