16 Tons Tour
Supported by Mikey Dread and Spizz Energi

updated 18 April 2003
updated 7 July 2008 - support acts added
updated 14 July 2008 - added photos
updated 5 Jan 2010 - added punters comments & flyer

Audio 1

unknown gen. - 2 sound - 2.19mins - 1 track

Keys to Your Heart

Just one track - Keys to Your Heart

Just one track - Keys to Your Heart - better sounding than the Acklam Hall version. A bit thinner but clearer with some of the audience chattering away. It lasts 2:19 though there is a slight edit at the start. It came from a Clash fan in California in early 80’s and is probably 3rd or 4th generation. Somewhere out there must be the whole gig recording?

It’s an enjoyable listen, maybe running a touch too fast but with reasonable range and clarity. 2+ sound rating. Keys was also played the following night but that is a different recording.

Just one track, Keys to Your Heart. Best guess it comes form this gig but cannot be sure!

Back to the Birmingham Top Rank again

Back to the Birmingham Top Rank again, one of The Clash’s least favourite venues, according to the comments in Pennie Smith’s book, (the photos in the dressing room are from this gig) but at least it was their last visit.

This is another typically poor recording from this first leg of the 16 Tons UK Tour but it can boast another rare Keys To Your Heart, completeness and the earliest circulating live Rockers Galore.


[comment] "on these two birmingham dates they were supported by spizz energy the one night and ian dury on the second ,who i seem to remember singing janie jones with the clash"

Clash gig Birmingham Top Rank Suite 5 Feb 1980.

I just found saw site and looked up this gig as it was my first Clash Gig and I remember it as if it was yesterday.

I don't remember Spizz Energy (or Athletico Spizz 80 as they were then called) supporting them, are you sure this is correct?

It was this gig that Ian Drury came on stage and sang Janie Jones, not the following night as you state - unless he also sang then too!

From what I remember Chrissie Hynde was also on stage with them dancing with Mick Jones before the gig started and I was one of the crowd who pulled Mick off the stage. He was passed around by the crowd before being put back on stage minus his shoes, these were thrown back to him later.

I also remember there being a bit of a ruckus and some poor chap having his nose bloodied. Joe made people give way and got him on the stage then looked at the crowd and asked 'why'? I hear they gave him a pass for the next night.

I also remember Mick getting into a 'gobbing match' with the crowd during the gig which he of course lost.

I still have a flyer from this gig and one of the drumsticks that Topper threw into the crowd at the end.

Ian Keyte



Birmingham Top Rank

The Birmingham Ballroom (formerly Birmingham Academy), Dale End, Birmingham. This site started off as the Top Rank. This venue became known for hosting major names through the 1960s and 1970s. Local bands also use to play there.

The Top Rank in Birmingham, also known as The Hummingbird Club in the 1980s, was a prominent music venue that hosted major names in the 1960s and 1970s. It was located in Dale End in the city center. The venue was known for hosting iconic bands such as The Clash, with The Specials supporting them in 1978.

The Specials, a band formed in nearby Coventry, gained wider attention after their performance at the Top Rank. The venue's significance in the music scene of the time is evident from the documented performances and the iconic photos captured by Birmingham photographer Mick Geoghagen.


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Birmingham 6th February 1980 - The Clash returned to the Top Rank Suite in Birmingham. (L-R) Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon. Photo by:Alan Perry Image:clash-BMY3 Edition of:495

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Keys to Your Heart

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16 Tons UK Tour


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

A collection of articles, interviews, reviews, posters, tour dates January, February 1980 covering the period the 16 Tons tour of the UK.


Video and audio footage from the tour including radio interviews.


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


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