Live performance recorded for the youth programme 'Alright Now' on the Granada network. Broadcast on Friday 17 April.

Date of recording may be the 8th March?

Updated 3 Sept 2016 - added info on new video clip

cdr - recent upgrade – Alright Now UK-TV [from old video] – Sound 4.0 – 9min – unknown gen – 3 tracks + Interview
previous audio versions were poor

video - best found on Clash on TV DVDr*
but only contains English Civil War + Interview
all of it but poor quality.

video - Hate & War - Tibe 1983 -
Just Hate and War - great pic and sound and doesn't fade out to credits.

video - Hate & War - TOTP2 rebroadcast - June 2003
as part of the Ch4 'Joe Remembered' programme.
Includes interview and Hate and War - great pic and sound but picture fades out to credits

video - just the interview - good quality

This still exists in the vaults of Tyne Tees TV.

Tyne Tees were the North East's (Newcastle/Sunderland) local ITV franchise, part of the ITV network supplying programmes to other ITV regions/franchises.

Missing songs

Someone who was there comments that

"the band played a couple more tracks afterwards but I dont know if these are recorded, though they were not broadcast.

I was at the All Right Now recording of the Clash at Tyne Tees studios in Newcastle, and the Clash were only booked to play 3 or 4 songs. But they were pissed off with the TV company pushing the audience around (and so were the audience...see the video) that they ended up playing for about 40-50 mins, mainly a greatest hits concert. Don’t ask what the set was, I cant remember, but again have been told that only 3 songs were recorded by the TV company, the same ones that were broadcast."

A decent enough recording, recorded from the TV or video source. All the instruments are just about deciperhable though there is little distortion. Recorded by Tyne Tees TV for the ITV (Channel 3) network in the UK.

Interesting because it is the only known recording Desmond Decker's hit, The Israelites.

It was played at Blackburn on the 13th July 78 for the soundcheck but no knonw recording of that exists.

Sounds - UK Music weekly magazine - March 17 1979

STURDY with high forehead, floor manager John Pederson glides across the floor like an advert for frictionless castors, climbs into a position where he can see everyone in the studio and in the manner of a slightly tetchy bachelor uncle, announces do gathered horde of Geordie punks tremulously eager for `The Clash “Hello, the emergency exits are at the back and the side and if there’s a fire and you can’t find them, just follow me . . . - Right, that’s all from me. I’ll let the producer tell you some more about the show. “

The preparations over, the dry-ice machine starts dribbling just enough to give an impression that it’s all happening in a smoky club rather than under the glare of a vast battery of Finsburys and the Clash stroll onstage for a two-song warm up before taping a couple of numbers for the new Tyne Tees financed Den Hegarty-fronted show, Allright Now.

Obviously indebted to the failed attempt that was Revolver, this half-hour show also tries to recreate the atmosphere of a live gig by filming in front of a small audience and, this time round she merry-go-round, using a small group of hand-picked kids to enter into a discussion with the band. Presumably producer Malcolm Gerrie drew on his experience as a drama teacher in Sunderland he did a local widely acclaimed version of Tommy) in picking the kids out. Whatever, two of the girls seemed determined to ensure that the camera caught what they thought was their best profile - nylon clad legs stretching to infinity.

Other shows in the eight week series feature Dire Straits, Chris Rea, Blondie (a video montage), Ian Dury (talking), The Police, Zapper, the Who and, for local interest, Eric Burdon, Penetration, Lindisfarne and Punishment of Luxury. Tyne Tees are screening it at the peak time of seven o’clock Friday evening (currently the Muppets are in that slot) and the possibilities of other stations taking it are currently being discussed via the IBA - their decisions are expected later this week. This week’s filming, featuring as it does the Clash and the Tom Robinson Band, obviously promises to produce the most `controversial’ show.

A slight problem does indeed emerge in the TRB set. After the first number Tom announces “We were gonna play a song about Liddle Towers (`Blue Murder’) but the programmc director said we couldn’t because it’s a kids’ show. . . infiltrating their minds and all that rubbish. But here it is anyway” The TV professionals defuse the situation smoothly by `filming it for possible future use’.

Conscientious boycotters Of TOTP the Clash have agreed to do it precisely because they can play live. Which means a soundcheck at two and then waiting around till eight to do their short show. Paul Simonton passes the time in the dressing room, ripping up paper cups, gouging holes in the wall with his flick- knife and flying plastic aeroplanes around the room. The rest of the band wander to and from the canteen, drink cups of tea and sign autographs - one of the kids’ Clash Songbooks was presented to him as the school’s poetry prize. Mike Jones mentions that they’re going into the studio The following day to work on the music for the film Jack Hazan has made based around one of their roadies and his (fictional) lift. I ask him if they’d actually written any of the music yet. A long pause. “Mmmm . . . no. “

Topper tells me how difficult it was to get baked beans in the States and idly scans some American press stories on them I’d brought with me. The best of the hunch is Christgau’s in the Village Voice In between the usual par-for-the-band eulogies, he mentions that he was about to make love to his wife when he heard that China had invaded Vietnam. Desperate for relief for the obviously impending holocaust, he put on `Give `Em Enough Rope’, the side beginning with `Guns On the Roof’. He felt better.

Flicking through the script I noticed enough puns on the word Clash to keep Tony Blackburn amused for a week and some delights like: `General discussion. . . Does Sid Vicious’ death symbolise the death of punk? (e. g. flower power Charles Manson). ‘

When I pointed out this snippet to Den Hegarty, he smiled. “That’s what you get from someone who finishes a degree course. I dropped out of mine. “

Showtime and the band plunge into an efficient if uninspired `English Civil War’ while the split screen displays Short self- penned biogs (Mick’s biggest influence - third rate rock bands 67-73, Topper’s hobby - milking goats) and then moves over to the discussion with Den and the kids.

Den welcomes them by announcing “Well this is punk and there’s not a green hair in sight apart from the ones up your noses. “ The rest of the talk was inaudible but as Den walked 4way I did hear him mumble “Mmmm, novel. “

To finish the show, Mick sang a charged `Hate and War’ and then Strummer led them all into their embryonic arrangement of Desmond Dekker’s `Israelites’ with Den on bass vocals and crawling around the floor biting Mick’s leg. As a genuine gesture of friendship toward the crowd the band did a couple more songs and the kids got the chance to invade the stage leaving Jones stranded high on the drum riser like a nattily dressed Noah.

The band had gone, the floor manager returned. “The next thing I want to see is you, the stars (i. e. the audience). I what you to give me a big cheer and a bit of applause to camera one. “ They faced the camera. They cheered. They applauded. They were asked to leave quietly. They did.

Pete Silverton


English Civil War
Hate and War

plus a couple of others
off camera

A Riot of Our Own p157

Sounds Review 17 March 79

Tour & Gig Reviews

Derry Date for August
supporting the Undertones

Any further info / reviews appreciated

Mar 8

Alright Now TV

performance for BBC2 (“English Civil War”/”Hate & War”/”The Israelites”)
Mar 31

Beaufort Market

cancelled minutes before due to Police presence
Jun 21 New York FAKE POSTER?
BMC "We think if the Clash played 3 night in New York everyone would have known. Therefore we dont believe these gigs happenned."

In the summer of '79, living in Northern Virginia, I heard rumours of a Clash gig at the Peppermint Lounge, and when I visited the PL in 1983 employees mentioned the bands that played their amongst them The Clash. I seem to recall a college friend who worked at the radio station mentioning that he saw them at the PL.  This was in Blacksburg in 1981-1982.  He was from Northern N.J. and saw many shows in the city. It was the only method of communication back in those days; heresay, rumour and myth.  This was the month after I graduated high school.  Who knows if it was true, but I did hear about it that summer. Ben

I hooked up with some very old friends on Facebook. They worked at the Peppermint Lounge in the late '70s and early 80's. The poster is a fake. The address is wrong as they did not move to that location and there was no show at that time. "There was no Peppermint Lounge on 5th Ave in 1979. The original re-opened November 1980 on 45th St."

Also there were no colour xerox machines in 1979. This was likely a rumour started by the record company to maintain interest in the release of The Clash in the USA in June of 1979. I am sure the label was getting word of the Vanilla Tapes demos for LC and the greatness that was about to come. Ben

June 22 New York cancelled
The June 1979 shows at the Peppermint Lounge in New York never happened.  Tickets were sold for some New York shows that were supposed be in June, but those shows were later cancelled. I nearly got fired from my job for going down to the Ticketron outlet to assist a co-worker get tickets for a bunch of us for these shows because there was a ticket limit. Andrew Baxley baxlap[a]
June 23 New York cancelled
Jul 5

Notre Dame Hall, London

...secret gig
Jul 6

Notre Dame Hall, London

...secret gig
Jul 14

Rainbow, London

...Southall Defence Fund benefit. The other support act was Bongo Danny and the Enchanters.
Aug 4

Turku, Finland

...Ruisrock Festival
The Finnish TV shoved circa 10 seconds-clip of Clash gig in Turku (no sound) It was in a program about history of Ruisrock 25 years.Broadcast was 1995. "Ruisrock 25 vuotta" (Ruisrock 25 years) YLE TV1 Broadcast 06.07.95
Aug 25

Derry Punk Festival, Templemore Sports Complex - Cancelled

Sounds NME?