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Wednesday, 16 May 2007

THE CLASH - BBC In Concert @ Leicester De Montfort Hall 1977

30 years ago this month, The Clash left London for a trip round a bleak unemployment ridden Britain on the White Riot tour. Their debut LP had been released a month earlier. This was the tour that rammed the 'punk explosion' into the face of the nation. By all accounts it was an orgy of incendiary rock'n'roll, the tour bus was raided on numerous occasions and the band gave their hearts, souls, flesh and blood on every stage in every town they played. The halls were filled with disaffected kids, who'd been given no future but now had found something to believe in, some positivity in a nation of negativity. At the Rainbow Theatre, London, the seats were ripped up the tabloid headlines screamed PUNK WRECK . This recording is from Leicester and was broadcast by the BBC as part of their In Concert series it is the best sound quality of the early Clash playing the songs from their debut album it captures the energy and excitement and fun of the moment. When Mick Jones sings "what a Norman" instead of "what a liar" at the end of Deny, he's referring to their tour bus driver who was called Norman, bet he's got a few tales to tell. Wanna have a riot of yer own? well, it's just a click away: http://www.sendspace.com/file/tno3vn


Nazz Nomad said...

great stuff-
i posted some clash live stuff this week too:


A Dashing Blade said...

Nice one, would like to have said I was there but didn't catch them till '82!

paul said...

I was at this gig, and boy they f**kin' rocked that night, nice post
Thank You

abramson said...

Leicester or Cardif? Was it really broadcat by the beeb? I can't remember that, still never mind a good quality live from that period is always welcome.

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Glad yer all liked this. I've got a few more I'm gonna post throughout the year, we've had 1976 and 1977, so 78's gonna be next, trying to use best sound quality ones. This one is definetly from Leicester, Joe namechecks the city in some of intro's, also the Norman backing vocals were referenced as being done at Leciester gig in Pat Gilberts Passion is a Fashion book. I think the confussion comes about from this being released as a bootleg l.p strangley called Cardiff 77. As far as I know it was broadcast by the BBC, but I maybe wrong.

zenpunk said...

any chance you could re upload this?links kapput

yadhav said...

I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

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