With Graham Parker & The Rumour & Steel Pulse
updated 5 Jan 2010 - added punters comments
updated 4 Aug 2014 - added link to extenisve photos
updated Dec 2014 - added link to Joe interview
cdr from unknown source sound 2 58min 15 tracks
cdr2 - allegedly a great sound recording of this exists
wish people would share these things, not going to make them a millionaire!
The Finnish TV shoved circa 39 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
A break from the London Calling sessions for a manger-less and broke Clash to earn some much needed cash, that Bernie and the lawyers could not get their hands on. They were paid £7,500 in cash to play at this annual Festival, (still going today) funded by the Finnish government under a youth arts programme.
Johnny Green begins his book with an amusing account of the Festival and how an electric shock threw him across the stage after which he screamed expletives in front of a startled crowd, thinking it was part of the act.
The Festival is held in beautiful, lakeside location, the band playing outside in sunshine, an almost unknown situation for The Clash at that point. Certainly unique was the fact they used Abbas PA and equipment.
Here's a interview with Joe Strummer during The Clash visit to Ruisrock.
The band were in holiday mood, fuelled by Finnish vodka and put on a good show according to Johnny Green, although this recording is so poor its hard to tell. Its a very flat recording with little top end being copied too many times.
A low generation source probably would reveal a good recording although it is marred by audience talk and clapping, particularly on the encores when it sounds like a singalongaClash karaoke session with only Joes vocals heard above the din! An upgrade would be nice.
The vocals can be made out and the lead can be heard just with the drone of the bass and the percussion just about. The sound does improve a touch after an edit before Police and Thieves.
The audience are enthusiastic throughout, despite the distance between band and the dividing fence and are still calling for a second encore minutes after they leave the stage.
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.
Chapter 1 (Ruisrock'79 crowd footage + Pelle Miljoona interview (finnish) "Pelle Miljoona 1980" played before The Clash
Chapter 2 "The Clash footage Ruisrock'79
Chapter 3 Interview of "The Jam"-manager
Chapter 4 footage of Ruisrock during years)
The main highlight is the only ever live outing for Four Horseman, which Joe introduces with Ok the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse are quite tired and need a little drink.. The song has a different ending than the recorded version.
London Calling is also of interest as its a song in development still; musically its nearing the finished article with Micks guitar solo now in place since Notre Dame but lyrically there are still a number of differences, with we should be grateful
the midnight shutdown decipherable. Joe intros it with hope youve got your pens and notebooks ready, make sure you get all the wonderful lyrics!, this song is now gonna be called Londons Burning
Janie Jones is edited midway, restarting with the crowd shouting for an encore, so probably loses Garageland and maybe Londons Burning.
I was there and I'm quite sure that The Clash also played "London's burning" because I still remember Joe's quick introduction between songs" That was London burning, now this one's called London calling" and all the awe of hearing an instant classic there and then for the first time! kalevi.pollari[a]yle.fi