page updated - started March 2024

No known audio or video

If you know of any recording, please email blackmarketclash

Secret warmup date for US Tour

The top-secret concert in a former porno movie house was designed to give the press and a few die-hard followers a sneak preview of the new Clash album, London Calling, and to serve as a warmup for the upcoming American tour.

Old porno cinema, Notting Hill, London

The British are coming
Review of Clash secret date

The Tampa Tribune Sun May 11 1980

Editor's note: Regarded as one of the finest of the new bands coming from England, The Clash demonstrated an even newer sound in a historic concert at the Notting Hill section of London. The writer, a student at the University of South Florida, attended the concert and has written his impressions of the event.

The Clash combines fury and skill


No longer archaic amateurs who funnelled a stance into a sound, members of The Clash are now musicians.

In a great critical backlash. the same papers that paraded The Clash to the top of English pop and exalted them as the only band that matters now seem shocked at the creative changes in the band.

But The Clash's radical departure froth primitive power chords to horns and keyboards does not signal an end to their conviction. It is, rather, a natural musical progression.

The Clash has souled out. Long live The Clash.

The top-secret concert in a former porno movie house was designed to give the press and a few die-hard followers a sneak preview of the new Clash album, London Calling, and to serve as a warmup for the upcoming American tour. The 300 fans inside were matched outside, as word of the show got out. About 50 persons waited outside during the entire concert, and were rewarded with Clash T-shirts, compliments of the band.

The concert audience was part journalists, part punk and mostly surprised.

Da boyz spontaneously leapt onto the stage from a balcony and went immediately into "Safe European Home," a safe-enough opener. But it was rearranged, with a longer reggae break in the middle. The punk constituency blossomed into a finely integrated pogo-ing mass that sent a rush of hot air across this excited crowed.

Singer Joe Strummer was typically uncomposed as he called out the lyrics. He leaned out over the pogoing punks and, as the song abruptly ended, was left dangling like a man over a cliff.

"Enough of that s---," he cried, and the enthusiasm of the crowd turned silent as keyboardist Micky Gallagher and three horn players appeared on the stage. Silence turned to whispered curiosity and mumbled amazement; The Clash with horns? Give us the Stones with a "mellowtron" or bluegrass with drums. But don't give us The Clash with horns!

Even the punks sat down. The atmosphere was not unlike Dylan's electric set at Newport in 1965. What are they trying to do, the crowd asked. Several punks spit on the brassmen a normal punk occurrence for even favored bands before a single note was played.

The band's first song with the new sidemen was an old ska tune, "Wrong 'Em Boyo." The horn embellishments accentuated the song's false intro, then fit nicely into the reggae backbeat of this didactic little ditty. The horns did not stand out or get in the way. They seemed naturally married to the con-text of 1980s reggae.

The next two songs were pure rockers, sans horns: "Janey Jones" amd "Career Opportunities," splendid old-time Clash shockers, heavy on the lyrics and intensity.

Mick Jones carries the song with some or his best fretwork, slicing a power chord at precise instants. Paul Simonon's bass is no longer a mere backdrop. His confidence has allowed him to contort a simple bass run into a menacing power riff that builds the music to an awesome proportion.

After so much fury, the music then slows down to "Jimmy Jazz," with Strummer trading his guitar for dark sunglasses. The Clash doing a slow song? Sorry folks, but it WORKS. Strummer's grainy moaning helps pull it off, but the horn section really gave this song the atmopshere it was meant to bring. In fact, the break in this song was pure horns.

After a few reggae treats titled "Rudie Won't Fail," "Hateful" and "The Guns of Brixton," the pace quickened to the bludgeoning blitzkrieg bop that made The Clash back-alley heroes.

"Working for the Clampdown" is a fine piece of political rock, as is "Spanish Bombs."

Again it slowed down to showcase Jones' soft-toned vocals on "Lost in the Supermarket," a fine suburban squatting song.

The horns were around for most of the set, doing an admirable job despite being constantly assaulted by flying projectiles launched by the disillusioned punk populace. The horns actually made a smaller dent on the music than they did on the audience. Even "Judas" was screamed out once or twice.

The horns left to a sarcastic wave of applause and The Clash sent everybody home with "Armageddom Time" "London's Burning" and "London Calling." And Strummer returns to his finest emotional pleading:

"The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in/Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin/A nuclear error, but I have no fear/London is drowning and I live by the river."

The encore had most everyone on their feet, although a few remained sit-ting in protest of the horns. It must have been the most unemotive, unresponsive and unenergetic crowd that has ever attended a Clash show. Only the die-hard punks pogoed throughout.

The music press pundits of the crowd seemed unamused by The Clash's blatant disregard for the punk ethos the group had helped to create. The crowd feared something had gone awry. Had The Clash's cultural reactions to high-rise living and dole-queue rock given way to a sound that's clean, professional and musically geared for the American audience they once seemed so bored with? Have The Clash taken themselves seriously?

Like any other young band that makes a niche with its first album, The Clash have to do its growing up in public.

Like McCartney said of The Beatles, The Clash must make its mistakes in public. The addition of the horns was not a mistake. Only a step into the future that improvements in musical techniques surely bring.

The fans hated Dylan when he turned electric. The mods disassociated themselves from The Who when Townshend embraced psychedelia. But neither was a sellout to trendiness. Both were necessary exercises in exploring new frontiers.

The Clash may alienate some bond-age-pants punks, but those who care about musical quality will recognize The Clash's experimentation and realize it is impossible to remain talented amateurs forever. This venture into other musical fields makes the overall sound more listenable which, ultimately, will broaden their audience.

The Clash took a chance by creating something new. It is still a band that cares, that sings about social oppression and difficulties. It has just found a wider musical format in which to pre-sent it.

It is refreshing to see a band that looks into the 1980s instead of sitting on the redundant tired poses of yesterday.

The British are coming
Review of Clash secret date (above)

The Tampa Tribune Sun May 11 1980

Did you go? What do you remember?

Info, articles, reviews, comments or photos welcome.
email blackmarketclash

No known audio or video
If you know of any recording, email blackmarketclash

Known setlist


Safe European Home
Wrong ëEm Boyo
Janie Jones
Career Opportunities
Jimmy Jazz
Rudi Can't Fail
Guns Of Brixton
Working for the Clampdown
Spanish Bombs
Lost in the Supermarket
Armagideon Time
Londons Burning
London Calling

There are several sights that provide setlists but most mirror They are worth checking.

from Setlist FM (cannot be relied on)

from Songkick (cannot be relied on)
... both have lists of people who say they went

& from the newer Concert Database and also Concert Archives

Also useful: Ultimate Music database, All Music, Clash books at DISCOGS

Articles, check 'Rocks Back Pages'

Take the Fifth Tour


A collection of
- Tour previews
- Tour posters
- Interviews
- Features
- Articles
- Tour information

A collection of articles, interviews, reviews, posters, tour dates from the Clash's Take the Fifth US Tour covering the period of the Pearl Harbour Tour.

If you know of any articles or references for this particular gig, anything that is missing, please do let us know.


Video and audio footage from the tour including radio interviews.


A Riot of Our Own
Johnny Green


by Johnny Green (Author), Garry Barker (Author), Ray Lowry (Illustrator)

Return of the Last Gang in Town,
Marcus Gray


Passion is a Fashion,
Pat Gilbert


Redemption Song,
Chris Salewicz


Joe Strummer and the legend of The Clash
Kris Needs


The Clash (official)
by The Clash (Author), Mal Peachey


Other books

Search all of facebook

Search all of Twitter

Search for a local library

Search auction site

Search flickr

Search Instagram

Search the internet

Search The Internet Archive

Image search

Getty Images The Clash here
Need to vary search and year

The Clash Art for Sale - Fine Art America
Collection of Clash images, need to vary search and year

WireImages here

Any further info, articles, reviews, comments or photos welcome.

Submit an article here

We are looking for scans - articles - tickets - posters - flyers - handbills - memorabilia - photos - comments / any information - you might have.

Please like and post on our Facebook page or alternatively email blackmarketclash

You can also follow us on Twitter
We also have a Clash Twitter list
of other notable Clash Twitter accounts here

Blackmarketclash Links
Extensive links page can be found here with links to web, twitter, Facebook, traders etc..

If Music Could Talk
The best Clash messageboard and which also has links to downloads on its megalists
Go here for uploads and downloads. It's not a massive space so its on an as and when basis.

Also go to 101 Guitars for downloads

For the more ambitious, create a DIME account

Contact your local library here and see if they can help.

If you are searching for articles in the USA - DPLA Find the local US library link here

WorldCat? - find your local library Link

British Newspaper Archive - United Kingdom Link

Newspaper ARCHIVE - USA+ Link

Historical Newspapers - USA & beyond Link - international Link

New York Times - USA Link

Gallica - France - Not very helpful Link

Explore the British Library Link

Trove - Australia National Library Link

The Official Clash
Search @theclash & enter search in search box. Place, venue, etc

The Official Clash Group
Search @theclashofficialgroup & enter search in search box. Place, venue, etc

Joe Strummer
And there are two Joe Strummer sites, official and unnoffical here

Clash City Collectors - excellent
Facebook Page - for Clash Collectors to share unusual & interesting items like..Vinyl. Badges, Posters, etc anything by the Clash.
Search Clash City Collectors & enter search in search box. Place, venue, etc

Clash on Parole - excellent
Facebook page - The only page that matters
Search Clash on Parole & enter search in the search box. Place, venue, etc

Clash City Snappers
Anything to do with The Clash. Photos inspired by lyrics, song titles, music, artwork, members, attitude, rhetoric,haunts,locations etc, of the greatest and coolest rock 'n' roll band ever.Tributes to Joe especially wanted. Pictures of graffitti, murals, music collections, memorabilia all welcome. No limit to postings. Don't wait to be invited, just join and upload.
Search Flickr / Clash City Snappers
Search Flickr / 'The Clash'
Search Flickr / 'The Clash' ticket

I saw The Clash at Bonds - excellent
Facebook page - The Clash played a series of 17 concerts at Bond's Casino in New York City in May and June of 1981 in support of their album Sandinista!. Due to their wide publicity, the concerts became an important moment in the history of the Clash.
Search I Saw The Clash at Bonds & enter search in red box. Place, venue, etc

Loving the Clash
Facebook page - The only Clash page that is totally dedicated to the last gang in town. Search Loving The Clash & enter search in the search box. Place, venue, etc
Facebook page - Our very own Facebook page. Search & enter search in red box. Place, venue, etc

Search all of Twitter
Search Enter as below - Twitter All of these words eg Bonds and in this exact phrase, enter 'The Clash'
Images on the offical Clash site. (all images via google).
Images on the offical Clash site. site: