THE CLASH - PALLADIUM, NY 1979

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THE CLASH
The Guns Of Brixton [Great Dane Records GDR CD 9001, 1CD]

Live at The Palladium, New York, NY; September 21, 1979. Good to fairly/very good FM broadcast.

It’s been 35 years… and, in the immortal words of Green On Red, “Time ain’t nothing/When you’re young at heart.”

London Calling’s front cover features a photograph of bassist Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Precision Bass (on display at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of May 2009) against the stage at The Palladium in New York City on September 21, 1979 during the Clash Take the Fifth US tour. Pennie Smith, who photographed the band for the album, originally did not want the photograph to be used. She thought that it was too out of focus, but Strummer and graphic designer Ray Lowry thought it would make a good album cover. In 2002, Smith’s photograph was named the best rock and roll photograph of all time by Q magazine, commenting that “it captures the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll moment – total loss of control”. - wikipedia

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Track 01. Safe European Home 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 02. I’m So Bored With The USA 2:42 (4.5MB)
Track 03. Complete Control 4:05 (6.9MB)
Track 04. London Calling 3:40 (6.2MB)
Track 05. (White Man In) Hammersmith Palais 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 06. Koka Kola 1:32 (2.6MB)
Track 07. I Fought The Law 2:29 (4.2MB)
Track 08. Jail Guitar Doors 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 09. The Guns Of Brixton 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track 10. English Civil War 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 11. Clash City Rockers 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 12. Stay Free 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 13. Clampdown 4:08 (6.9MB)
Track 14. Police And Thieves 5:45 (9.7MB)
Track 15. Capital Radio 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 16. Tommy Gun 3:00 (5.1MB)
Track 17. Wrong ‘Em Boyo 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 18. Janie Jones 2:02 (3.4MB)
Track 19. Garageland 3:25 (5.8MB)
Track 20. Armagideon Time 4:33 (7.7MB)
Track 21. Career Opportunities 1:51 (3.1MB)
Track 22. What’s My Name 1:35 (2.7MB)
Track 23. White Riot 2:09 (3.6MB)
78 mins

Lineup:
Mick Jones - guitar, vocals
Joe Strummer - vocal, rhythm guitar
Paul Simonon - bass, vocals
Topper Headon - drums, percussion

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  1. 18 Responses to “THE CLASH - PALLADIUM, NY 1979”

  2. Anyone know who’s playing the keyboards?

    By rick on Sep 23, 2014

  3. Playing keyboards Micky Gallagher of the Blockheads

    By Dave on Sep 23, 2014

  4. For the record I was at the opening night September 20th Palladium show and witnessed Paul’s bass smash THAT night. Album credits were wrong. I can point out many many bits of evidence to prove the 20th date - video, photo, and audio (the “thumps” of the smash can be heard on the bootleg from that night.). I was curious if Darth (or anyone else) was at either show.

    By Dave on Sep 23, 2014

  5. yes i was at both shows. i left during the 2nd show tho cuz i had to run across town to another show that was happening at the same time and i had arranged to meet someone there. i hadnt yet started taking pics tho. i didnt do that til late jan early feb 1980. there were a few exceptions prior to that when i borrowed a camera but only a few times. 99.9% of all my pics were in or after jan 1980. i only wish i could have started taking pics sooner. the stuff i would have gotten would have meant so much more.
    my fave era would have been 1966-80 and it figures my luck i didnt start til the end of that period. the first giant shows i got to shoot were the wall concerts. altho i shot other arena and club gigs before those. 90-95% of my shots were off stage type.
    if u look carefully at the beginning of the film king of comedy theres a scene at the theater on 47th and bway near the backstage door. at that time a show called la cage au folles was playing i think. it was around that time the clash were filmed for the film king of comedy also btw. but if u look carefully at that scene at the backstage door u will see me as one of the ‘fans’ trying to get autographs and shooting pics of jerry lewis and robert deniro as they exit the backstage door and get into a limo.
    not long after this palladium show the clash came back to nyc and played about 16 shows at a place on bway called bonds casino. i got into at least 13 or so of those shows.
    a couple of yrs later they opened for the who at shea stadium. one of my fave shows they ever did. they were surely one of my fave bands. i once met strummer walking thru columbus circle which is on 59th st and 8th ave. i didnt realize it was him from the back but i knew it was one of the clash. i called out to him but used the name mick thinking it was mick jones. he turned around and posed for me. the pics i took came out incredible and before i had the chance to apologize for calling him by the wrong name he leaned into me and whispered that i should write joe strummer on the pics when i get them back. i knew who it was of course but i hadnt seen his face til he had turned around to pose for me. it was just about 2 blocks south of a hotel they were staying at but i dont recall why.

    By darth on Sep 23, 2014

  6. Darth, do you recall seeing the famous bass guitar smash on the 20th? That’s the show I was at and that’s when it happened. The album credits (thus everybody else) say the 21st but that is incorrect. I too saw the next Palladium shows in March ‘80, plus a few of the Sandinista Bonds shows and the Asbury Park Convention Hall gig when some jerk thru a firecracker at Joe. Then came shows at the pier….

    (The other big concert going on in NYC at the same time (9/79) as the Clash shows was “No Nukes” at MSG)

    The following is not my blog but I supplied the author the info he addresses about the incorrect London calling guitar smash photo, and I write the 1 comment to add a bit more info.

    http://stealingalltransmissions.wordpress.com

    By Dave on Sep 23, 2014

  7. dave - as it says at the top here she took the pic on the 21st. and no i dont recall that. i saw them a lot and he did it often. i may have left before that point. as i mentioned i left the show before it was over and it likely happened towards the end of the set. perhaps he did it both nites. if he did it on the 20th i wouldnt even remember it that nite in particular because as i say it seemed like something i saw him do often. not every single time i saw them but several times at least.
    i didnt see them in asbury park tho. u got me on that one. i know i saw them easily 25-28 times in all. i absolutely saw the pier show. i dont recall how many of those.
    the no nukes show was the same day as another important concert that i went to but i dont remember what it was right now. if it was the clash that same nite.. then thats it. i dont recall that it was clash & no nukes on the same nite tho. but then again its 35 yrs ago.
    i didnt take pics at that time and i had to rush down from college to go to these shows. i was going to school about 100 miles upstate at the time.

    By darth on Sep 24, 2014

  8. I was there with my wife (part of the mass on the left hand side of the London Calling Album Cover), third row, just off the aisle. My ears rang for a solid five days! Thanks very much for this.

    By Britinvdon on Sep 24, 2014

  9. We caught this bloody wanker Glenn Frohman goin through our rubbish. Paul was gonna break the bass over the arsehole’s head but they wouldn’t let us put that on the album cover.

    By unknown on Sep 24, 2014

  10. I was there and I have the stub. It was Sept. 20th. There’s no doubt. For non believers I can email a picture of the stub.

    By the blob on Sep 30, 2014

  11. I was in the orchestra. Paul was pissed at somebody that got on the stage if my memory serves me correctly.

    By the blob on Sep 30, 2014

  12. Was there on Sept. 21st, way up front on Mick Jones’ side of the stage. Could easily have seen off to stage left had Paul gone there to bust up his bass. He did not. Best show ever, man!

    By TimmyNow on Sep 30, 2014

  13. Case closed. It was Sept. 20th.

    By the blob on Sep 30, 2014

  14. Mr. Blob & Timmy: thx for supporting my claim about 9/20/79 being the TRUE date of the London Calling Pennie Smith cover photo. Has been a little obsession of mine for 35 yrs! D

    By Dave on Nov 24, 2014

  15. BigO - any chance for an anniversary recording of The Clash at the Palladium NYC March 7, 1980? Thanks in advance!!

    By Dave on Mar 6, 2016

  16. Is there any possibility that the gig was one that started later in the evening, and was past midnight when the gig finished? that could be one way that the photo was taken on the 21st.

    however, if the claim is always that the photo was from the Sept 21st GIG, then that would imply it was from the gig that started in the evening of the 21st… and would mean the historians / photographer have been wrong and that Dave is correct.

    sounds like from all the comments that Dave is correct and it is from the 20th. Good work, guys :)

    By Clash Question on Jul 10, 2016

  17. I was there the night Paul smashed his bass which everyone knows is dated incorrectly on the LP. I have my stub still to prove it. If I’m not mistaken a member of the audience got up on stage or close to Siminon and this was his way of saying too close. Wake up security.

    By David on Jul 16, 2016

  18. There was no Late Show so yes Dave is correct. The photographer is incorrect. As I say I still have my stub.

    By David on Jul 16, 2016

  19. David, I don’t know why Paul broke his bass that night but it’ll be very surprising to me that it’s because of an audience member too close to him. I saw the Clash a few month later - May 30, 1980 - in Nice (France) and the attitude of the band members was the exact opposite. During the last song they played, White Riot, people from the audience jumped on the stage, myself included, and the band told the security not to do anything. The stage was filled with fans dancing and the band was completely stuck to Topper while still playing. That was a fantastic moment and I believe it shows The Clash wasn’t the “don’t get too close to me” type of musicians. They didn’t act like fucking rock stars.

    By Patrick on Jul 16, 2017

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