Rare Clash footage surfaces, still the only band that matters

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      Here’s never-before-seen footage of the Clash performing “Safe European Home” at Detroit's Motor City Roller Rink in 1980, posted on YouTube this morning courtesy of PeaceJam's "One Billion Acts of Peace" Campaign.

      Ivan Suvanjieff shot the clip on super 8 film (arguably the only gauge that matters). Suvanjieff used to be known as Mark J. Norton back when he was an associate editor at Creem magazine, and he promises to release more footage if that YouTube counter spins past 100K.

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      Peace, but not quiet!



      Steve Newton

      Feb 6, 2014 at 12:16pm

      when I saw the "only band that matters" part I was madly looking around for the Thin Lizzy story. Where'd it get to?

      James Blatchford

      Feb 6, 2014 at 12:42pm

      What can you say? Fantastic footage of the mighty, mighty Clash in full throttle. This song, by the way, was the opening song at the PNE Forum show during this same tour. Joe and company blew the place flat and knocked the dinkish D.O.A. fans on their collective asses...it was an awesome sight to behold!

      James Blatchford

      Feb 6, 2014 at 1:17pm

      Newt, Newt, Newt! Never tempt thunderbolts...even Phil Lynott knew that.

      Yummy Devil

      Feb 6, 2014 at 1:42pm

      The only band that mutters.

      James Blatchford

      Feb 6, 2014 at 2:56pm

      Mutters?!...No, that would be Motörhead, mate.

      A. MacInnis

      Feb 6, 2014 at 10:55pm

      Privileged to have seen Joe four times in my life - once on the Cut the Crap tour, once with the Pogues, and twice in Tokyo with the Mescaleros! (Great clip, btw).

      James Blatchford

      Feb 7, 2014 at 6:45am

      A. MacInnis, thanks for reminding me that I'm still kicking myself for missing the Pogue's tour with Joe -- what was I thinking?!

      A. MacInnis

      Feb 7, 2014 at 12:06pm

      It was a pretty special show, though the highlight for me was when some cute girl riding someone's shoulders flashed her tits at the stage, and Shane responded with raised eyebrows. (He also shared a whiskey bottle with the audience, as I recall!).


      Feb 7, 2014 at 6:58pm

      SO AWESOME!! Altho it was so shaky I began to get a bit nauseous lol!!

      South Slope

      Feb 13, 2014 at 3:12pm

      The Clash at Kerrisdale Arena with Bang Bang - featuring the late great Jim Bescott - was a smoking show. So was the Pogues show at the Commodore with Joe on vocals - when they played London Calling - it blew the crowd away at an already great show. The Cut the Crap show at the Coliseum - not so much. Sadly missing Mick Jones, Topper - it was like a Clash tribute show - no wonder that disc isn't in the new Clash box set.