Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Clash : Live Revolution Rock .. and Show # 192

This week, Sony/Legacy released The Clash : Live Revolution Rock, a new DVD showcasing some of The Clash's live performances. This collection covers the years 1976-1983 and features over 20 live performances from the band playing their unique brand of fiery punk rock in venues ranging from London's Lewisham Odeon to New York's Shea Stadium. If you're a long time Clash fan you've probably already seen most of these performances before (they were previously released on The Essential Clash and Rude Boy DVDs) but there are a few highlights that have never been seen on DVD before. The band's 1981 performance on NBC's Tom Snyder Show see them performing explosive live renditions of "The Magnificent Seven" and "This Radio Clash" that differ from the studio recordings; early 1977 performances of "What's My Name" and "Capital Radio" show them in all their awesome ragged, raw garage punk glory.

The only downside is there could have been much more to this DVD than there is. For example, The Clash played 4 songs on 1980's ABC TV show Fridays supporting their landmark album London Calling, however only one song is featured on this disc "The Guns of Brixton". It would be great if one day a DVD is released that is similar to the Ramones It's Alive DVD or the Led Zeppelin DVD, both great collections that contain way more live material and are more in depth. However, it's great to finally see something of The Clash's live performances released on DVD. They were, after all, one the best rock groups of all time.

The Clash Live Revolution Rock Trailer

Play List:

1. The Charms - Gimme That Shot
2. Pretenders - The Wait
3. Blondie - Detroit 442
4. Wire - From the Nursery
5. Pointed Sticks - You Must Be Crazy
6. Spys - Machine Shop
7. Sturgeons - Punk Rock Virgins
8. Fits - Bored of Education
9. Hot Nasties - Secret of Immortality
10. XTC - Science Friction
11. Rezillos - Flying Saucer Attack
12. Klark Kent - Office Girls
13. 4/4 - All Wound Up
14. 4/4 - Systematic
15. Bureaucrats - She's an American
16. Sinners - No Brains Required
17. Tricky Woo - Ring Sweet Mercy
18. Vic Godard & The Subway Sect - Rock and Roll Even
19. Rich Kids - Put You in the Picture
20. Devo - Secret Agent Man
21. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With the Night
22. Talking Heads - The Book I Read
23. The Cure - Fire in Cairo
24. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - New Pleasure
25. Television - See No Evil


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Anonymous said...

I had seen pretty much all of the clips on the dvd, but it's still awesome, and awesome to own.

Dave said...

I totally agree with you. I'm just saying i'd like a more complete DVD, like a full concert or something. Anything by the Clash is great.