The Clash on Stage / Blackmarketclash is the most comprehensive biography of The Clash on stage, in the studio, on film with links to rare recordings.
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We have reviewed most gigs upto July 1982 with the exception of some newer recordings. Latest audio/video reviews Pier 84 Sept 1982.
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On my neverending quest to make the ultimate Clash live set mixed tape, I've decided to make a list of their greatest shows based off of pure listening experience, not historical relevance (eg 9/76 Roundhouse for example is omitted). This is from the seventy or so shows that I've listened to over the last year or so and there aren't really too many surprises for those familiar with blackmarketclash.com
1. 5/24/80 Scandinavium- Thrilling, energetic, and funny from start to finish. Joe ad libs on pretty much every song, the tempos are accelerated, and the performances are top notch all around. There is even a once performed special treat of an embryonic Charlie Don’t Surf which sounds completely different from anything The Clash ever did, live or studio. The first ten seconds of Clash City Rockers says it all.
3. 5/21/81 Milan- An uncharacteristically energetic show from this very Sandinista show. Joe is in manic mode throughout, pushing Clampdown to unprecedented heights. Bonus points for being one of the best sounding audience recordings of those times.
4. 6/1/80 Bologna- Skip the first eight or so songs when Topper is MIA and a rich man’s Terry is filling in (excuse the ubiquitous Terry pot shot). This is a lesser version of the Scandinavium show which means it’s a freaking great show. It starts off safe and unsure and by the end it has devolved (evolved?) to a sloppy manic, incredible frenzy with Joe singing and Mick playing with little sense of “right and wrong” notes. There is almost a sense of that if they slow down, they’d die. Or at least get caught. Highlights are Joe and Mick alternately shouting “Murder!” at the end of Somebody (something they inexplicably never did on any other version I’ve heard) and a frightening, atonal beautiful mess of an Armagideon Time.
6. 6/17/80 Hammersmith Palais- The grand finale of their greatest tour. Mikey Dread may have tamed the Armagideon Time nightmare a touch, but his input on Jumping Master is essential and makes this show special. Although Mickey Gallagher’s keys nearly ruin the psychotic London’s Burning, his flourishes on the newer material add a pleasant 4th dimension. Add some rarities and you get a great, entirely unique show.
7. 1/3/79 Lyceum This is a tamer version of the Cleveland show that would happen a month later. Nevertheless, the band is firing on all cylinders and the playing is tight and intense. Joe yells until his voice is gone and then he keeps yelling for the remaining half of the show. Bonus points for being a dandy soundboard with some hot footage for Rude Boy
8. 5/8/77 Manchester- 1977 in a bottle (or cd). The sound quality is subpar, but the performance smokes with the band playing at 110% fury. Cardiff may have great sound quality, but lord it doesn’t have White Riot or Janie Jones. Speaking of, I challenge anyone to find a faster White Riot.
9. 5/19/83 Wichita Falls- This show earns the award for the most unique setlist and comes in a very clear audience recording to boot. Don’t mind the guy near the mic that has no sense of rhythm in his clapping. Instead, focus on wunderkind Pete Howard and obscure tracks performed brilliantly like “Sound of Sinners”, “Death or Glory” and a great “Lost in the Supermarket” and a Joe in good spirits. Not to mention the only (okay not really) live version of “Crooked Beat”.
10. 2/18/80 Lewisham- I was reluctant to include this show, but all six soundboard tracks (and two videos) to emerge are stellar with a well mixed Mickey on the funky organ. The audience tape is harsh, but listenable on headphones in a quiet room although the organ is a bit more in your face than on the pro mix.
Editors note: thanks for the reference. We would add Glasgow or Manchester 84 as well
1. Know Your Rights - Pearl Jam
Ever wondered where the Clash got their leather jackets?
The answer is from Lewis Leathers, Britain's oldest motorcycle clothing manufacturer, which has been around since 1982. Fast forward to 1956 and Lewis Leathers produced the Bronx, the first motorcycle jacket targeted at Britain's Rock & Roll / Ton-Up teenagers, from here-on-in the only leather jacket for any British teenager to be seen in was a Lewis Leathers original.
When Punk arrived 20 years later, motorcyclist Paul Simonon headed-off with Joe (and Bernie probably holding the chequebook) to Lewis Leathers and the trio picked-out the Lightning jacket which had become the Rockers choice as the 70's wore-on, Paul & Joe wore these jackets right up to the end of 1979 and were followed by Damned guitarist Brian James & the Pistols Steve Jones, who wore his Lightning in the Pretty Vacant video. Not to be outdone Mick Jones got down to the Lewis Leathers shop a year or two later and picked out a Cyclone jacket, the same model was worn by Chrissie Hynde on the first Pretenders album cover.
Lewis Leathers are still producing these same high quality jackets in the UK made to the same exact standard as they were in their heyday, check them out at <http://www.lewisleathers.com>
Recently released with new additional tracks, Elgin Avenue revisted is the remasterd 101ers [Joe Strummers first band] LP re-released on CD. Available at mots online music retailers, go and grab yourself a copy...
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Joe on 'kicking the Tories out'
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76 12 00 BRASS Tacks doc on Punk 70mins
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Bogus site? ConcertsGalore.com
They have listed the following but the site doesn't work. Strange as it lists over a 100 clash bootlets accurately. Why go to the trouble? The asterick ones match BMC's set list notes (copied?) The mistakes on BMC appear on their site.
77 12 20 McMordie Hall, Belfast * >
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82 09 01 (Mick) Peppermint Lounge
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76 11 03 Harlseden (possible master found)
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82 02 07 Wellington Radio Interviews
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Clash WANTED for 2009 !!!!!
85 07 27 Athens Video or Audio
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1. 85-07-27 Video from Athens
76 09 20 100 Club VID EXISTS/WANTED
A Scottish Clash taper claims he has these - see this thread
Video wanted list (see full video list here)
20 Sept 76 - 100 Club Festival
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