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ebay clash photos
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[Mon, 26th September, 2005 at 8:04PM EST]

im new to the community and i thought i would start my first post off with a clash pic :)

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I love Clash Photo Rockers [Sun, 4th September, 2005 at 3:55PM EST]

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Pretty much the best picture ever.

Thanks to Clash Photo Rockers
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Something I thought was cool [Tue, 23rd August, 2005 at 3:19PM EST]

I was watching the video for Dropkick Murphys's song, Walk Away, and I saw something that caught my eye. I rewound it and paused it at the right time...an extra was wearing a white shirt and on the shoulder they spraypainted "THE CLASH" and in large letters in the middle of the back was "DEATH OR GLORY."

Then their former mandolinist, Ryan Foltz, wore a shirt that said "HATE AND WAR" down the front.

I just thought it was cool.
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dvds [Sat, 30th July, 2005 at 7:59PM EST]

I just bought Westway to the World and a dvd of their last performance with Mick Jones, which I think is a bootleg. I haven't watched the live dvd yet, but I saw Westway to the World and it is so good. The live footage on it is great, too. Anyone have it or seen it? What do you think?
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Hello [Fri, 29th July, 2005 at 2:33PM EST]


I'm new to this community. Hello. I love the Clash and Joe Strummer is my hero. That's all you need to know, I guess. Oh yeah, and I have a community, too, in case if anyone wanted to join it.

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Because everyone needs this from time to time... [Wed, 8th June, 2005 at 9:09PM EST]

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[Wed, 22nd December, 2004 at 10:21PM EST]

Rest In Peace, Joe Strummer. December 22, 2002.
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[Sat, 4th December, 2004 at 11:59PM EST]

[ mood | pleased ]


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[Thu, 2nd December, 2004 at 5:28PM EST]
Hey, guys.
This is a really neat place to get CDs.

Check that out.

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[Fri, 15th October, 2004 at 12:45PM EST]




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Update on Topper...glad to see he's doing well! [Mon, 6th September, 2004 at 11:53PM EST]

TEMPTATION has never been something Nick Headon has been able to resist.

Twenty-five years of substance abuse and a slide from global star to a homeless junkie had to end in one of two ways.

Get clean or die.

So it is apt and fitting that he chose his home town as the place to remove himself from the alluring drug pressures he experienced in London for so many years.

In his smart, spotless and deceptively spacious three-bedroomed home in River he seems at peace with himself.

"Now I'm in Dover I am Nick, not Topper, because that's how people remember me," says the former Dover Grammar schoolboy.

Indeed, as he walks his dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier, Yousah, everyone seems to know him and greet him kindly.

His mother Margaret and father Philip, both retired teachers, live nearby and have been his enduring rock of unconditional love through some very trying times.

At home, apart from The Clash CDs in his surprisingly small collection, there are no visible references to the band - but one or two to his daily struggle to stay clean.

Decades of drug-taking - at least 17 years as a heroin addict - don't appear to have taken too bad a toll. He is neatly turned out, fresh-faced, with a healthy glow which belies his 49 years.

"Sickening, isn't it?" he says with a boyish grin. "If anybody in The Clash should be dead, it should be me."

Nick, who joined The Clash in 1977, was anointed 'Topper' by the band, and was first heard on the Give 'Em Enough Rope album which cemented their British punk following.

But it was the sublime London Calling double LP which helped them break the United States and propelled The Clash into superstardom.

Nick charts his lapse into drug abuse by album. He was clean during Give 'Em Enough Rope and London Calling, going downhill making Sandinista - and out the door by Combat Rock, to which he contributed the worldwide smash Rock the Casbah.

The Clash, like most bands on the road in the late 1970s and early 80s, were steeped in a culture of booze, amphetamines and cocaine. Constant touring meant breaks at home were rare and often short-lived, but they were to be the catalyst in his downfall.

"I loved playing live, touring and life on the road. Coke and booze were the done thing and I did it like everyone else.

"When we came home we were given a month or so and told to 'go and amuse yourselves' before we took off again. During that downtime I starting using heroin, sniffing it.

"It was a slow process. But by the time we were recording Sandinista I knew I was in a jam because I was having to score regularly.

"Once when we came back off tour we had two months to kill, and when we had to go back on the road then I realised I had a habit."

Getting drugs-busted in 1981 at Heathrow airport, being constantly late or failing to show up began to rankle with other band members.

Frontman Joe Strummer decided not to take him on tour, bringing back drummer from the first album Terry Chimes as a 'temporary' replacement.

"I didn't have a lot of choice in the matter. It must have been so annoying for them because I was always messing it up. I must have been given a few warnings before I was replaced. I suppose if I'd got myself sorted out by the time they got back that I'd have been back in.

"Then there was an interview in the States saying that I had been sacked. I went from being Topper Headon, drummer with the - The Clash, taking a break for 'nervous exhaustion' to Topper Headon, sacked for being a heroin addict." Strummer did not take the decision lightly and kept Nick's photo in his wallet for years after his 1982 departure. "Once I was out of the band, it was the beginning of the end - I never injected heroin until I was out of the group. I had nothing to live for and, being stupid, I stuck needles in myself."

Nicholas Bowen Headon turned hedonist and hurtled on a spiral so downward, so fast and so long that it didn't stop until the millennium dawned. As a measure of just how far he fell in the intervening years, Nick was jailed, went bankrupt, became homeless and busked on the London Underground. He was in and out of rehab trying to conquer his all-consuming addiction.
"At first it was drugs and squandering money on fast cars and stuff. I did my best to spend all I had, and in the end I went bankrupt."

He can raise a smile for some of the things he did in pursuit of heroin.

"I was London's most useless minicab driver. Before tough regulations came in, all you had to do was pay a few quid and you could work. It was the preferred job of recently-released prisoners.

"I'd get a fare, ask them where they wanted to go and hand them an A-Z." Desperate for easy cash, he and another musician busked the London underground stations, Nick on the bongos and his partner on sax.

"People would be coming down the escalator nudging each other saying, "Isn't that Topper Headon from The Clash?" It was terrible, humiliating- but I didn't care. I lived for drugs.
"Once I had got to £25 I'd pack it in because I would go and Score drugs. My partner wasn't too impressed with that. "As an addict, I'd wake up in the morning and think, 'Shit, I've got to do this all over again today...'"

Even a ten-month spell inside Stanford '11 prison - he was jailed in late 1987 - on the Isle of Sheppey for supplying drugs to local man, Barry Waller, who subseuently died of an overdose, did not bring him to his senses. The court did acknowledge drugs were not the sole contributor to Mr. Waller's death.

Nick also spent two months in a hostel for the homeless - the St Mungo's chariy opposite Paddington Green police staion - as he plumbed new depths in his life. "It's not been an easy road and certainly not one I would recommend to anyone.

With drugs, I would take whatever I could take - that's what addicts do. You don't buy 40 quid's worth and make it for a couple of days. You take the lot.

"I was desperate to stop and get out of the lifestyle - but I couldn't see any way. So many of my friends have died. There a lot of heroin addicts in Dover and they need help, but they don't know how. It's awash with it around Pencester way."

The turning point came five years ago when he had a car crash, ruptured his spleen, crushed his ribs, punctured a lung and suffered a serious head injury.

Haggard, desperately weak and weighing just eight stones, he retreated to his hometown. "I have to be away from the temptations of London. I like Dover and the people - it's home. There's no point in looking back or looking too far far into the future. My mum and dad have been totally supportive over the years and I owe them a lot. It's up to me now to be the best son I can for them."

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of London Calling, a special. two CD and set is being released on September.
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[Thu, 2nd September, 2004 at 6:06PM EST]

lastgangintown exclusive:

A 50 second sample of an unreleased "London Calling" demo can be found here, most likely for a pretty short time. A nice preview of what is to come on Sept. 21. It's a rough recording, but sounds very intriguing. I think they are also different lyrics that Joe is singing.



GO HERE to watch the entire seven minute piece that BBC UK did on the Clash and the new Vanilla Tapes this evening! Just go over to the right and click on "Video: Tonight's Programme" (or something like that)! Skip ahead though, the piece starts 20:57 into the clip. Features interviews with Mick, Paul, and Don Letts.

Don't know how long these will last, BBC probably changes its pages quite frequently...
london's calling

[Tue, 31st August, 2004 at 6:23PM EST]

Does anyone know if Robin Crocker had any kind of musical talent or did anything
other than bum around with the clash? Is he up to anything at the moment.
Last i read of him was in A Riot Of Their Own.
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[Sun, 29th August, 2004 at 6:09PM EST]

So, I'm just wondering, does everybody have like offline friends who like the clash too?

Cause, like none of my friends like the clash. Well, some does like a couple of songs, but mostly i'm just all alone with my little obsession.

And most don't understand it either, it's like "wtf, it's just a band". Oh, I do keep mostly quiet about it offline.
I guess I kept mentioning them alittle too much to my best friend, cause now everytime I mention them she sighs and kind of give me a "wtf you're obsessed" look. So now I just say like "Oh yeah, there is this song" or "oh, there is this band" without saying it's the clash.

So, how are your friends?

I do apologize for spelling/grammar/weirdness or whatever in this post but i'm not feeling well and i'm bored. That's usally not a good combination.
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[Sat, 28th August, 2004 at 4:09PM EST]
I've just made a Paul Simonon community simononlove
Join and share your love for Paul!
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Straight to Hell [Thu, 26th August, 2004 at 3:52PM EST]

How many of you have seen this? I just got a copy from Ebay today so I'm going to watch it when I get home tonight.
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umm....wow [Mon, 2nd August, 2004 at 5:39AM EST]

I want to unlearn English, just so I can take classes like these.
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Bring it on bitch! [Fri, 30th July, 2004 at 7:13PM EST]


Haha i was watching bring it on the other day and i just noticed this part in the movie (i can't find the script so i'm just gonna have to remember it):

*the guy sits down at his desk and starts talking to torrance, she points at his Clash shirt*

Torrance: So is that your band?

*the guy looks at her weirdly*

the guy: The Clash? No...(starts giving her background details about the Clash)

Torrance: how vintage (or something like that)

Yes it made me laugh

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[Thu, 29th July, 2004 at 11:51AM EST]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Hi my name is Megan. I'm 15 and I live in New Jersey. umm.......My favorite member of the clash is Topper.

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[Thu, 22nd July, 2004 at 12:25PM EST]

Hey guys, I made a Clash message board that I think some of you might like posting on. Check it out

Clash City Rockers
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Strummer + B.A.D? [Tue, 13th July, 2004 at 3:37PM EST]

Ah. Ok, I dunno if I'm the last to find out about this.
Joe co wrote songs with mick on the b.a.d album No. 10, Upping St??
I knew he had prouduced c'mon every beatbox, but that he had also helped write some songs with mick?

Ah, I had always gotten the impression that strummer/jones would never be seen again outside clash. So, I got a big suprise when I found out this. I dunno exactly which songs, only V thirteen and sightsee mc, but i think they're more.

Mm. Well, I wasn't sure how common knowledge this is. But i figured I better post it incase some people would be interested.

I just find it strange I never seen it really mentioned anyway, just that he prouduced c'mon every beatbox, but nothing about the cowriting. I just found out it by coincidence.

ofcourse, it isn't anything like the clash. but still. ;)
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[Mon, 12th July, 2004 at 4:13PM EST]

So, I just joined here. I was bored and surfing around and found this.
I love the clash, so it's always nice to meet more clash fans;) i'm already a member of the joe strummer and the mick jones communities but none for the clash as whole.

and I was just browsing through the enteries and I noticed that somebody had asked about the charlie don't surf lyrics, and I wasn't sure the reply would get noticed so i post it here anyway, for all you others too.
Charlie don't surf is also about the movie, Apocalypse Now. If you've seen it, there's somebody there who was a surfer. Eh, I can't really explain well. So basically it's charlie don't surf and we think he should (can't remember exact lyrics) is that he shouldn't go to war, he should surf and be home instead.
And as somebody said, charlie as the name for the "enemy" but i can't remember the surfer guys name.

I know it's from apocalypse now, but i'm nore 100% of my own explanation, it could be somethingelse. but it seems pretty reasonable.

anyway, in short, this seems like a nice clash community, and not like one of those "OMG I LOVE DA CLASH SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO IS SO PUNXRAWK" ones.
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I Clashed a boy out for the first time. I have never been challenged before by an opponent who did not give up immediately.

Yesterday said boy saw a girl, who apparently had no actual grasp of The Clash, in a Clash shirt. He did his best to piss her off, and it was entertaining for a short while. It soon became obvious he does not know The Clash as much as he likes to say he does. He started singing Career Opportunities so I asked, "Have you heard the version of that on Sandinista?" He did not even know what Sandinsta! was. It went on for a few more minutes while I pulverized him with purely basic Clash trivia. He tried to play it cool by switching the subject to The Sex Pistols, where he confused Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious.

Needless to say, I showed him up and made him realize for a second he does not know music.

I hate kids like that.
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[Thu, 20th May, 2004 at 6:17PM EST]


I was flipping through TV channels, and one channel was showing table tennis. And one of the players looked EXACTLY LIKE PAUL SIMONON DID when he was young.

It was crazy.
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[Thu, 20th May, 2004 at 12:48AM EST]
This is not Clash related, but I would like to say that Colin and I saw David Bowie last week, and it was incredible.

If you ever get the chance to see him in concert, DON'T PASS IT UP.

Sorry if I've seemed a bit inactive with this community.
I'm just extremely busy with my "art" and my sleeping schedule.
You're all wonderful people.

That is all.
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What doesn't he surf? [Sun, 9th May, 2004 at 3:08PM EST]


I am having a debate with someone over what the lyrics to Charlie Don't Surf mean.

So what is Charlie Don't Surf about exacty?


You know that it ain't no goodCollapse )

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Yelena is the most beautiful girl in the world [Mon, 19th April, 2004 at 1:17PM EST]

[ mood | joyous ]

Right right.

I think we made the Clash proud by screaming obscenities in the presence of small children. The best of which was Lena be_my_wonder's "FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (actual quote.)

She happened to be screaming this because God Joe Strummer tried to tell us that our Ancient Greek homework was not worth doing.

Lena's note: Colin looks like Paul right now, because his hair is all over the place. I'm sure mine is too, but I can't exactly relate myself to any member of the Clash, seeing as how I don't have a...penis (or Paul's boyish good looks).

So, to get back to the story, God Joe Strummer decided to whip out some wind and blow my entire folder all over the athletic field. It was funny.

Lena's note: It was hilarious. Little kids were chasing the papers around for us, and as soon as they were done, God Joe sent another gust of wind which blew Colin's other notebook...everywhere.

And the teddy grahams fell off of the cliff, along with Lena's pinstriped jacket...and her cellphone.

P.S. Matt Angle was writing something, and the computer screwed him over, so he said, "I hate the government". And Mrs. St John just dropped something. And Ian is walking towards us, so goodbye.

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[Mon, 12th April, 2004 at 4:03AM EST]
You know what Clash song makes me real emotional?
"Something about England"
Especially when Joe starts singing the dialogue.
It's just such a gorgeous song.
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