Just the perfect Sunday morning then and a holiday tomorrow to boot, staying in bed seemed the most likely solution but I think I’m going to take my tired and creaking bones out for a bike ride. Inspired to try and increase my bicycling from a mild 20-30 miles per week to something more valuable this summer by a Clash fan in Toronto this week. You know who you are, yes…you’ve accidentally visited the bike blog.
Actually no that’s not true but I do need to work on fitness this year as I nervously approach my 45th orbit of the sun. Typing all day and working on websites is enjoyable but doesn’t do much for the circulation. If I still lived off Baker Street (ahhh…for my teenage days) I’d take my bike west a mile or so and pedal today’s version of Westway Traffic. For newer readers it is the fairly episodic method where we travel the web for links to shorter Clash related tales that don’t really need a full post. Quick and daft/interesting Clash appetisers for the most part, so off we go:
One of the strangest concert reviews ever (Clash MK II 1984): If you ever wondered what an article about a Clash concert might look like if it was written by your grandparents or perhaps a fish then you don’t need to look any further. This look back at a 1984 gig on the Dartmouth(University).com makes you wonder, scratch your head and then wonder a bit more. I include it simply because the tone of the piece is so bewildering that you almost expect the phrase ‘young beat combo’ to appear at any moment.
Michael Eavis backs Strummer of Love:Glastonbury wasn’t always part of the fabric of the English music scene and if it wasn’t for Michael Eavis it wouldn’t even exist. Thus it’s no surprise to learn that Eavis befriended Joe Strummer in Joe’s later years considering there were few greater admirers of the west country mud fest. A cool article then from Altsounds.com includes the dairy farmer’s thoughts about the forthcoming Strummer of Love event nearby. Hard to believe that Eavis is now 76, I hope that a plan has been made to safeguard the continuity of Glastonbury after he is gone.
BBC Piece on The Ulster Hall, Belfast: A really good article worth a look celebrates the history of Belfast’s landmark Ulster Hall. In Clash terms the venue was famous for being the site of perhaps the most famous concert that The Clash were ever unable to perform being the venue of the cancelled Belfast gig of October 1977. They did managed to return in December but October’s visit resulted in chaos but also these exceptional photos.
Another piece on ‘The Rise and Fall of The Clash: I really liked this piece in RockNYC by Helen Bach about the forthcoming screening of the new film at the CBGB Festival. I really relate to what she says and how even going to see it is something she’ll be struggling with, to wit “its too painful almost like family vacation films when members of your family have passed away”.
The Clash at The Palladium 21/9/79: Finishing with some audio is the best way to wrap up today’s post. This soundboard recording from the New York Palladium gig on Sep 21, 1979 is worth more than the time it takes to click the link above, it was broadcast on the radio (that night?). Lots of Joe banter and a decent mix to boot. Cheers to CaptainsDead.com for the upload. CBS/Sony should have released this in preference to that baseball stadium thing.
Back soon, enjoy your weekend and if you have a 3 day one even better. Tim