The Only Band That Matters-The ClashPosted: January 15, 2011
The Clash, my one true love the one I never cheat on,the Sex Pistols changed everything for me, but The Clash are my true love from the punk era.
It all Started for me with the release of their first album
I must confess I never liked white riot! but this album blew me away with its tales of london and the westway not one bad track on it (not even white riot in the album context) for me even remote control I like,the song the clash discarded after CBS released it as a single!
With The Clash you could go see them play live whereas with the Pistols it was a struggle! They toured a lot and played in leeds a couple of times and i had discorved hitchhiking too by then!
The energy of the clash is legendary as a live experience they were just something else and there was a network of fans who loved them and followed them round the country.
But at the time with the subsequent albums give em enough rope,london calling,Sandinista and know your rights they were continually slagged off in the music press,in fact it still surprises me how legendary they have become!
I managed to see the clash several times and even managed to get on the guest list at 2 gigs courtesy of humping the gear for my mates band violation who eventually morphed into the cult! (she sells sanctuary).Mick Jones wore my hat on stage whilst Mikey Dread was toasting to Armageddon time,Mikey Dread was a great bloke who seemed a bit bemused by all these strange-looking kids with spiky hair
jumps a bit but if you have not heard Mikey check him out!
Meeting your heroes is never to be recommended even if your sharing Pernod with them backstage,rock stars eh! But being lucky enough to meet Mick Jones and joe strummer (RIP) after then several times in fact two more grounded and lovely legends you could not wish to meet!
signed for me by the band in Bradford
And so The Clash finished most Messily but it is ever thus with the best bands I feel,Cut the crap is a terrible last album (thanks Bernie!) but the true legacy of the clash lives on, if you were too young to catch them watch Rude Boy it’s as close as it gets and don’t forget westway to the world.
Mick went on to Big Audio Dynamite who i loved but that’s another story. Joe Sadly died in 2002 I still miss his influence now, he was touring again and loving it, I though am glad they never reformed and turned rebellion into money! Saying that when I was chatting to mick in Newcastle a few years ago he showed me his suit label ……. Burtons it was!
Here we are, on TV, what does it mean to me? What does mean to you?