‘New’ Clash releases in 2013 and other morsels

Hello again and welcome back to the blog. I know it’s been a while so now (this time for real) we’ll look to get back on track with more regular posts. Today apparently is the day the house gets converted to full xmas mode, two trees even this year from the blogette, I think I’d feel more seasonal if it wasn’t for the sunshine and warm weather.  Not sure I’ll ever get used to that. I know the cold in the UK has been a bit brutal the last few weeks so we’ll try and send you some of what we’re having. Enough of the weather (yes Wayne – that was for you), let’s see what Clash news has been circulating lately.

Now…here is the main reason I’m really annoyed with myself for not finding time to write the last few weeks. I miss circulating information about events that sounded really good and perhaps you then didn’t hear about them and could have otherwise attended. If you happen to be in London you might want to skip the next paragraph rather than share my frustration at not knowing about this earlier.

I did know that Chris Salewicz was going to be giving a special talk about Joe and The Clash in Belfast, what I didn’t realise until just the other night was that he’d be making a number of special appearances in London too. On each night (now past dated sorry) he appeared in a different bookshop and read from his fantastic biography of Joe – ‘Redemption Song – The Ballad of Joe Strummer’. See what happens when I get behind with the news. Anyway, you can see the dates you missed but at least read a few words from Chris Salewicz about Strummer here on the high50.com website. Spoiler alert – the article talks about two new Clash releases coming along in 2013. Sony music have confirmed a new box set is forthcoming and I’d read rumours and denials about that but heard nothing about a live album from 1982, which seems very odd (no Topper). Now it appears that both may finally see the light of day in the new year. It would have been nice to have seen them make it out this year for obvious. More on those stories as soon as I get some more specifics confirmed. Not to be picky, actually to be very picky, I’m not entirely sure I want ‘replica artifacts’ from Sony, particularly when instead the full version of Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg (to give just one example) is still sitting in the vaults.

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Chris Salewicz giving a reading from his Joe Strummer biography (image courtesy pupsy27 http://www.flickriver.com/photos/pupsy27/)

JJ Burnel of The Stranglers never tires of talking about his ongoing (apparently) rivalry with The Clash, after you read this article in the Sydney Morning Herald you’ll see what I mean. I think the best thing we can do is tell him that The Clash had for all intents ended by 1983. The Clash were the better band then and history can’t be rewritten, longevity doesn’t make for better music JJ and I don’t think your non-stop mocking of The Clash convinces anyone that they were as ‘created’ as you make out.  You should talk about your own band a bit more, they do after all have much to offer for many and not yap on forever negatively about your contemporaries from back in the day. I still haven’t worked out why he keeps revisiting it. Any clues?

spotlight strummer feature New Clash releases in 2013 and other morselsA really nicely written piece by Mike Pilewski looking back at the life of Joe Strummer in German magazine Spotlight’s online version. It’s written in English and available as crisp high quality PDF file via this link. Nothing especially new and revealing in this article but really good to see Joe’s anniversary being recognised beyond the usual markets. The Clash had a giant impact in Germany, both in terms of record sales, sold out gigs and influencing bands that followed. Some of the most raucous audiences the band ever faced were arguably in what was then West Germany. Were any on you amongst those audiences?

I wanted to finish by explaining that I’m feeling  a strange mix of cautious and sad about writing here this month. Of course I want to try and explain what I and perhaps some of you are feeling as we approach the tenth anniversary of something that has profoundly affected us in many different ways. I have missed The Clash since they stopped making records and now I’ve found myself missing Joe constantly for almost ten years. He’ll always play a part in our daily life, meaning various things to many people but hopefully still inspiring most to give it a little more effort and try and seek out change and improvements. “Don’t put up with substandard anything” I believe he said. I could ramble on for hours but there will be time for all of us to do that this month. On the whole I think I’ve been inspired by the band to be who I am today, for better or worse. This blog was most definitely started as an extended thank you and a place to I hope bring Clash fans together from all over the world. Sadly I just think the world really lacks Joe Strummer, it isn’t quite the same without him. We’re trying Joe, honestly we are but you’re missed incredibly.


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9 responses to “‘New’ Clash releases in 2013 and other morsels”

  1. Pete Stevens says:

    With reference to JJ Burnel The Stranglers (who I did see a few times) were done before 1983. Last thing I saw them play live was La Folie…The Sex Pistols were a 'boy band' compared to Dave Greenfield and Jet Black. And even The Clash by comparison. Glen Matlock the other great bass player from this era, along with Dee Dee Ramone was standing next to me at the bar a few nights ago and he still looks younger than Greenfield and Black did in 1976 !!! Get over it JJ…..PLEASE !

  2. Cathal Carolan says:

    New Clash releases…now there's an exciting thought

  3. The last paragraph of our blog is the thoughts of us all Tim. Well chosen words and very well written man. The world is an emptier place without Joe, tho he will be looking out for us all. Not so much an angel by my side, more a rock warlord. Gone but not forgotten. Stay free.

  4. Hutsvilleuk says:

    The way I read that reference to a CD release it wont be a live album. It says 'Sony had requested a Greatest Hits record, a compromise was arrived at: a double-CD derived from one of Joe’s set lists for a date at Brixton Academy on the 1982 Casbah Club tour.' That sounds to me like it will be studio versions of the set list which will be a pretty pointless exercise if I'm right. I hope I'm wrong but those shows, while bootlegged at average quality weren't recorded professionally to my knowledge. How Sony could even contemplate another lazy greatest hits I do not know!

    • Tim at The Clash Blo says:

      @Hutsville…well spotted…that could well be the case. If so I see that as even less of an intriguing idea….so many more great gigs were recorded and lay unreleased.

  5. Thanks Stephen…it's tricky to articulate at times…especially this month. I try to put a positive spin on the anniversaries (which seem to be coming at a faster rate -- or is that just me) but this one is going to be very difficult I think.

  6. Pisshead says:

    I didn't learn even one new thing from Sandwich's article…..blah, blah, blah

  7. Pete Stevens says:

    @HutsvilleUK….You're right about the Brixton 'Kasbah Club'dates….I went to two of the three gigs. The final one which I think was on 30th July was that famous night where they opened with 'White Riot' and virtually blew the roof off the place. Back in the day you could go to Camden market at the weekend and the gig from the 30th July was not professionally recorded, but was bootlegged quite well….I have transferred it to 'Audacity' and given it a tweak. On 30th I spent a lot of time hanging around the venue and even met Kosmo and Ed Tudorpole (support band for the night) at the stage door. There were definitely NO professional recording facilities (ie a mobile studio connected to the mixing desk) outside the venue that night as far as I can remember…..I still have Joe's 'Strumguard' in one of my guitar cases though as a souvenir from that night and was centre stage before all these barrier restrictions were brought in. Probably one of the greatest gigs I've ever been too !

  8. Zach says:

    I still would like to hear a soundboard recording of a show from the first American tour in early '79. Surely that's in the vaults somewhere I would think and that is something I would really like to see get an official release. It was an interesting period in my opinion for the band having just released Give em Enough Rope and right before London Calling.. That's something that should see the light of day if Sony has such a thing.

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