Bonds Residency
An appearance on the Tom Snyder Show

last updated 19 Feb 02

Rude Boys (CD)
This Is TV Clash (LP)
Pier Pressure (CD)

June 5th 1981 was a significant date for The Clash. The media coverage of the closing of Bonds and the “riots in Times Square” helped secure The Clash their second network US television appearance on NTV’s Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder. They made the most of the opportunity to play live, performing excellent albeit shortened for TV versions of Magnificent Seven and Radio Clash. The band played Magnificent Seven in front of the huge Clash backdrop that is seen on Don Letts footage draped over the top of the Bonds building. During Radio Clash, Futura 2000 is seen spraying graffiti on the usual Bonds stage backdrop of corrugated grey ‘fence panels’.

As well as delivering musically The Clash turned Tom Snyder’s banal questioning into some effective communication. Joe demonstrates again his interview skills whilst Mick’s efforts fail to cross the UK/US cultural and language divide. When Mick talks of “sticky wickets” Joe jumps in and translates into “dead end situation” Joe turns talk of his squatting background in London into the experience of private landlords and rip-off rents that people in New York and other US cities could relate to.

The complete Clash appearance circulates on Clash On TV Vol.1 in very good quality (apart from some ghosting) from a TV rebroadcast. For many years Clash fans had made do with very poor quality video copies of this important Clash footage.


The Magnificent Seven
This Is Radio Clash

History & Memories

I saw the Clash at Bonds
Popular Facebook group that recounts memories for the Bonds residency. Well worth a read.

NY Times Bonds Opens

Inside 'The Disco' 1.. 2..

FDR leaflet handed out outside
1... 2...

Newspaper & Magazine Articles

Band Arrives a JFK
3 newspaper photos

Private Super8mm film footage of the rucus outside Bonds

30 April New York Post
On the Town
New York Calling The Clash go on sale tomorrow...

2 May - New York Post
10,000 Clash fans queue for tickets for only US appearance
6 mounted police and 12 squad cars to control the crowd

NME - Win a week in New York with The Clash!

Early May - New York Post
Bonds Sold Out - Christgua

Poster 'Extra' Clash Sold Out

Blister Fanzine
Thanks for sending the FULL magazine
A weeks at Bonds (main piece)

NYC Advert for Magnificent 7 & Bonds dates

24 May - New York News
Passport Impasses Crimps Clash's style
5 British Groups left at Heathrow
Clint Roswell

New York Times 24 May
or text

26 May - New York Daily News
Clash Promise 'Something Special'
Clint Roswell

MM review of the 28th

29 May - New York News
For Bonds Disco it was double capacity or nothing. Police and Fire Dept shut down Bonds. Vincent Lee

30 May - New York News?
city and Disco Clash, and Clash cools it
Disco forced to close - extra dates
Larry Sutton

30 May New York Post?
City calls a truce in Clash wars and the band plays on. Building Dept Inspectors have lifted a vacate order...

Music press photos 1... 2...

31 - May New York Times?
or text
Stephen Holden

31 May - New York Times Gig review
The Clash rocks with raw energy
Ira Mayer

New York Times June 3, 1981
Clash Melee Points Up Danger of Overselling
by Robert Palmer

Bondage at Bonds (full text version)
Creem - Sept 81
Clash face unrully mobs - Bondage at Bonds
Michael Barnard
First page only

Under Fire in New York - NME
Clash forced to lplay 16 date season after ticket fiasco - When the Clash landed at Kenney Airport last Tuesday, it was nore than clear that America wanted the band... Mick Farren

How The Clash Fed The Wonderbread Generation, Made The Mountain Come to Mohammed - And Other Miracles
Mick Farren, NME, 20 June 1981
The winner of NME's Flatter The Clash competition checks out the ramifications when an English band's world is at Bonds. KOSMO VINYL shoots both fists heavenward, for all the world like a man who had just scored for West Ham at Wembley. "I got the news on every channel! I got the news on every channel!....

Boston Rock Summer 81 No 19
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Face NO 16 August 1981
1.. 2..

Unknown Clipping (The Face?)

MOJO Clash Special No79
pages 1.. 2.. 3..

Fanzine piece by: J Blocher
can some1 transcribe this it is very poor

Clash Contre Mafia - French Mag
1.. 2.. 3.. 4..
translation required

Anne Toone from The Bloods remembers opening for the Clash

The Clash on Broadway Part 1
Chris Salewicz, Mojo, August 1994

IF THERE WAS ONE PIVOTAL EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE Clash's assault on the USA it was the season of 17 shows they played at Bond's, a tacky former disco on Broadway and Times Square, New York, New York in May and June 1981.

The Clash on Broadway Part 2
Chris Salewicz, Mojo, August 1994

Joe Strummer talks to Chris Salewicz. When was the first time you toured America? I think it was in 1978. We went to finish off Give 'Em Enough Rope in San Francisco. So it would have been to tour that.

Best Magazine [French]
6 page review with photos form Bonds
...page1&2 ...page3&4 ... page5&6

Film footage
Re: Bonds - bazarboy75 wrote:

Here it is a post from the facebook page "I saw the Clash at Bonds"

"New to the group - just found it this morning.
My partner John Hazard and I were fortunate enough to be hired by Don Letts and The Clash to produce and shoot the documentary of Bonds and beyond that is the Clash on Broadway film featured at the end of Westway to the World. What started out as a one week shoot to get six songs live in the can became a year of our lives. The video for This Is Radio Clash was a lift from the 10 minute trailer for the unfinished film that we shot on 16mm and went all the way to a 35mm blowup to show potential distributors. Needless to say - the project was never completed as the band disassembled after Combat Rock. Clash on Broadway is the rough cut we had finished by the time to project was wrapped and went back to the UK."

I thought it was interested to share


The same guy who posted that also wrote this in the comments (bold emphasis mine):

"We shot one complete show with multiple cameras and a 24 track mobile recorder. We also shot most of every show with one camera and in house 8 track recording. The band wore the same gear every night and Topper was such a consistent drummer - and the band well rehearsed - that we were able to build edits from different nights with no trouble at all."

"Sadly - we never shot the opening acts. We started the gig with the intention of doing a six song DVD EP - not a full scale documentary. Shooting expanded as the story expanded and the shows stretched on."

"We were not making a concert movie per se - and my part in the post production ended when the material left the US after doing the Combat Rock video which John shot in Texas."

All of this makes me wonder where all that footage is and why they haven't done a long form concert video or if they will at some point. I mean, a whole show in multi-camera, 24 track?! I can't imagine that kind of thing just inadvertently gets lost.

I'm sure there is way more about this that is known that I am not aware of. I think I've read that lots of footage has been lost but I don't know any details about that.

Concert movies have been constructed from way less (The Doors Hollywood Bowl for one, I expect there are more).

Posters, video, photos

The Clash @ Bonds NYC 1981
joe streno's blog
Photos, comments

Posters and Radio / TV Commentary

Gig poster black & white

Radio interview with Mick/Kosmo backstage after the opening night

Classic Rock Photos

Bonds Photos 1
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Bonds Photos 2
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Clash & Slits at Bonds 1981 photos

{  joe streno } seattle wa

Radio Commentary on ticket fiasco - 20mins

NBC TV on ticket fiasco 3mins video

Bonds 25th Anniversay Page

CBS Live tapes
Quote, "Eventually, via Jeff Jones at Legacy in New York, I contacted Bruce Dickinson who'd worked at CBS in the 1970s and 80s and was a fan of the band. He knew of a company in the States who specialised in archiving live radio tapes. They had two nights of the Clash at Bonds on Broadway and two nights in Boston. on music: “6 Seconds To Watch” by Ennio Morricone, from For A Few Dollars More...Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five are among the opening acts...after the first gig of the original seven-show run, the NYC fire marshall orders the club closed for safety reasons; eventually, the shows are rescheduled to accomodate all ticket-holders...

A strike in Britain had left 5 British bands in the UK and only 3 managed to make it with the Clash. Only the Slits, Funkapolitan and The Equators, who were slated for the matinee shows, made it. Left behind were the remains of Selector, The B-People , The Bell Stars, Aswad and most of all Theatre of Hate whom Mick had produced their debut album.

There were two opening acts each night: one British or Jamaican and one American. Hopefully the correct artists are listed by the correct dates. Support Acts included Grandmaster Flash and the Treacherous Three, The Sirens, The Sugerhill Gang, Funkapolitan, Lee Perry, Texan bard Joe Ely, and a forgotten horn-section-and-skinny-tie band called the Nitecaps. And, plucked fresh off the stage of CBGB's, Miller Miller Miller & Sloane and a KRAUT who had formed 3 weeks earlier with only 3 demo songs and who never played live. Plus bands that showed The Clash’s continuing identification and admiration for punk; The Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, The Fall, The Slits, and The Bloods (not to mention The Brattles!). ESG a womans funk band from New York. The Rockets and the Equators were scheduled for the first matinee show which got cancelled.

Hello, For history's sake, it was Deadline Advertising and Design that designed the attached poster (above) for the Clash. How do I know? My name is John A. Czajkowski and I designed it with the groups manager in our studio on Madison Avenue. I wish I still had the mechanical, but I still have a few of these posters in my art archives.

I remember it being the NY Times magazine cover with Frank Sinatra in front of it. Those were exciting times.

Regards, John

May 28 Bonds Times Square, New York
Support The Sirens and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Thanks to Laura for the following info on the Sirens...

From: "Laura DJ" <>
Date: 22 October 2008

i noticed you have the sirens on the tour date list from 81 as playing with treacherous three, that's not true, I was one of the Sirens, the guitarist, and we played after Grand Master Flash, and before the Clash.

It was my idea to support the Clash. My manager charlie martin who built the sound system at CB's and Bonds was getting directions from the owners/managers who were in jail (studio 54 fame) and i had read an article in the nme or soho news or one of the music papers of the day and joe strummer said in the article they like all girl bands opening up for their shows. So i ran over to charlie showed him the article and suggested he get on the phone and reach out to his contacts and get the clash. The rest is history. He did it and we opened their first show at bonds. Grand Master Flash opened for us!

May 29 Bonds Times Square, New York

May 30

Bonds Times Square, New York

Matinee show cancelled by NYC Building Dept - Riots

May 30

Bonds Times Square, New York

Evening show cancelled by NYC Building Dept

May 31 Bonds Times Square, New York
Jun 1 Bonds Times Square, New York
Jun 2 Bonds Times Square, New York
Bad Brains and the Slits opened
Jun 3 Bonds Times Square, New York
The Treacherous Three
Jun 4 Bonds Times Square, New York
The Bloods opened the show f/b The Bush Tetras.
Jun 5 Bonds Times Square, New York
Four female singers singing accapella and Lee Perry opened
Jun 6a Bonds Times Square, New York
(afternoon) I was at the June 6th matinee show in 1981 in Bond's. The Dead Kennedys did NOT perform then. It was the Hi-School band The Brattles who opened the matinee show, followed by Funkopolitin. The "We love you clash" that is heard mid-show is caused by a mic that fell into the audience. Joe just watched kind of amused while these guys in the first rows yelled into the mic. After a while, the roadies got it back and set it up again.
Jun 6e Bonds Times Square, New York
(evening) The Dead Kennedys?
Jun 8 Bonds Times Square, New York
Jun 9 Bonds Times Square, New York
The Fall were the support act. This is the pro-recorded concert.
Jun 10 Bonds Times Square, New York
Allen Ginsberg makes an appearance
Jun 11 Bonds Times Square, New York
Jun 12 Bonds Times Square, New York
Jun 13a Bonds Times Square, New York
(afternoon) Hi-School band The Brattles opened the matinee show, plus The Rock-cats? who they had a slap bass and played Stray Cats-type music.
Jun 13e Bonds Times Square, New York
(evening) The Dead Kennedys