Out of Control Tour '84

Joe's father died just before going on stage.

The gig on the 23rd never took place (see face of tickets). The band were scheduled to play Le Palace on the 23rd Feb. but this had to be re-sheduled to March 1st as a national lorry drivers strike blocked the trucks carrying the gear at Calais. Tickets stubs however stiff carry the 23rd date for a price of 80F which would have been about £6 at the time.

updated 16 July 2008 - added 2x French magazine links
updated 2 Sept 2016 with better audio information

Audio 1 -
Sound 3.5 - 1hr 23min - v.low? - 24 tracks

This is England

Audio 2 -
Sound 3 - 1hr 17min - copied a few times - 23 tracks
Misses White Riot at the end, some tape issues.

This is England

Audio 3 -
Sound 3.5 - 1hr 20min - low gen - 23 tracks
Contains an extra few words form Kosmo at the start, no White Riot

This is England

Audio 3 - Live in Paris 84 LP
Sound 3.5 - 42mins - 13 tracks
More distant than the best of the above - Audio 1

This is England

Paris Radio interview Joe Paul Interview
9mins - with Paul & Joe - 9 mins - dated 28th?
(France, Europe anti Thatcher)

Paris Radio interview - Strummer - 37 mins - dated the 1st March

TF1 The Clash - "Jt. 13th" TV Interview (France) '84
Believed to be recorded on the 23rd. Studio interview with band - poor quality.

Link to If Music Could Talk

Both the LP and full recording have a very similar sound. The tape is a touch less thin in sound, but with a fractionally less dynamic sound and a touch less clarity. Both are very good.

The sound on the LP is very clear but a little thin a distant and a touch toward the high end. However it has a very good sound with great clarity. The vocals, drums and lead are all clear and the bass just hangs on. There is no distortion.

It delivers more great versions of the underated Cut the Crap album including Are you Ready for War (best live sounding version?), This is England and Three Card Trick

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"Hello, I'm a french clash' fan and i saw your blackmarketclash web site. fantastic, really very good!

I've got informations for you: there is an "encore" of the concert of the clash in paris on thursday 1 march 1984, i know it, i was there and i recorded it!

Here's the story: they played many songs and stop with "garageland". during maybe 10 minutes the audience ask for an encore... nothing to do! and about 15 or 20 minutes, when 3/4 of the peoples where outside (the concert place was a very big tent, like the americans circus), the clash came back on stage!!! they played 3 or 4 songs including powerfull versions of london's burning, janie jones (twice) and of course White riot!

i'll send you the copy off the ticket and maybe the recording later (i recorded the concert but someone stole at my home the first tape and i'm trying to find the second one containing the "encore" of this concert)"

Thanx a lot for your work. it's great for clash fans, you have made a very good job. i was at Espace Balard March 1 1984. A lot of people waiting for them. Good gig but very noisy. joe said "La lumière sur les gens, la lumière sur les gens..." (Spotlight on people...). Im looking for my friends when they finish and i was suddenly push front of stage because light off and band came once. it was fantastic. A lot of energy. Vince write to me it was one of the best they do. Eric

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Play it Loud

72 brilliant photos here

Below: Ka Mondo

Below: Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Paul Simonon
and Joe Strummer during a TV interview in Paris.
AFP PHOTO (Photo by Philippe WOJAZER / AFP) (
Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP via Getty Images)

Complete set


London Calling
Safe European Home
Are You Ready for War?
Rock the Casbah
The Dictator
The Magnificent Seven
The Guns Of Brixton
Sex Mad War
I’m So Bored with the USA
This Is England
Tommy Gun
Police and Thieves
Three Card Trick
Janie Jones
I Fought the Law
Brand New Cadillac
Complete Control
Armagideon Time
White Man In Ham Palais
Career Opportunities
White Riot

Live in Paris 84 LP


Safe European Home
Are You ready for War
Rock the Casbah
The Dictator
The Guns of Brixton
Sex mad war
Im so bored with the USA
This is England
Tommy Gun
Three Card trick
Janie jones
Armagideon Time
White Man in Hammersmith Palais

There are several sights that provide setlists but most mirror www.blackmarketclash.co.uk. 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

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

Any articles, interviews, reviews, posters, tour dates from The Out of Control '84 tour around the UK and Europe.

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

Rock & Folk (French) Magazine Avril 84
5 pages

Play it loud blog

Best Magazine #188
March 19884

Joe Strummer interview

Chris Knowles
The Essential Clash Bootleg Bible
includes this gig

Vince White The Last Days of the Clash

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
By Mark Andersen, Ralph Heibutzki

Clash City Showdown - Paperback
1 Dec. 2003 - by Chris Knowles

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Joe Strummer Interview Radio Stockholm,
1 January1984

Joe Strummer Interview Ltd Edition picture disk

Interview with Joe Strummer and The Clash in Norway in 1984.

The Clash - Italy 1984 interview
Mister Fantasy - Italian TV - RaiUno
Broadcast 22 March

Joe Strummer of The Clash interviewed backstage pre show Milan Italy 1984. Taken from "Mister Fantasy. This is a very rare item. I had previously uploaded this a few years ago, but there was an audio fault and it always annoyed me, so I deleted the older version and uploaded this new one with the audio sorted. Taken from BASF L-750 Betamax tape archive number #080 digital archive #4018

Clash - 1984 Milan Italy News Show interview

Joe Strummer and The Clash interviewed pre show Milan Italy February 1984. This is a very rare item. I had previously uploaded this a few years ago, but there was an audio fault and it always annoyed me, so I deleted the older version and uploaded this new one with the audio sorted. Taken from BASF L-750 Betamax tape archive number #080 digital archive #4018

The Clash - "Jt. 13th" Interview (France) '84
Made from a second generation VHS-tape.

A longer version (below) is on Youtube but it is inaccesssible from the UK?

Joe Strummer interviewed by Lisa Robinson for WNYC?

This 2-part interview presents polar extremes of Joe Strummer. The first part most likely takes place in late 1983, after Mick Jones left the band but before the new Clash line-up started touring together. The majority of this segment involves Strummer heatedly discussing all the reasons Jones was fired. He then goes on to talk animatedly about the new incarnation of the band and how everyone in America is on drugs.

In the second part of the interview, recorded in the beginning of 1984, Strummer sounds melancholy and exhausted. However, with the departure of Mick Jones from The Clash being old news by this point, Lisa Robinson is able to steer the questioning towards what Strummer makes of performing, success, and his music.

Part 1
00:00 Why Mick was fired: emotional blackmail
01:15 Bitterness
01:56 Success vs. personal problems
02:48 Mick's vision for the band / guitar synth
03:59 Who/what constitutes The Clash
06:10 Making a not-so-great Clash album: Combat Rock
07:05 Glyn Johns saves Combat Rock (as per Joe Strummer)
07:55 Glyn Johns ruins Combat Rock (as per Mick Jones)
08:35 Forcing Mick Jones to sing "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
10:22 An honorable way for a band to go out
11:00 The two new guitarists (Vince White, Nick Sheppard)
11:39 Hoping to be possessed
12:40 A divorced writing partnership with Mick / "Death is a Star"
14:02 Writing with Paul Simonon / road-testing new songs
14:55 Pete Howard on drums
15:07 Recording a new album
15:49 The US Festival
16:46 Everybody in America is on drugs
18:29 [phone]: Mick Jones' response

Part 2
00:00 Other aspirations / graphic artist
00:51 Growing up with a diplomat father
01:57 A feeling of homelessness
02:29 Slagged for being middle-class
02:59 The reaction in Britain to the disbanding of The Clash
03:45 Taking some criticisms to heart
04:25 Not enjoying playing in stadiums
05:45 Crowd behavior / whose fault
07:13 The ideal performing situation
07:49 Pros and cons for The Clash getting bigger
08:30 Avoiding the problems of The Who
09:09 The commercial success of Combat Rock
10:48 [A false start]
11:07 Joe's opinion of The Clash's music
12:11 Musical influences
12:45 The blues boom of the 60's in Britain
15:05 Re-selling R&B to the U.S.

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