This is all a bit 2009 – but technology has to be respected – so with the assistance of my more modern (read that as younger) friend Brandon, we’re going to bring you Twitter updates of the Phoenix Joe Strummer event. What to expect; short, sharp live updates from the venue followed by beer consumption and a moment or two of weepy retrospective. It needs to be stressed that this is very impressively the 6th annual event in the normally indifferent to live music desert metropolis. That said there are refugees from old punk days on the West Coast, the Midwest (Keith that’s you – Motor City) and elsewhere. The George and Dragon is also the only mock authentic English pub in this city so there a few candidates for extras from Snatch or Lock Stock who may have previously lived on The Isle of Dogs or Milton Keynes, it’s a bit hard to say as everyone goes all Michael Caine with the accent when speaking to local Americans (I don’t include myself in that analysis).
So it is that The G&D hosts the event (I think for the 3rd year running) and now with the addition of a light rail (overground electric train) station right outside the door let’s hope for a good turnout to honour the passing of Joe Strummer. The stage is set and the beers are flowing so I’ll now make this a tweetfest courtesy of Brandon’s phone – I can barely use a phone to make a call but will bow to his texting skills as the feed goes live. We might even get some photos later!!
Oh yeah – it’s a stretch as a link but the owners of the pub are from that lovely port of Ramsgate in Kent which is but a short drive from Dover, the home of Topper Headon. In traditional pub owner style, think The Krays but with less menace. I’ve always been amazed at just how cockney Northern Kent is – but apparently it’s a long standing issue.
We’ll work out which bands covered which songs later on. So with no delay and much nervousness I’ll be on my way and just set the default to be the Twitter Feed (and witty comments to follow later) – Cheers to living memory of Joe Strummer and everyone who made their way out to the event this evening:
- Finally here… 1st band on… Westway playing on all the tvs
- Lots of tasty geezers here…looks like the New Den (First and probably not final football/hooligan reference)
- Set break… Coma Girl being spun by the DJ
- Johnny Appleseed… Brill
- Settled in outside @ the George… Ready 4 Newcastle in 8+ hours… (Brandon is a Middlesbrough supporter….I can explain)
- Moving 2 Emperian on Cent in 5wks… Coming 2 grips w/ fact that this’ll b my new drinker (Moving to new flat, a short drunk stumble from this venue)
- The prisoner lives in Camden Town selling revolution
- Rebel Waltz… Over-deserved love 4 Sandinista! (A bold effort)
- This Is Radio Clash… Aural ammunition
- TOMMY GUN!!!!!
- Glass Heroes on early….
- Got a button 4 u T!!!
- Glass Heroes blistering!!
More in the morning….we’ll sort out which band played what and summarise a bit more……
Just in case you missed it, try and be near your radio or internet at Midnight Sunday evening in the UK (7pm USA EST / 5pm USA PST….other places/times try this link!)
BBC Six Music (which is generally rather brilliant) will be broadcasting a special show hosted by Don Letts for an hour on Sunday night. The show will feature the always enjoyable insight of Letts plus music revolving around The Clash and Joe Strummer. Its always great to see the BBC working with Letts above and beyond his regular broadcast to honour the memory of Joe, so I look forward to this broadcast a great deal. Don of course knew Joe from 1976/7 and was a long time fan/DJ/observer and visual chronicler of the band both during the days of The Clash but also his continued proximity to the members of the band. Expect great music and observations….can’t wait.
This link should work on the night – and typically these broadcasts get archived also. Just in case BBC Six Music link is here for you. While we’re talking about the BBC Six Music – check out this archived interview with Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious from 1977 – I’m just about to give it a listen, it should be available until Tuesday. Marc Riley is brilliant….
Off topic…can’t these wankers grow up? Republicans are sending this country back to the 1600′s.
It’s like a Stone Roses album at this point isn’t it? The long promised/awaited reissue of Big Audio Dynamite’s debut album as a ‘legacy edition’ (2 discs) has been delayed more than something that gets delayed a lot…..
‘This Is Big Audio Dynamite’ Legacy Edition was originally expected in August/September, then that was changed to February 2010 and now we’re being told to expect this on April 27 of next year. Will it be worth the wait? Well I think so/hope so as to keep our appetites whetted they’ve finally announced the track listing that Don Letts has been working on. The fear was we’d simply get the original album remastered plus endless remixes of the singles so I’m pleased to announce there is more to come. That said it’s still nearly five months off at this time so don’t hold me to what is currently quoted.
Disc one is the original 8 tracks from the album fully remastered. Disc two is what we’re paying for and waiting for as 12 tracks will be included. There’s more unreleased material than anticipated which is great news; 12″ remixes of album tracks ‘Stone Thames’ and ‘Sudden Impact’ an alternate version of ‘BAD’ and ‘Sony’. The biggest news for me is the release finally of the rather excellent ‘Electric Vandal’ which Don Letts played from the vaults for fans on the BBC. The track was originally scheduled to be on the album.
I’d imagine some sort of gatefold packaging and hopefully some extra art will be included and I’d imagine that Sony will see how this fares before committing to other legacy special editions. That’s purely a guess on my part. Full track listing is below (info courtesy slicing up eyeballs), price currently unannounced.
1. “Medicine Show”
4. “The Bottom Line”
5. “A Party”
6. “Sudden Impact”
7. “Stone Thames”
1. “Medicine Show” (12-inch remix)
2. “Sony Dub” (Dub version)*
3. “E=MC²” (12-inch remix)
4. “The Bottom Line” (12-inch remix, edit version)
5. “A Party Dub” (Edited dub version from UK “Medicine Show” 12-inch)
6. “Sudden Impact” (12-inch mix)*
7. “Stone Thames” (12-inch mix)*
8. “BAD” (Vocoder version, outtake)*
9. “Electric Vandal” (Outtake)*
10. “Albert Einstein Meets the Human Beatbox” (B-side of UK “E=MC²” 12-inch promo)
11. “BAD” (U.S. 12-inch remix)
12. “This Is Big Audio Dynamite” (7-inch non-LP B-side)