Archive for The Clash

Video Du Jour: Jesse Malin & Bob Weir

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , on August 21, 2012 by 30daysout

Today is Joe Strummer’s birthday – the frontman of The Clash would have been 60 years old today. Strummer died in 2002 of an undiagnosed heart problem.

Here’s New York rocker Jesse Malin, joined by former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, for a version of The Clash’s “Death or Glory.”

Strummerville – The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music

Jesse Malin official web site

Punk Rock Super Bowl

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by 30daysout

I can’t be sure, but I get the idea that the city of Dallas can’t wait to get this Super Bowl – and this weekend – over with.  It may have been one of the worst weeks for the city since, well … you know.  (I’m thinkin’ Super Bowl X, what are you thinkin’ about?)

It’s been rough because of the weather: a brutal blast of blue-balls winter that unfortunately blew in to the Metroplex along with hundreds of Northeastern Sports Media Types.  The disastrous result has been a shit-and-snowstorm of bad press, mostly from smartasses who can’t imagine a place where they don’t know what to do with snow.

Lissen up, you Yankee bitches – go back to New York and take your Super Bowl with you.  Next time you visit drive a snowplow, just so ya’ll can feel at home.  Check back with us when you’re having one of your 90-degree “heat waves,” and we can return the favor with some advice of our own: “Open a f***ing window, Yankee Icehole!”

The game, the thing you are down here for, is going to be played indoors and Aaron Rodgers will rule the carpet.  Green Bay 35, Pittsburgh 21.  Don’t choke on a chicken wing.

Here’s some football music, and some punk rock.  Why?  ‘Cause that’s how we roll down here in Texas.

MP3: “Flyin’ Helmets” by Kyle Turley

MP3: “I Hate Everything” by the Queers

MP3: “Life Of Pain” by Black Flag

MP3: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football” by Hank Williams Jr.

MP3: “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” by the Ramones

MP3: “Lombardi” with John Facenda

MP3: “Scentless Apprentice” by Nirvana

MP3: “I Like This Kind Of Party” by Sam Spence (NFL Films)

MP3: “Punk Rock Is Dead” by Michale Graves

MP3: “A Golden Boy Again (Up She Rises)” by Sam Spence

MP3: “Pain Is Inevitable” by John Facenda

MP3: “Complete Control” (live) by the Clash

MP3: “Be Savage Again” by John Facenda

MP3: “The Autumn Wind” by Sam Spence and John Facenda

MP3: “When The Shit Hits The Fan” by the Circle Jerks

MP3: “Born To Lose” by Sid Vicious

MP3: “My Way” by Sid Vicious

Update: Listen to Lil’ Wayne’s “Green and Yellow” Green Bay Packers fight song

Update: Listen to a bunch of Pittsburgh Steelers fight songs from WTAE, Pittsburgh

Update: Listen to and download “Go Pack Go! 2011” by Garbage

Update: A truly frightening amount of Steelers fight songs to download

Review: “‘Cause I Sez So” – New York Dolls

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2009 by 30daysout


Bursting onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 1973, glam punk rockers, New York Dolls, paved the way for other punk rock acts like the Ramones, The Clash and Blondie. Even Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones credits original member Johnny Thunder for giving him his onstage swagger. After breaking up in the mid 70s, the band re-formed in 2004 with lead singer David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and bassist Arthur Kane. Kane died shortly after the reunion, but Johansen and Sylvain kept going and have just released the band’s second comeback album, ‘Cause I Sez So, and it’s pretty damn good.

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Cool Covers

Posted in Cool Covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2009 by 30daysout


Went to see this movie, The Watchmen, over the weekend.   So did a lot of other people, apparently – it’s the No. 1 movie right now.  This dark, violent superhero tale was pretty entertaining and had some fairly good choices of music on the soundtrack: “All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix, “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel and a hilariously elongated version of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A’ Changin’ ” over the opening credits montage.

But the most ear-catching tune is the one that plays as the closing credits roll: a rockin’ punk version of Dylan’s “Desolation Row” by My Chemical Romance.  The band is supposedly recording a followup to their hit album The Black Parade, and it’s been said the new work will be more “punk rock” than normal.   If their version of “Desolation Row” is any indication, it ought to be a fun listen.

MP3: “Desolation Row” by My Chemical Romance

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Rock Moment: Vince Taylor and U.K. Rockabilly

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , on October 23, 2008 by 30daysout

After the explosion of Elvis in the mid-1950s, a host of rockabilly pretenders popped up to hopefully one day knock the King off his throne.  One of the more fascinating characters was Vince Taylor, an Englishman who hit it big overseas but remains virtually unknown on this side of the Pond.

Born Brian Holden in England, the guy who would become Vince Taylor moved with his family to New Jersey and later, to California.  He absorbed the rockin’ music of Gene Vincent and Elvis, and at age 18 Vince became a rockabilly artist.  His manager was Joe Barbera, half of the Academy Award-winning animation team Hanna-Barbera (Tom & Jerry, Yogi Bear); Barbera was Taylor’s brother-in-law.  The two went to London in the late 1950s to check out the music scene; Taylor assembled a band there and took off.

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(Almost) 30 Years Out: The Clash, Austin 1982

Posted in Rock Moment, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 15, 2008 by 30daysout

When the Clash toured the United States in 1982, they were pretty much on top of the world.  Their fifth album Combat Rock, which came out in June, was a hit – produced by Glyn Johns (who’d worked with the Beatles, among others), it spawned hit singles “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” and “Rock The Casbah.”  The Clash were considered the best band of its time; formed in 1976, they managed to survive the self destruction suffered by so many other punk bands of the era.

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Review: “Live at Shea Stadium,” The Clash

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by 30daysout

The Clash came out of the London punk scene of the late 70s that featured, among others, Elvis Costello and the Sex Pistols. Many times the punk bands were good in the studio (Costello), but sucked on stage (Sex Pistols, although they were funny).  But that was the idea: they were supposed to suck, Costello couldn’t help but be good.  Everything was played at breakneck speed usually sung off key.  However, Live at Shea Stadium has neither of these negative elements.  It kicks ass from start to finish.

Actually punk was long dead when Live at Shea Stadium was recorded in 1982.  The Clash -featuring Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Terry Chimes (replacing drummer Topper Headon who was kicked out because of his need for heroin) and Paul Simonon – opened for The Who on their first of many farewell tours.  They ripped through “Train in Vain,” “Rock the Casbah,” “Spanish Bombs,” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go.”  They also dug into the catalog for gems like “London Calling,” “The Magnificent Seven,” the ska-inflected B-side “Armagideon Time” and a rocking “Clampdown.”

Live at Shea Stadium was one of the last great recordings that featured Strummer and Jones together.  Jones was fired the following year and went on to form Big Audio Dynamite.  Strummer continued on with some other guys, but it was never the same. There have been many great nights at the soon-to-be torn down Shea Stadium. This collection captures one of them.

MP3: “London Calling” (live)

MP3: “Rock The Casbah” (live)

The Clash official website

Notes from SXSW 2008 Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 24, 2008 by 30daysout


Finally finished soaking the tired feet after SXSW 2008, it was another fine few days in Austin.  You usually wind up standing around about 35 minutes for every five minutes of music, but it’s worth it if you made your choice wisely. One of those good choices was Carbon/Silicon, the post-punk guitar band featuring Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Generation X).  I’m happy to report, this is closer to Clash than to Big Audio Dynamite – crashing guitars ripping through riff-fests like “The News” and “Soylent Green.”  The boys slashed through five songs for Minnesota Public Radio, then showed up at Waterloo Records the next day for more.  We’d heard rumors that maybe Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) may show up at Waterloo to jam with his old West London mates, but no luck.  Still … catch Carbon/Silicon if you can – they’re the real thing.   You may want to check out Minnesota Public Radio’s live broadcast site at The Current .

Carbon/Silicon official website