The British punk scene in the 70’s was an unforgiving call to arms. They were the bands that refused sedated social uniformity, denied passivity amidst massive economic disparity and ultimately radicalised a generation. Punk rock demanded individualism, uncensored self-expression and a right to be heard. Music has long been a provocateur during times of unrest, but it was punk that really brought the rage.
The Clash were frontline in the punk invasion, the thing that set them apart was their sincerity, ambition and drive to continually evolve. “Unlike the Sex Pistols, the other great London punk-rock group had ambitions beyond delivering the short, sharp shock to the system suggested by the sudden impact of their name – The Clash.” (Mat Snow, Q Magazine, 1989)
This early Clash performance of Complete Control seems like a band still finding their feet, but it captures their raw, youthful charisma. It’s amazing to compare this to later live performances, to see how their ability to command an audience grew in such a short period of time.
AOL Sessions: Gorrilaz live On Melancholy Hill with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon
Brixton boy, born and bred, growing up he followed bands up and down the country, including Mott the Hoople who inspired the choice of his first guitar. A double cut Les Paul Junior. Just like Mick, the double cut junior has a character all of it’s own, it’s blunt, abrasive and has a distinctive voice which doesn’t conform to the refinements of it’s predecessors.
Apparently it’s his favourite. We think it’s the guitar that suits him best.