Friday, 24 July 2009
THE CLASH - "We are not a teeny bop puking group!"
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and it’s been a while since I posted any Clash stuff. So here as the saying goes; I’m gonna kill two birds with one stone, not that I advocate cruelty to animals, it’s just a saying. Anyway today’s offering is 4 tracks of prime time 1981 Clash recorded live and shown on Austrian TV as part of a program about The Clash. I say 4 tracks, but it’s more like 3 and a bit as Clash City Rockers fades in, but you do get Somebody Got Murdered, London’s Calling and Safe European Home in their entirety and some choice words from Joe Strummer. In the great Rock’n’Roll tradition of Johnny Thunders and Sid Vicious, Topper Headon puked up on an airport terminal carpet. The Clash had flown to Vienna to promote their appearance on Ohne Maulkab a state TV show for teenagers. At the press conference arranged for the band, one journalist asked about the puking incident and the resulting response is a classic/bizarre and rather aggressive/defensive rant by Joe. Not the finest words that he ever said, but funny as fuck. Looking at the state of Topper in the photo, I don’t think it was the in-flight food that had made him ill, and Joes response/reaction to the comment suggests that Toppers heroin use was becoming a strain on the band. Hear it all for yerself here! Once again Thanx goes out to the good folk over at The Clash forum for the recording.