Band's performance marked the explosion of punk
Footage of The Clash‘s 1977 New Year’s concert at infamous Covent Garden venue the Roxy has surfaced for the first time.
The clip, captured by filmmaker Julien Temple (The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle and The Filth and the Fury), has been revealed in a new BBC documentary about punk in ’70s England. It also includes footage of media broadcasts, riots, reggae and other punk icons such as Johnny Rotten.
The January 1 concert cemented The Clash and the Roxy venue’s historic place in London’s exploding punk scene. It also saw the band debut new drummer Rob Harper and a new song, ‘I’m So Bored With the USA’. The full documentary can be watched below.
Last month, an updated version of The Clash’s ‘Rock The Casbah’ featuring Ranking Roger on vocals was released to raise money for Joe Strummer’s charity, Strummerville. Ranking Roger, one of the frontmen of The Beat, who toured with The Clash, recorded an alternative version of the song in 1981 with Clash members Strummer and Mick Jones but it was never released.
An EP features two versions of ‘Rock The Casbah’ plus ‘Muscle Ska’, co-composed by Neville Staple from The Specials. The five-track EP is available now through PledgeMusic and will raise funds for Strummerville, the charity set up by Strummer before his death to help aspiring young musicians.