Supported by N-E-1
The Clash go Back to Basics

updated 2 Feb 2008 - added new master recording
updated 14 July 2008 - added ticket

cdr - good sound - Sound 3 - 80min - unknown gen? - 24 tracks
misses Clash City Rockers, Koka Kola, Garageland

cdr - MASTER - Sound 4 - 99mins - master - 27 tracks


New master

Running some 19 minutes longer with more talk and three extra tracks the sound is slightly better, a bit fuller.

Old recording

Quite a good sound on this recording, some distance and only the very lightest of overamplification on the bass detract.

on february 1st, 1984 i played in the opening band for the clash at the fox theatre in san diego .. it was a great experience spending a considerable amount of time with joe and the band backstage after the show, at joe's request ..

we were called N-E-1 ..  a very eighties name .. Joe told me we should change our name to the Cadillacs or the Eldorados or something Spanish sounding 'cause we were so close to the mexican border in San Diego ..  Interesting that he later had the name Mescaleros ..

many picture takers / photographers were snapping away backstage, including some end of the night shots with our band and the clash ..

unfortunately, none of our people were taking any of the pictures .. 

do you have any suggestions for me as to who might have some photos from that gig ?

we were called N-E-1 ..  a very eighties name .. Joe told me we should change our name to the Cadillacs or the Eldorados or something Spanish sounding 'cause we were so close to the mexican border in San Diego ..  Interesting that he later had the name Mescaleros ..

thanks .. rob <405@cox.net>


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Intro Joe
London Calling
Career Opportunities
Safe European Home
Guns of Brixton
Sex Mad War
We Are the Clash
Rock the Casbah
Rock the Casbah again
Armagideon Time
Death or Glory
The Dictator
Magnificent 7
Three Card Trick
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Police and Thieves
Janie Jones
I’m So Bored with the USA
Police on My Back
Clampdown
White Riot
Thank You Chief (Ammunition)
Joe Talking - Crowd Crush
Tommy Gun
Brand New Cadilac
I Fought the Law
Clash City Rockers
Koka Kola
Garageland
This is Radio Clash

Any further info / reviews appreciated

Jan. 19, Arlington Center review
& Tour Interview

USA Press release February

USA Press release April

Los Angeles Times, January 22, 1984
Written by Robert Hilburn
text only or 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Pulse Magazine

The Clash: Up The Hill Backwards
Charles Shaar Murray,
NME, 29 May 1982

The Clash: They Want To Spoil The Party So They'll Stay
Bill Holdship, Creem, October 1984
CREEM CONTRIBUTOR Mark Norton and I were talking several days before the Clash "invaded" Detroit, and we began discussing the concept of "armchair activism" and how the Clash probably fit into that category.

NME 10 Sept 83
Mick Jones sacked from Clash

Vince White's view

The Last Crusade
©2005 Chris Knowles

1984 Photos Unknown


Joe Strummer, Vince White, Nick Sheppard, Paul Simonon, Pete Howard
OUT OF CONTROL TOUR ‘84 ...with Mick Jones departed, a new five-man Clash hits the road to stir up interest and hone their chops: Joe Strummer (vocals/guitar), Vince White (guitar/vocals), Nick Sheppard (guitar/vocals), Paul Simonon (bass/vocals), and Pete Howard (drums)... Dates maybe a little mixed.

Jan 19 Arlington Center for the Performing Arts, Santa Barbara CA, USA
There is a 15 minute video back stage interview with Paul and Joe. Vince White describes this gig extensively in his Clash biog, The Last Days of the Clash, page 64
Jan 21

Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA, USA

Vince White describes this gig extensively in his Clash biog, The Last Days of the Clash, page 75
Jan 22 Stockton, San Joaquin County
The Last Days of the Clash, page 78
Jan 24

Long Beach Arena, Long Beach CA, USA

Vince White describes this gig extensively in his Clash biog, The Last Days of the Clash, page 78
Jan 27

Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA, USA

The Last Days of the Clash, page 82
Jan 28 Warnors Theatre, Fresno, CA, USA
The Last Days of the Clash, page 82

I saw them in Fresno of all places. The opening band, which I thought was pretty good, was getting boo'd and the audience was throwing things at them. Two songs into their set, Joe Strummer barges out from backstage, the band stops playing, and Strummer yells at the crowd "Shut the fuck up. These guys are going to be great some day and you are going to regret it." He marched back behnd the curtains, the band fired up again and everyone got into the music. The opening band was Los Lobos.

Jan 29 Santa Cruz, CA

Ticket I happened to be at that concert. It was on Jan 29, 1984 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. I believe Los Lobos opened. My sister and I sneaked around back after the show and were able to say hello to Joe Strummer. Lori

Jan ? Santa Barbara CA, USA

THE QUAKE MAGAZINE FEB 1984
Joe Interview Santa Barbara
Cover... Page16... Page17...
Second gig here; The Last Days of the Clash, page 82

Feb 1

San Diego, Fox Theatre, California