Marley’s influence can be seen, heard, and felt throughout the world, but there were musicians who inspired his work too. One of the groups who captured his attention was the British punk rock band, The Clash.
According to the classic “Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley” by Timothy White, Marley first learned of The Clash’s music while hanging out with the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry in London.
At that time, The Clash had released only one album, and they blended R&B, reggae, rock, and other genres to create their sand. It inspired him to write a single. With Perry’s help, Marley hit up the Basing Street studio in London to record “Punky Reggae Party” with Aswad, another reggae group.
In the song, Marley sings about punk rockers and Rastafarians being “mistreated with impunity.” Other lyrics in the song shout out The Clash, Maytals, the Wailers, and other artists.