Greensleeves, in conjunction with One Love Books, is proud to present Clarks in Jamaica, the album tie-in with Al Fingers’ critically acclaimed book of the same name which chronicles the celebrated status of Clarks shoes in Jamaica. The compilation, to be released on October 16th, 2015 on CD, vinyl and digital download, will showcase classics from the golden age of dancehall music that celebrates Jamaica’s love affair with the iconic English footwear brand.
Al, who compiled the album, says “Growing up in England I’ve always been fascinated by the Jamaican love of Clarks shoes and the way the brand is referenced within reggae and dancehall music. Vybz Kartel’s tune ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, but the relationship goes back a lot longer, and I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the work of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who sang about Clarks many years before.”
Okayplayer LargeUp breaks down Jamaica’s history with the shoe and announces details of the Clarks In Jamaica compilation, raving that it “bounces along with harmonious melodies while featuring a multitude of classic artists vocalizing lyrics either in ode or in reference to the Clarks brand.”