Monday, 4 July 2016
I came across these two clips at the weekend, Joe Strummer and Latino Rockabilly war playing a benefit gig in Notting Hill in 1988. The film was recently re-discovered by the cameraman who was part of a community video group at the time. The quality isn't perfect- the bass in the first clip sounds like a repeating fart-but they're worth watching. First up is Joe and the band covering Big Audio Dynamite's V Thirteen, a song Joe and Mick Jones co-wrote. Joe giving it plenty with the riffing arm. If The Clash had survived intact after Combat Rock this is a pointer as to where they might have gone.
The other one is this version of Straight To Hell, taken down a notch or two but no less intense. Zander Schloss's guitar playing is a little over complicated but this is nicely done.