Good morning to you from a sunny but a bit chilly Clash Blog towers. Nothing exciting to report here. Actually that’s a complete fabrication, The Specials are going to be here in March so I think that’s a great time for me to pretend I’m 14 years old again, along with 3,000 others with the exact same plan.
I am the opposite of Arsenal this month, they have cash to burn and won’t spend it whereas I’m broke and would like to. Not on a football player of course but just on myself to you know, thank myself for being so diligent thus far in 2013. I thought I’d have a look on ebay and see what Clash items are under the hammer, share them with you and then live vicariously through you as you enjoy making the purchase and telling me what I’m missing. A laudable idea I’m sure you’ll agree so let’s get started, as always click on the red to visit the item.
Out of print book on The Clash – $0.99: The price is certainly right (at the moment) and you don’t often see this 1981 tome kicking around. Yes it’s only 50 pages and was a risky effort (via the NME) to compile a book on a band who were still writing their own history. I think, but could be wrong that it is simply outtakes from the music weekly but would still be nice to own. Worth looking at the listing for the additional pages shown. Ships from the US / auction ends in 4 days.
2000 Joe Strummer & Mescaleros Japan concert tour street flyer – $9.95: I have a feeling that Joe Strummer post-The Clash memorabilia although newer might begin to grow quickly in popularity. I’m not someone who thinks an old poster or rare bootleg should be fetching hundreds of pounds or dollars though, but I’d be naive to pretend it doesn’t happen. Thus something like this priced sensibly and not going to be seen in everyone else’s home study with a built in Clash shrine is a smart purchase. As for me I have a framed photograph torn from the pages of an Uncut magazine of Joe that sits on my desk, cost no more than the frame and serves me well every single day. No auction, buy it now – ships from Tokyo.
The Clash 1982 concert poster – $275: Here’s a perfect example of what I don’t see the average Clash fan (we’re not average!) being able or willing to afford. It is a nice poster admittedly and advertises the 1982 dates at The Hollywood Palladium supported by The Beat. I also accept that you’re not going to find it at a local flea market or car boot sale any time soon, but at a price that could get you few weeks groceries or new clothes for the family is it really realistic? Auction ends later day, ships from a secret bunker in a volcano.
The Clash – Straight to Hell/Should I Stay 7″ Picture Disc $31: Pure nostalgia here for me as this was the first picture disc I ever purchased. I remember it sitting proudly on my bedroom wall in its plastic sleeve for a good few years which was a great place for it, not least because of the sound quality being abysmal. While I still love owning it the audio sacrifices meant that I gave up on purchasing picture discs very soon afterwards. Buy it now, no auction, ships from Australia (where picture discs are still considered hip…I jest).
The Clash ‘Out of Control’ tour t-shirt $650: I owned one of these too, but I lost it during the ravages of time. I could have been rich if I had known but it was an ugly t-shirt and went the way of so many I used to own I expect. I was counting the other day with the Bloggette and worked out that this is the 20th different place I’ve lived so far in my life, so it’s a wonder I still have anything from the 1980’s. No idea if this price makes sense but that’s up to you to decide. Auction ends in 3 days, ships from Newport Pagnell.
That’s enough of that for now, happy window shopping. I’ll be back tomorrow and thank for reading the blog.