Friday, July 3, 2009

The Clash Live in Tokyo

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The Clash's gig at Sun Plaza Tokyo 01/02/1982 is one of their most bootlegged shows, and it is easy to see why. They are at their recklessly fabulous best, performing fast and furious punk rock songs with machinegun like precision, while incorporating R&B, reggae, dub, rock'n'roll, and rockabilly influences. This show also features Pearl Harbour, the lead singer for the San Franciscan new wave group The Explosions. She performs with The Clash on "Police on My Back", and "Fujiyama Mama", a Wanda Jackson cover, during the encore. This gig was recorded by professionals for Japanese television and radio, so the bootlegs are of high quality. This, along with The Clash’s great performance, makes the bootlegs of this performance some of the most popular recordings of the band available.

This video bootleg of the show was shown on Japanese television at the time. The sound was recorded on the sound board, and there are multiple camera angles, which makes for great viewing. The Clash are on top form, performing a retrospective set that includes songs from all of their LP's out at that time. Enjoy!


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