Striking Miners Benefit Show

updated 2 Sept 2016 with better audio information
Last update - 7 July 2008 - Audio upgraded to 2nd gen - much better

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Audio 1
Sound 3.5 - 1hr 17mins - low - 23 tracks

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Audio 2 - different source?
Sound 3 - 1hr 16mins - gen? - 23 tracks
Duller

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Audio 3 - best?
Sound 3.5 - 1hr 17mins - 2gen - 23 tracks
A cleaner clear upgrade to 2nd gen.

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Audio 4 - One More Time LP
Sound 3.5 - 43mins - LP? - 12 tracks

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Old Tape
The first night of two successive which aimed at raising money for the miners national strike aimed at toppling the fascist right wing British Government led by 'The Leader' Margaret Thatcher.

The sound on the LP is fractionally better, though the vinyl has some slight surface noise. The vocals are also a touch low in the mix and the sound toward the thin end. The drums, vocals and lead are clear but the bass is virtually lost in the sound.

The LP includes sequentially the first 12 tracks and presumedly it was going to be a double at first?

The sound on the full recording is very good as well.

New Cut the Crap songs are beginning to appear to add to the already Are Your Ready for War, Three Card Trick, The Dictator, Ammunition and We are the Clash from earlier in the year

Added now to the set is the new North and South, Dirty Punk and rare Fingerpoppin, the only known live version and completely different to the studio version. Gone are In the Pouring Rain, Glue Zombie and Sex Mad War.

There is a great version of One More Time at the beginning.

Chris Knowles - The Essential Clash Bootleg Bible includes this gig

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Above Brixton Academy: (Kasabian)

Below: not The Clash in concert

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One More Time
London's Burning
Complete Control
This Is Radio Clash
Spanish Bombs
Rock the Casbah
North and South
Are You Ready for War?
Fingerpoppin
What's My Name
The Dictator
Capital Radio
Broadway
Tommy Gun
We Are the Clash
Career Opportunities
Bankrobber
Three Card Trick
Garageland
Dirty Punk
Ammunition
This Is England
White Riot

One More Time LP

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One More Time
London Burning
Complete Control
This is Radio Clash
Spanish Bombs
Rock the Casbah
North and South
Are You ready for War
Fingerpoppin
Whats My Name
The Dictator
Capital Radio

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

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Phoney Clash Mania
NME - 29 December 1984

A sad night. For all Joe Strummers renewed vigour and smiley culture's...

Il rock delle minier
L'Unita Brixton - 29 December 1984

Check out Vince White's Clash biog, 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

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The Clash - Toronto Bus Interview April 1984

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.

Joe Strummer Interview Ltd Edition picture disk

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