This Is Video Clash

 

Box cover design recycles Caroline Coon's sleeve photo for the 1977 'White Riot' single and was released in March 1991.

 

 

This musical video consists of eight songs :

1 TOMMY GUN

2 LONDON CALLING

3 BANK ROBBER

4 TRAIN IN VAIN

5 THE CALL UP

6 THIS IS RADIO CLASH

7 ROCK THE CASBAH

8 SHOULD I STAY OR

      SHOULD I GO

 

The Harlesden Roxy, North London is where the Clash mimed their way through 'Tommy Gun' for Don Letts' video,his first with the band on 25th October 1978

(A Riot of Our Own, pp114-116)

      Now stands a block of flats called ODEON COURTS.

 

 
 

The video for London Calling was filmed by Don Letts on the Festival (Cadogan) Pier, next to Albert Bridge, on the south side of the river, Battersea Park, London....on a cold and rainy night in December 1979.

(A Riot of Our Own, pp.15-17)

" In Don Lett's video for the 'London Calling' single, a master stroke of image-making, shot at the Festival Pier overlooking the Thames at Battersea Park at the beginning of December 1979, this look is assisted by the rain that swept across the night-time riverside set, adding a men-against-the-elements romantic timbre." (Redemption Song by Chris Salewicz: p.276)

 

               The slow, heavy dub reggae song, "Bank Robber" was put on tape in Pluto Studios, Granby Row, Manchester on 1st February 1980 with reggae toaster Mikey Dread and later shot the video for 'Bank Robber' at Lewisham Odeon, London. 

 

" Me and the Baker, dressed in masks like cartoon robbers, were filmed by Don Letts running out of the bank, down Lewisham High Street and spending our swag at the Odean box office on Clash tickets."  

          (A Riot of Our Own, p.225)

 

 

Lewisham Odeon, London no longer exists other than an empty space.

 
             On the 18th February, 1980, after filming the "Bank Robber" in the afternoon at Lewisham Odeon, Don Letts supervised the filming of the evening show, his chief aim being to capture the band performing, 'Train In Vain ' and 'Clampdown.'
 

'The Call Up, ' shot in black and white, featured Simonon dressed as a cowboy, Headon as a World War II pilot; Mick Jones' costume includes a Mounties hat and a leopardskin wrap. Filmed at the warehouse of singer Chris Farlowe, an enthusiastic collector of military paraphernalia.

 
           Don Letts mid-tour video shoot for 'Rock the Casbah', June 1982, captures the band performing in front of an oil well in the Texas desert with Bernie Rhodes dressed up as an Arab. Joe's hair is cut in the shape of a red-dyed mohican whilst Mick refuses to be left out in the weirdness stakes. He wears a bandanna over his face until near the end of the clip. It was a look he continued to affect for the subsequent live dates on the 16 Tons Tour of America.

 

 

      'Rock the Casbah' climbed to number eight in the US charts.

 

                 Don Letts filmed the second night performance at Shea stadium in Queens, New York on the 13th October,1982 with the intention of making a live-style video for the UK release of 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go.' Footage was also shot of the Clash riding to the show in an open-topped car, playing at rock stars.

               

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