Sources (audio):
1. old video
2. 1991 Rebroadcast UK SatTV
3. 2001 Rebroadcast UK BBC2 TOTP2
4. 1990's rebroadcast UK?

The very 1st rebroadcast of one of the two clash performances was a Something Else compilation programme.The song in the compilation was Tommy Gun.

Sources (video):
2. 1991 Rebroadcast UK SatTV
3. 2001 Rebroadcast UK BBC2 TOTP2 [Clash City Rockers only]

The boot LP Death or Glory has Tommy Gun on it.

The Clash on Stage site has a comprehensive catalogue of unofficially released CD's and Vinyl.

The show put out by BBC2 in the UK had a DIY ethic, devised and presented by teenagers, it featured a mixture of of topics and music about current social events. The actual date was not as the boot LP [Death or Glory] lists as 1981, but January 1978, the BBC TOTP2 A/V source from 2001 has more info.


Old video sources exists of this and supply both audio and A/V recordings in circulation. A good one is yet to be seen of either.

Much better are the various UK rebroadcasts for both audio and A/V. All are excellent.

One source has both tracks and the only recording of the interview, running just over 12 minutes total. Its only flaw is is it edits the intro into Tommy Gun and the rest of the (non-clash) show. The interview is with a prominent Labour MP of the time, Joe and others.

The 1991 rebroadcast of Tommy Gun from a NICAM video source has Toppers brief clipboard intro and a marginally better sound.

Clash City Rockers received its first free-to-air rebroadcast in 23 years on Sat 20 Oct 2001, but only Clash City Rockers. The start and end is punctuated by commentray and the video by TOTP2 'screen crawlers'. TOTP2 also dates the programme.

Besides the video it has also been released on the boot LP Death or Glory, though this has a lesser sound.

letter to the BBC

Subject : Today programme radio 4 28th May 2001
Something Else BBC TV programme of January 1978

From: info@bbc.co.uk
Subject: Today programme 5411577

Thank you for your recent e-mail concerning 'Today' on Radio 4 and 'Something Else' on BBC ONE. I apologise for the delay in our reply. We know our correspondents appreciate a quick response, and it is a matter of regret to us that you have had to wait for so long on this occasion.

I am sorry to inform you that, due to copyright and contractual restrictions, copies of these programmes are not available.

You may be interested to know that the 'Today' website allows you to listen to parts of programmes. However, at present, a technical hitch is preventing sound clips from before the 2 July 2001 being accessed. BBC Online are working on the problem and it will be resolved as soon as possible. The website is:

www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today

I hope you find this information helpful and thank you, once again, for your interest in the BBC.

Regards

Yvonne Erskine
BBC Information

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Clash City Rockers
interview
Tommy Gun

Radio Times 'political interview'

any info / reviews appreciated

Clash

Rock On!
Don't gob on Me - It Makes Him ill
Joe tells Rock On! how he caught hepatitus from gobbing

Joe on catching Hepatitus

Short Tour of the Midlands for Sandy Pearlman
during early 78 the Clash played several secret dates on a 'short midlands tour'. Sandy Pearlman, CBS's producer for the Rope album had come in from the States to check out the band and Johnney Green was asked to fix up some inpromptu gigs for Pearlmans benefit.

The dates are slightly questionable. Dunstable date seems correct and the Birmingham tape is labelled the 24th. The band definately played Dunstable the following night.

Following these dates, Joe and Mick went to Jamaica late February, just before Joe got Hepatitus mid Feb. The early recordings of the Rope album began at the Marquee Studios in March. Pearlman arrived back in the UK in April to carry on.

Jan 00?

BBC TV Something Else

The show put out by BBC2 in the UK had a DIY ethic, devised and presented by teenagers, it featured a mixture of of topics and music about current social events. The actual date was not as the boot LP lists 1981, but January 1978, the BBC TOTP2 A/V source from 2001 has more info.

Jan 24 Barbarellas, Birmingham
A quick secret tour arranged by Bernie (and poss. J Green). Dates confirmed from NME Jan 28 1978. A Riot of our own p58 mentions these dates extensively.
Jan 25 Queensway Hall, Dunstable, Luton
Definate date.
Jan 26 Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry
Where infamously Clash Roadie Robin Crocker walloped Sandy Pearlman.
Apr 30 Victoria Park, Hackney
...Rock Against Racism festival with the Tom Robinson Band, Pete Townsend, et al. Note the use of Pauls backdrop... Rumours persist that a/v footage was shot by the organisers for fund raising releases and that this still exists.
May 1 Birmingham Barbarellas
May 27 Paris Hippodrome - Marxist Festival
"The gig was the show piece of the last night of a festival celebrating the tenth anniversary of the French uprising in May 1968 . Organised by the largest French Trotskyist organisation, the Ligue Communiste Revolutionaire, it was held in the Hippodrome which is normally used as a circus." Johnny Green mentions this one off gig p46. Pete Silverton writes about the gig in a June interview with the band. Punter

According to Laurel Stan -Paris Maquis' website the correct date is 27/05/1978 not 20/05/1978.
"27 mai 78 - FÍte de Rouge... Bataille rangÈe entre le SO de la Ligue et les zautognÙmes. Un grand classique. Le soir mÍme, en reprÈsailles, le local des trotsks est attaquÈ par l'autonomie prolÈtarienne."

A french novellist is working on a book about this event and he is looking for testimonies, etc. According to a french musician that was at this show the band started with "London's Burning".

Regards, GÈant V <geant.vert.ink[a]gmail.com>