Welcome back all you good people and here’s to navigating our way to another weekend. It’s such a beautiful day here that I can’t believe I’m at the keyboard doing this so remember these levels of dedication when I’m gone and the blog is no more.
Been a really busy week as you’d expect with the box set mania ramped up to eight or nine and as a result you’re going to probably read and hear more from Clash members in the next few months than you have in the last two years. From a distance I’m fascinated at the prospect of the chaps spending a lot of time together and you can’t help but wonder about the conversations that take place away from the microphones. What is apparent is that spirits are high and the general bonhomie of Mick Jones seems to be a daily norm, we could all learn a bit from that. For me, perhaps most interesting from the interviews was Mick saying words to the effect of – It’s so long ago now I feel pretty detached from it (The Clash) but I’m a fan of it and want the history of the band to be well documented.
Highly recommended is this longish interview with Mick and Paul conducted by (you guessed it) The Guardian’s Michaal Hann where they cover a good range of topics including the exclusion of Cut The Crap from the box set. Mick stating “it’s not The Clash” whereas Paul still says with the right production you would have heard some good songs underneath. In a way you wonder whether what we perhaps heard was Joe Strummer’s first solo album but for the producion of Bernie Rhodes it remains difficult to discern just what it might have sounded like. What’s almost universally acknowledged is that The Clash MK II put on some great live shows (my experience would use the adjective good instead) but the recorded evidence with the exception of This Is England never did them justice. Just thinking aloud, a good number of bands when faced with major changes in personnel have changed their names to some extent or completely; Big Audio Dynamite amongst them. I can’t help but wonder if a similar decision by Strummer and Simonon in 1984 might have changed things to some extent. On the other hand the simple fact that the the name of The Clash was so important at that time may have made it hard to discard.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to the weeks ahead as journalists (hopefully) find new avenues of conversation and the attraction or not of the box set can be further explored. I’ve almost decided that I’ll just get the remastered studio album box set which is attractively priced but as a gift from someone…I can feel it in my water. Ha.
More later this weekend, time to see the sea.