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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Clash Piano


Clash week day four. Two songs from round the old Joanna. When the Clash On Broadway box came out in 1991 one of the unreleased songs was a cover of Every Little Bit Hurts, Mick at the piano and giving it loads with a reverb drenched, soulful vocal. According to the booklet it was recorded during the Sandinista! sessions after Chrissie Hynde had dropped in. Mick and Chrissie used to sing it together and Mick gave it a go in the studio a few days later, with Norman Watt Roy on bass (which dates it to when Simonon was away filming Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains) and Topper splashing away on cymbals and percussion.

Every Little Bit Hurts

Originally sung by Brenda Holloway in 1964 it was covered by The Spencer Davis Group which is where Mick knew it from. A couple of years earlier The Clash had been the subjects of a film, Rude Boy, a semi-fictionalised account of the life a roadie called Ray Gange. The film is a brave but flawed stab at documenting life in 1978-9 in Britain. But it does also feature some of the most incendiary Clash live footage committed to tape/celluloid which still makes the hairs on the back of neck stand up and the blood pump a little faster. In this section Joe finds a piano and starts hammering away while Gange stands around drinking beer. After a minute and a half and some muttering/swearing from Gange about Sam Philips and Elvis Joe breaks into Let The Good Times Roll, a Shirley and Lee song from 1956.



Give 'em a piano and a couple of minutes and both Joe and Mick would reel out the pre-punk songs. What Year Zero?


10 comments:

George said...

This is rather splendid Adam.

drew said...

Sorry SA, Not really that keen on this version of Every Little Bit Hurts, probably because the original and the Small Faces versions are just too good.

JTFL said...

If I remember correctly from the London Calling liner notes, Joe only knew how to play pianner

Swiss Adam said...

Drew- I forgot about the Small Faces version. Best one I think.
JTFL- you're absolutely right.

charity chic said...

Sorry - did George really say splendid about The Clash??

George said...

CC, yes I did.

Swiss Adam said...

He did. Glad you didn't let it pass unnoticed CC.

Echorich said...

Great photo choice SA...The Clash were always the most photogenic Punk band...

The Swede said...

Call the cops, George has been hacked.

George said...

The Swede, it was a bona fide comment. I AM alllowed to enjoy the occasional Clash track, you know............