The Clash – Hammersmith Palais, London, W6 – 15/12/79

Clash City Rockers / Brand New Cadillac / Safe European Home / Jimmy Jazz / Clampdown / Guns Of Brixton / Train In Vain / Wrong Em Boyo

Koka Kola / White Man In Hammersmith Palais / Stay Free / Bankrobber / Janie Jones / Complete Control / Armageddon Time / Londons Calling

Has taken me near on five months since this site went public to put the guys up…have waited and waited and waited…Could not wait no more, the golden age of The Clash playing on home turf.

The best rock and roll band in the world by far…will await snidey comments with anticipation…Go ahead, knock yourself out!

‘What would Joe Strummer do?’ shirt modelled by my bunny…

  1. Wildebeest
    February 16, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Have to agree with you on that Tony. The Clash was my first live show and out of all the music back then I’d have to say that they are the one that holds up the best. Although the world was a much better place with Joe Strummer in it, I am kind of glad that they didn’t get back together and do a reunion tour. I’m perfectly happy with the memories. -John

  2. Tony Puppy
    Tony Puppy
    February 16, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Hey Wildebeest.

    Pengs found it not me, thank him not me. I agree with your sentiments whole heartedly however and am enjoying it to the full. If pogoing around the room counts as enjoyment, that’s me.

  3. sean
    February 16, 2008 at 12:54 pm


    A certain long lost (unashamed) pixie booter,Herr Will de Beest may share some classic clash memories with me,albeit from later days….
    The band practising down my street and us shouting requests from outside the guitarists house……Joe putting his finger/gun to his head and miming blowing his brains out whenever he saw us….and us saying “fuck off grandad!I told you not to talk to me in public!”……getting jonesy to autograph bootlegs of BAD on our mates tape stall down portobello….confusing him down at delerium nightclub trying to get him to hand out GTMTDI flyers…..
    …..and best of all,Joe offering to play wood green arts center squat if any of needed fines paying after broadwater.
    Proper blokes.Proper band.Proper music.Enda story.

  4. Pavlik
    February 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    never heard of em. 🙂

    Just thought I’d mention that I’m having trouble loading certain pages on kypp today and that first clash link doesnt work for me either.

  5. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    February 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Download works fine…

  6. Nuzz
    February 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    No snidey comments from me. The Clash + Crass +Crisis = the three best bands begining with the letter C. “The name is crass not clash” yeah whatever.

  7. alistairliv
    February 16, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    KYPP promote the Clash
    Its for the revolution, not the cash

  8. sean
    February 16, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    ….”hah!You think its funny? Turning rebellion into websites!”….

    …”all over, people changing their ISPs, along with their broadband connection, if adolf hitler..e mailed today, he’d get listed as spam straightaway…”

    come on KYPPers,…you know what they say….”PUNS NOT DEAD,OH NO!”

  9. alistairliv
    February 16, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    puns on the roof

  10. sean
    February 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    not forgetting…….the puns of brixton!

    or the classic, tommy pun

  11. alistairliv
    February 16, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    White puns on hope

  12. alistairliv
    February 16, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    There’s a commune out in the country
    Where the hippies lived off the land
    They tried to make punk music
    But they just didn’t understand…

    They hadn’t heard the records
    And didn’t like them anyway
    They thought us kids was crass
    Cos we listened to the Clash all day…

    They tried to educate us
    About peace n love n anarchy
    But hate n war n violence
    Was still the currency

    Now we’re all much older
    We prefer a decent tune
    So we play our fave Clash bootlegs
    And dance around the room

    (To Capital Radio)

  13. Sam
    May 3, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Mick Jones is still a cunt.

  14. Carl
    May 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Why is Mick Jones a cunt ???

  15. Stewart
    May 31, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Well, that hair for a start…

  16. Alex
    January 26, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Any chance of uploading these as individual mp3s? Or should I go elsewhere?

  17. Sam
    January 26, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Me and the Baron saw them at the ‘secret’ Notre Dame Hall gig around this time. I must admit I thought they went crap with the London Calling album. I shouted ‘bring back The Clash!’ at the gig and this was mentioned in Sounds by Gary Bushell. I feared change even then.

  18. baron von zubb
    baron von zubb
    January 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Jesus christ I wish I had you here as a memory stick.
    I’ve lived my whole life thinking that the only time that I saw the Clash was at Vici Park. Though i’ve always felt that, it was odd.
    Now I remember it. I remember you shouting that. It was a great punk moment
    as we were about 18 months too late to see the Clash we wanted to, we felt cheated…
    We didnt ever see the Sox Pickles did we?
    I gotta memory of seeing PIL at the Roundhouse.
    And literaly bumping into King John
    on the Kings Road. Him being wired, uttering something snarley and then bounding off like a tartened thumper (of watership down)on speed
    Is any of it accurate?
    I really have forgotton so much from those glorious years.
    Its a bloody shame.
    Good on yer Sam.

  19. Stewart
    January 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I loved The Clash, up to and including the London Calling album, which I thought was their best album by far (different contexts I know…). After that, more or less complete shit and I wasn’t interested. Though I loved their stuff with Mikey Dread and I liked that song about heroin in the ghetto whose title I can’t remember. I saw them play a couple of times, the only gig I really remember was on the ‘White Man…’ tour ‘cos I remember the ticket had that fantastic logo from the single on it. Think I saw them at the Music Machine and the Lyceum, though it might have been the Electric Ballroom, and although I thought they were fab they didn’t move me like some other bands did… Still admire them for all sorts of reasons though. But they sort of… compromised themselves… you know… 🙂

  20. Stewart
    January 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Do a storming version of Armagideon Time though… 🙂

  21. Sam
    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I suppose The Clash I’d have liked to have seen never really existed. They were better as an idea put across by the first album. Just finished Joe Strummer’s biography ‘Redemption Song’. Well worth the read but, as is usually the case with these things, much more interesting to read about his life before he made it. After that it’s all rubbing shoulders with Bobby De Niro and birds and booze. I never realized that CBS had a POLICY (mind you) of ‘leaking’ stories to the press of rifts between the company and the band to save the Clash’s credibility. This was DISCUSSED (mind you) by all concerned when they signed the contract. If you watch the Victoria Park film it was already a bit of a circus with Jimmy Pursey doing a guest spot and Mick with his rock star do. CUNT!

    Don’t remember bumping into JR but I did have a spate of seeing Paul Weller everywhere in 1980. I first spied him whilst sitting on the top deck of the 159 in Oxford Street and he moved majestically through the crowd which parted like the Red Sea. Then, a few weeks later me and Robbo were off to Birmingham to catch the coach at Victoria when who should we see walking towards us but Paul and Bruce. I couldn’t resist saying hello as we walked past and he said ‘Alright mate!’ as if he knew me and stopped to chat for a bit. Bless him.

  22. Stewart
    January 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    PS White Man… is one of the BEST fucking records ever!!!!

  23. Stewart
    January 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Roots, Rock, Rebel! 🙂

  24. Stewart
    January 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    PPS I want a Joe Strummer Bunny too! Where can I get one?!?!

  25. baron von zubb
    baron von zubb
    January 31, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    The Clash.
    Brilliant early punk band. Possibly the best.
    Brilliant reggae and dub stuff.
    There was some great later stuff – Radio Clash / Ghetto Defendant – but basically a rather dull rock band. They became mainstream rebel iconic. And good for them and the world that they did.
    (Certainly not as interesting as ex Pistols. Early PIL & Jah W. Shame the two Johns fell out).
    Now then, where can I get a copy of one the Clash’s best ever track?
    ‘Guns of Brixton’ played only on a piano with J S & Gabbies (I think) little girl singing.

    I dunno what its called so have never been able to find it.
    Shri ram ram

  26. baron von zubb
    baron von zubb
    January 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Nice ditty Al

  27. DavidM
    April 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Anyone else catch Strummer and his Latino Rockabilly War on Class War’s Rock Against The Rich tour ’88? Caught the man at the Aberdeen show with The Pink Death plus one other band whose name escapes me right now. Said show was arranged by a then friend of mine, Pavlov’s Dogs man Peter Weller.
    … and for those folks who love Guns Of Brixton, then you gotta check out London’s finest Inner Terrestrials kicking it. Check it: Released through Mortarhate.

  28. Nick Hydra
    Nick Hydra
    April 30, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I will now upset everyone and say that ‘Pressure Drop’ is my favourite Clash record. Every time I play it I have to take it off just after the drop out, so I can play the drop out again.

  29. Sam
    April 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    “You can bash us, you can bwoose us…”

    What funny speech impediments they all had. Joe used to crack me up, best example being; “A nu-kyer EWWUH!” off London Calling.

  30. Matt
    May 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    The Clash were definitely immaculate through London Calling, unlike several of you have said above. No it wasn’t the faster, poor quality debut record, but it was still highly political, sociatal, smart, creative, and just kicked ass.
    There’s no band like The Clash, and there will never be any like em.

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