Sunday, 15 September 2013

When the two cultures clash.

I’m probably being a miserable old man.

Alright I am a miserable old man but back in the nineteen seventies’s The Clash were an amazing PUNK band.

Amazing as a live act, amazing for their ‘in your face’ left wing politics of rebellion. It was a time to take a stand.

In case you ever wondered why their early albums are a bit tame – it’s because albums were an expensive investment for us at the time. Singles were cheap and no one had any money.

So, THE CLASH brought out much of their best stuff on singles. Other bands would re issue their singles on their albums, forcing fans to buy the same things twice. Not THE CLASH.

It was all about ideals and sticking it to the man not ripping people off.

Yesterday I was in a proper record shop – not second hand, looking over the counter like a small boy at the new Big Box Set that’s just come out – everything THE CLASH ever did, all nicely remixed and repackaged with a book, a DVD and a live performance, I’ll bet.

A hundred pounds!

Joe Strummer would not like it.

Janie Jones wouldn’t like it.

I don’t like it.


Oh no you think it’s funny,

Turning rebellion into money.


The White man in the Hammersmith Palais.

By the way, three years of recession stopped the wrecking ball for a while, but now the developers have finally demolished the Hammersmith Palais.


Yeah, well this punk is feeling a bit of a Blobfish at the moment.

Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)

Does anyone listen to ‘Janie Jones’ and ‘Garage land’ any more ?– you cannot imagine what it was like when that came out.

This may force me to do something a bit naughty but its what Joe would have wanted me to do.

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