You better leave town if you only wanna knock us

25 September 2009 Under: Clash Memories, Clash News

Friday….this is a good thing! Once in a while I stumble over a blog  that I just have to share as a single item and this morning is one such time. Please check the fantastic photos and commentary over at the selvedge yard blog.

clash shadows You better leave town if you only wanna knock usAll too often we downplay our passion and dedication for something – perhaps due to a fear of being let down. The Clash seemed to run the right course for the right reasons. Yes it ended too soon, and yeah some mistakes were made but if you are close to my age and fell in love with the potential of a band and music in general it may well have been due to The Clash. A band that made you go to the library and the record shop. A band that made you know that questioning what was considered safe wasn’t dangerous. A band that made you feel capable of coping with the shit of daily life and fighting for something (anything) that you believed in. One of the quotes I see most often recently is “We need The Clash/Joe more than ever now”. I argue we still have them, so let’s make sure others do too. Nothing lasts forever but music and art can come close.

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  2. Shannon says:

    "A band that made you feel capable of coping with the shit of daily life and fighting for something (anything) that you believed in." That's a beautiful, statement there, Tim. I feel very fortunate to count myself as one of the scads of fans who have been inspired and touched by the Clash in this way. It also amazes me the amount of great people I've met through the years because of being a fan. The ability to bring like-minded people together who otherwise would have never met is hugely powerful, I think.

  3. Joannie Volpe says:

    What a fantastic link! Thanks again Tim! That was a very good overview and nice to see Paul getting some ink. Cool…lean…precision timing…he is the reason I think the bass is the coolest instrument and want to play it just like him. He was always so suave and in unison with his instrument, and still is the last I saw of him with TGTB&TQ. Would be grand to see him grace the stage sometime soon.

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