CLASH ‘SONG BOOKS’ – UD6543/4

Clash Songbooks

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Now those are some labels. Perhaps the release date was even close to December?

Japan: 1981

Source: Audience recording of the complete 17 June 1980 Hammersmith Palais concert.

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Clash Ham Palais 1980

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Immortalized by none other than the Clash themselves in their own “White Man At Hammersmith Palais” (also name checked in Ian Dury’s “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3”) was another classic and famous tram-shed-turned-concert-venue. Opening in 1919 it as Palais de Danse and primarily used to host dance and jazz events, it occasionally hosted rock bands starting from the 1960’s and became a frequent tour stop for rock bands during the punk and new wave area.  The list of performers include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bill Haley & the Comets, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Cure, The Police, U2 and every UK act you can think of that toured in the 1980’s and were trusted to sell 2,000 tickets for a London appearance.

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The final gig at the Palais was a performance by The Fall on 1 April 2007, a recording of which was subsequently released as the live album Last Night at The Palais. It was torn down in 2012.

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