"the clash" Archives

10 Other Clash* Songs Bruce Springsteen Should Cover

Posted on 27 April 2014 (1)

You might think that I am lying if I tell you that I have had actual fantasies about Bruce playing “Clampdown” prior to it happening (it involved a guest appearance by Mick Jones [who, I have it on good authority, was at Hyde Park for the London Calling show] and not Tom Morello, but a girl CAN’T BE TOO PICKY). That said, I would like to present the other 10 Clash (or Joe Strummer) songs Mr. Springsteen (or his proxy in these matters, Mr. Morello) should consider playing. I tried to pick things that I thought the E Street Band could successfully play and would fit with the current show.

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An Evening With Mick Jones & Paul Simonon

Posted on 22 December 2013 (1)

In the late 90s, I used to have this recurring dream about seeing the reunited Clash again. At the time, I was living in Seattle, so in the dream I was always in the back of Mercer Arena and I was always standing near some Seattle rock luminary: one time Mark Arm, another time Kim Thayil, one time Eddie Vedder and his wife Beth. (Their presence in the dream was actually not the fantastic part; had there been a Clash show in Seattle, I can pretty much guarantee all of those people would have been there somewhere.) I remember the red and orange of the lights and I could hear Joe’s voice clear as a bell. The dream always came in on the middle of songs, never the beginning, and I never heard an end. But the feeling was always the same, every time, that sense of awe and waves of rolling thunder emanating from the stage.

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the excitement gang

Posted on 29 June 2009 (2)

I used to dream about seeing the Clash live again. When I say “dream” I mean not that I used to wish out loud for it, but that I would have these vivid dreams about seeing them. In daylight, I never ever thought about it – but in dreams, it would come. I was always standing towards the back of Key Arena in Seattle, the floor was GA, and the lights were red and I was hot and sweaty and jumping around and I’d turn around and run into someone I knew – sometimes it was Mark Arm from Mudhoney, sometimes it was Beth Liebling, sometimes it was just friends of mine, people I knew. It didn’t surprise me that everyone was there because it would be hard for me to know someone who wouldn’t drop everything to go watch the Clash play again.

The dreams stopped happening after December 23, 2002.

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Philadelphia Calling, 4-29-2009

Posted on 02 May 2009 (0)

As originally published on brucespringsteen.net. And some of you may have heard me on with Dave Marsh this morning, talking about Joe and May Day and “London Calling” on Live From E Street Nation. It’s been quite a week. — Twenty-something years ago, when I heard the line in “Jungleland” about kids flashing guitars just […]

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joe strummer: the future is unwritten

Posted on 14 November 2007 (1)

So I’ve been waiting to see this for I don’t know how long, and it HAS been a long time. This was supposed to be it, this was supposed to be THE definitive documentary about Joe. I bought tickets in advance, we got to the theater early and stood in line for half an hour […]

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