Derek’s tape rolled just after the band had begun Police and Thieves (presumably the first song of the first encore) Mick’s solo is refreshingly clear and up in the mix on this recording but although a fine performance it is probably the least interesting on the tape. There is no inspiration from Joe mid song, he mumbles and moans to himself but his muse is temporarily absent.
Certainly memorable is an excellent sounding and very strong performance of the rarely played Street Parade featuring some great guitar interplay from Mick and Joe and an impressive instrumental improvisation. A shorter arrangement than the first repeated final chorus versions back in May.
“Alright then eh, Michael” and after a pause Mick says “This is for all my friends” and the band kick into an excellent Stay Free with some great lead guitar; Mick’s interest in playing guitar had been minimal at some nights at the Lyceum but on this recording his playing is inspired and thrilling (even taking Joe aback on the later Brand New Cadillac).
After a dodgy start, which allows for an instrumental first verse, Washington Bullets is another highlight . The playing is inspired and tight as hell. Mick improvises a lead break and Mick & Joe share committed vocals.
Changing the encores around on this last night Joe shouts “Which round for me, which round?!” and the band slam into an excellent Wrong Em Boyo. With barely a pause a slashed chord from Joe provides the instruction and the band crash into a pumped up Safe European Home, no exceptional extended ending or rant but still very enjoyable.
The band leave the stage and the recording captures the atmosphere in the Lyceum as the audience cheer, chant, stamp and clap for more. They are soon rewarded with Joe alone singing “Lay around don’t stay around..” and then Topper and Paul comes in. Mick adds his now customary ear drum bursting scream on a very fine (and excellent sounding) Armagideon Time. Mick picks out strong guitar lines behind Joe’s fine vocals and Topper’s excellent drumming ties it all together. Joe cries/hollers and over the ending repeats “rats, rats, twice as big as cats”.
“Like to introduce to you now, if you don’t mind, to Futura 2000 who’s all the way from Alphabet City” The last time Futura would rap his Graffiti Rap with the Clash, and one of the best sounding recordings to check it out. The band are having fun with Mick adding his effects and the band improvise over the ending.
The opening chords of Should I Stay then ring out around the Lyceum; and its another fresh sounding, tight and energetic performance again featuring some great lead guitar from Mick. Next its into the highlight of the night an exceptional Brand New Cadillac where Mick’s inspired playing seems to take Joe aback not singing on the first thrilling run through, letting the music do the talking as the band rip it up. Mick’s playing here is a delight the band unusually playing fast and loose with the arrangement and Joe adlibs a jokey “25p you’re a miser, baby baby won’t you give me more than 5p! I’ll take 10p!…” Remarkable!
Topper’s drum intro heralds a teased out intro to Janie Jones, the band pumped up and on a roll. Derek turned over his tape quickly enough to catch Topper’s drum roll and then Mick’s paint blistering intro to a remarkable Complete Control. A terrific finale with Mick’s playing a delight, the band on fire and extending the song, not seeming to want to end the show! Joe shouts “This is joe public speaking, controlled in the body, controlled in the mind” but not so surely for the audience in the Lyceum at this point and no doubt for some considerable time thereafter!
Sadly there’s no third encore, the PA soon plays “Come on baby let the good times roll” but a terrific and fitting finale to the Lyceum residency and Topper’s last British show. Essential.