THE CLASH members Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones (pictured in 1978 with drummer Topper Headon in hat) are currently in London working through live tapes of the band for inclusion on an album to be released by Sony before the end of this year.
The tapes include recordings from The Clash’s 1976 London Roundhouse shows, a 1978 Lewisham Odeon show and the band’s New York Shea Stadium concert supporting The Who in 1982. The decision to put a live album together was made after Joe Strummer discovered the Shea Stadium tapes when moving house recently. The tapes were recorded by Glyn Johns, the producer on ‘Combat Rock’.
“They were made from the mixing desk and have just been sitting around for 15 years,” Clash spokeswoman Tricia Ronane told NME: “We had to bake them before we played them because by doing that you preserve them. It wasn’t as nervewracking as you might think because we weren’t actually sure anything was on them to begin with! We’re still looking to get more stuff from America and Japan where a lot of radio stuff was recorded.”
Ronane says the project could take various guises. It’s still being decided whether the release will be a chronological overview of the band’s career or will concentrate on either The Clash’s live shows in America or the UK.
“Sitting down and listening to hours of Clash material is probably not what they want to do when they get up in the morning. It’s a lot of work,” Ronane said. “We also have a lot of film footage stuff from New York shows and home video stuff. As a document of the time it’s really interesting. If it’s brilliant enough we will put it out. But all the guys have to approve it.”
Meanwhile, Tricky and Ice Cube are among the artists who have recorded tracks for a Clash tribute album slated for an August release. The album features a version of ‘Straight To Hell’ by Moby and Heather Nova; Ice Cube and Mack 10 have also completed recording ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ for the tribute.
Other artists who’ve made recordings under consideration include Leonard Cohen who has apparently reworked ‘Rock The Casbah’ as have Tom Waits and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Primal Scream have recorded ‘Know Your Rights’ (a longtime staple in their live set) and Danny Saber is understood to be remixing ‘Guns Of Brixton’.
It is not known whether all these contributions will be included. The release of the tribute album will be accompanied by an MTV-made documentary on the band and the making of the tribute album.