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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, January 11, 2003
    Strummer as educator - reprise
     
    To complement yesterday's blog, and complete my Strummer tribute, here's some quotes from fans in The Clash: From Here to Eternity - Live which I borrowed from the library today:
      "Still the best gig I ever experienced. The Clash at the Colston Hall, Bristol in the Spring of '77. The 'White Riot' tour featured support from The Slits, Subway Sect and The Buzzcocks but The Clash's energy and synergy blew everyone away with their '1.2.3.4' quickfire bursts of commentary on the socio-political climate of the U.K. in 1977. The crowd climbed over the seats, the bouncers were bemused and The Clash must have played each song in their repertoire at least three times during their frenzied set. We walked out of that hall believing that we could change the world." [Kevin]

      "Sometimes the audience would kick in at the same time as the band and you'd think, Christ, this is amazing!" [Pennie]

      "Hammersmith Palais 17/6/80. I was entering my final year of police college at Hendon. After yet another superb bash I was climbing back over the fence when I was challenged by an eager rookie. I decided to run for it and started off a chain reaction of sirens, klaxons etc. Well, to cut a long story short I am looking at a MET POLICE headed piece of paper which finishes with the words 'and on 18th June 1980 retired voluntarily'. My mother hated The Clash for years!!!" [Anthony]

      "New York Palladioum, Feb '79 - I was floored by the blistering energy of the playing and the wonderful songs, Mick's driving guitar, Joe's passionate delivery, Paul's aura, Topper's incredible drumming and the band's overall tightness. I was a 15 year old girl at the time and part of the NYC punk scene, but none of the U.S. bands came close to affecting me in the way that they did. Here was a band that understood me, who could present ideas and issues that made me think." [Eleanor]

      "The Clash were the most exciting band you could ever see. They made a joke out of modern rock bands. They had a conscience. They never sold out. Respect." [Alan]