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by Chairman Ralph
07 Jan 2021, 6:15am
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: Unreleased working mix of Stay Free
Replies: 24
Views: 1191

Re: Unreleased working mix of Stay Free

Amazing find! Listening to these, pre-guitar overdubs, makes for an intimate experience, especially on the coda of All The Young Punks, which I never could make out, back in the day -- but I had lots of fun trying! Hopefully, we get to hear more of these somewhere down the line.
by Chairman Ralph
06 Dec 2020, 10:28pm
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: UDA Letter
Replies: 22
Views: 1683

Re: UDA Letter

The Undertones wrote Whizz Kids supposedly about SLF and has to be said it's a not very flattering portrait. I think the problem was the Undertones felt they were being pigeonholed by the UK media as a troubles band, with all the stereotypes and cliches that followed, and wanted to break out of tha...
by Chairman Ralph
29 Nov 2020, 3:47pm
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: UDA Letter
Replies: 22
Views: 1683

Re: UDA Letter

Interesting stuff ralph. From memory, was Damien the one who was the huge Dexys fan? I know one of them was, interesting he'd turn the chance down if so. I liked TPE, deserved a wider audience i thought. The conflict was a pretty torid time for artists, in that however you chose to express yourself...
by Chairman Ralph
29 Nov 2020, 2:03am
Forum: The Dictator
Topic: The IMCT Media Criticism Thread
Replies: 753
Views: 121856

Re: The IMCT Media Criticism Thread

SB TWEET.jpg Wow, this sucks, but I had to see this for myself -- I guess somebody figured out, "Hey, if they only pay a thousandths of a thousandths of a cent in music streaming, why can't we copy this model, and apply it to journalism?" But it's the perfect fit for an era of paying someone to cli...
by Chairman Ralph
29 Nov 2020, 1:04am
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: UDA Letter
Replies: 22
Views: 1683

Re: UDA Letter

You gotta wonder how popular the NME was amongst loyalist paramilitaries. I'm sure they had younger fans in their ranks, too, like any organized entity does -- it's just, "that other thing" they were about politically came before everything else, including the music, unfortunately. Yeah, i love the...
by Chairman Ralph
27 Nov 2020, 10:19pm
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: UDA Letter
Replies: 22
Views: 1683

Re: UDA Letter

The accounts I've read of this put it in 79. The Clash were due to play an open air festival in derry along with the Undertones and the Damned but withdrew because Joe got a death threat from a loyalist terror group. Think they'd seen an interview Joe did where he was pictured wearing a h block tee...
by Chairman Ralph
21 Sep 2020, 5:04am
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: Clash II Book: Mohawk Info Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 4820

Re: Clash II Book: Mohawk Info Needed

Cool story, RIP. Ralph, I don't remember reading about him in your book. Did you get any info or a chance to chat with him? He gets two paragraphs on p. 106, actually, when we explain the artistic inspiration behind the Mohawk's Revenge merchandising and T-shirt artwork. I just checked my copy to m...
by Chairman Ralph
15 Sep 2020, 3:00pm
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: Clash City Showdown is back in print
Replies: 37
Views: 4343

Re: Clash City Showdown is back in print

High praise indeed from the man I believe to be the definitive Clash chronicler, as well as a major influence on my work. Cheers, Ralph. Thanks, Chris. Well, your book came from the grass roots, and the heart, which makes for the best projects. I think I'd like to buy it straight from you, too -- I...
by Chairman Ralph
01 Sep 2020, 2:56pm
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: Clash City Showdown is back in print
Replies: 37
Views: 4343

Re: Clash City Showdown is back in print

Chris, this is pretty amazing to witness, as someone who corresponded with you when you contemplated Clash City Showdown as a fanzine -- I still have all that stuff when it existed in article form, including the cartoon spread that you did about your love of the band, and your encounters with them i...
by Chairman Ralph
28 Aug 2020, 10:49pm
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: Marky Dread Remasters
Replies: 1991
Views: 272855

Re: Marky Dread Remasters

The '83 "tour" had great setlists. It was like the Clash's imperial phase, except it only lasted a few weeks! I also prefer Topper, but agree that Pete was very good. Yeah, they did. I love those shows, too -- it seemed like they were finding new avenues to explore, but that all got shut down by th...
by Chairman Ralph
28 Aug 2020, 9:29pm
Forum: Shouting Street
Topic: A Song For Joe 21 August 2020 - mp3 version
Replies: 8
Views: 1387

Re: A Song For Joe 21 August 2020 - mp3 version

Walter's loss is definitely huge -- I always appreciated his perspective, which seemed the most rational and adult of the guys, in my opinion. Johnny T. and the HBs were (and are) a big band for me. I remember going out and getting So Alone and In Style in quick succession, and spending much of my h...
by Chairman Ralph
28 Aug 2020, 8:06pm
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: The Clash observations thread.
Replies: 3557
Views: 315393

Re: The Clash observations thread.

I did come close to experiencing the Pixies, via their offshoot, The Breeders. That happened in January 1990, at the Marquee, where they were paired with Jah Wobble, of all people. They got a mixed response, though largely I'd say because most of the crowd weren't really there to see them. I thought...
by Chairman Ralph
28 Aug 2020, 12:14pm
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: The Clash observations thread.
Replies: 3557
Views: 315393

Re: The Clash observations thread.

Quite agree with the previous comments Ralph, I saw the Pixies years ago and thought they were shite! Rock without the roll does nothing for me Same here -- I felt likewise about the grunge era. "Too much rawk, not enough roll, with a publicist doing damage control," as I used to tell people. Next!...
by Chairman Ralph
28 Aug 2020, 3:51am
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: The Clash observations thread.
Replies: 3557
Views: 315393

Re: The Clash observations thread.

What changed your mind?
Nothing. I didn't buy into their shtick, or their MO for it. It didn't do anything for me. Like I said, other people in my circle dug them, but I was never among them. That's how it goes sometimes.
by Chairman Ralph
28 Aug 2020, 3:21am
Forum: The Last Gang
Topic: The Clash observations thread.
Replies: 3557
Views: 315393

Re: The Clash observations thread.

Grim. There's a certain kind of band that simply isn't built for the long haul.
No argument from me there -- I know a lot of my people in my circle who bought into them at the time, but I wasn't one of them...and dinner theatre or no, I wouldn't cross the road to see 'em. :mrgreen: