Posted in music | pictures on September 20, 2013

photos & video by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Kath Hansen

The Clash!

Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash fielded questions last night at new multimedia space and hybrid art gallery, Wallplay (118 Orchard Street), about the release of The Clash's Sound System and Hits Back. Sound System is the band's massive collection of complete remastered works. Simonon jokingly compared the mega box set to "a piece of furniture, or a box we could live in." In addition to the band's five studio albums, the set also contains an additional seven discs of demos, rarities, and video.

David Fricke of Rolling Stone led a 30-minute Q&A with the the stylish and genial Jones and Simonon, as well as band manager Kosmo Vinyl, during which they discussed their legendary 17-night Sandinista! stint at Bond's in 1981, the late Joe Strummer, and playing at Shea Stadium with The Who.

Simonon at one point reflected on the surreal nature of celebrity, saying "Once success came to us, reality started to leave. And people were there to take care of us. But one needs to have one's feet on the ground to have a sense of reality. Joe felt that way, we all felt that way."

The gallery space at Wallplay featured iconic photographs of The Clash from Rock Paper Photo's archives, including classic shots by Bob Gruen, Adrian Boot, and Pennie Smith.

A bunch of pictures and a video from the event are in this post and continue below...

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Comments (59)

Was this a 1 day event, or you can go check it out?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 4:18 PM

Who is that dark-haired woman in 3 of the photos? I like her.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 4:21 PM

What an epic pairing. The cClash were soooo good

Posted by D | September 20, 2013 4:21 PM

Seriously bummed I missed this! Where was it advertised?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 5:56 PM

Hey BV, how come you couldn't post about this BEFORE the event????

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 6:58 PM

Was this advertised? Was it open to the public???

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 6:59 PM

Nice teeth, chaps.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 6:59 PM

did they hit up the clash party at niagra afterward?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 6:59 PM

6:58

If Wallspace didn't send out a press release, then BV wouldn't have known about it. My guess is Wallspace sent out a small VIP list to avoid getting inundated with hoards of fans/ douches/ drunks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 7:28 PM

No mention that is Eric Davidson of New Bomb Turks/Livids in several pictures???

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 8:45 PM

Put that in at The Morgan Library like the Dylan exhibit they did 7 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 9:31 PM

So in 35 years do you think you'll be going to the same kinda thing for Grimes? bwaaaaaaaahhahahahahhahahahahahahahhh

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2013 11:16 PM

I'm thinking Big Freedia has had a more lasting and influential effect upon the scene. See you there when I'm fifty, bro. Oh, what's that, you don't think that your artificial hip will last that long for you to be able to make it? Sucks for you grandpa. At least you'll have a nurse to massage your enlarged prostate while you struggle in vein to produce a milliliter of piss in your bedpan, and she can change the clash sound system box set cd's for you in your discman.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2013 9:05 AM

Vain troll tries in vain.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2013 9:58 AM

godfathers of mall punk

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2013 11:59 AM

11:59 - lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2013 2:46 PM

big freedia? yeah, i'm sure the world of music was changed due to the arrival of big freedia. shut the fuck up, you stupid nimwit

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Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2013 10:40 PM

Where's Topper?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2013 11:01 PM

You know damn well where Topper is.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2013 12:14 AM

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Posted by legalize bestiality | September 22, 2013 2:27 AM

The show is up until Monday

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2013 1:01 PM

Has there ever been a band that has aged as poorly as the Clash? Bald, fat, incapacitated, dead.

Also, David Fricke's a tool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2013 8:36 PM

@ 8:36

Well they were never what you would call ruggedly handsome and they're certainly in need of a good dentist, but the music is still great so whatever. Also Mick Jones's side project Carbon/ Silicon is pretty awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2013 9:29 PM

Are those two women strummer's kids?

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2013 10:58 PM

Corny, hugely overrated band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 1:56 AM

^umm, yeah the bands of today are soo much more talented and better

Posted by Mr. Sarcasim | September 23, 2013 8:45 AM

8:36 - Bald, fat, incapacitated, dead are far better states than YOU are in,

i.e. stupid, ignorant, useless and senseless.

get it?

no, i don't think you can.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 10:37 AM

"Corny, hugely overrated band."

really, 1:56? you do know that suicide is an option, right?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 10:39 AM

hey that's totally the New Bomb Turks dude!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 3:57 PM

cagey agey

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:20 PM

shut up now. NOBODY has come close to backing up the talk like The Clash did.
Mall punk? You have got to be kidding me.
Clash took Punk global and then created many diverse tracks. Hip Hop, Reggae, Dub, Funk..

I cannot believe some of these comments.
Fuck you. The Clash embody everything that made me first pickup a guitar and believe in music. Though the out of key solos of The Kinks certainly helped ;)

There's a reason why so many people cite them as an influence.

Posted by jeff | September 23, 2013 5:38 PM

5:38

You're not like everyone else ; )

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 7:45 PM

nice Kinks reference.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 11:14 PM

hey guys, sorry if this is a really lame way to promote something, but i am a huge clash fan and this is my band: http://thisistherapy.bandcamp.com/

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2013 11:36 PM

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2013 9:02 AM

11:14

Glad somebody got it.

"I'm not like everybody else" by The Kinks is possibly the first punk song- great lyrics.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2013 9:25 AM

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2013 8:26 AM

hey check out my band

http://thisistherapy.bandcamp.com/

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2013 2:00 AM

eh . . . my band . . .

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Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2013 3:31 AM

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2013 9:55 PM

Hi,this video is not clear to hear and voice is most important in videos.I saw the few tips in a article to improve the voice of video and i suggest it to you.

Posted by white | October 1, 2013 3:41 AM

hey check out my blog--sorry, i mean my band :p

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Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2013 8:27 AM

Mick Jones & Paul Simonon (The Clash) talked new box set with Fricke (pics & video)

http://thisistherapy.bandcamp.com/

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2013 8:30 AM

Driving, walking... wherever´╗┐ I hear this, no matter the country, I am back. I live by the river.

Posted by Audriana | October 15, 2013 9:25 AM

blarg, i forgot to post this

http://thisistherapy.bandcamp.com/

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2013 7:14 AM

Western Addiction are one of the punk bands who reunited for this year's Fat Wreck

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Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2013 2:18 AM

Saw the clash live in concert twice!! Absolute living legends
the music of the clash is the soundtrack to my life and their image is still the image i portray; im nearly fifty and let me tell you theres nothing like the feeling of getting ready to go out while listening to sandinista and putting on my creprs with my suit PURE CLASH!! also saw micks B.A.D play there first irish gig in 86. One of my clash ticket stubbs is numbered 101 and of all coincidences so is my B.A.D ticket stubb! My lifelong dream is to meet mick; paul; topper or terry or any of the clash camp
the boxset is a true gem
CLASH CITY ROCKER TILL I DIE AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! D.M.C cork ireland

Posted by D.M..C | November 29, 2013 1:50 PM

Yes,Mick and Paul aged,but in their time they were part of the best,most talented band in the world.

Posted by reelamerican1776 | February 5, 2014 9:37 PM

How about checking out something from his solo album on an island? Some great guitar tracks on there and less mainstream

Posted by Guptas | October 18, 2014 12:30 PM

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