It was the “Straight to Hell”-sampling “Paper Planes” from MIA’s forthcoming Kala that reminded me about one of my favourite live albums The Clash – From Here to Eternity: Live, an all encompassing live compilation of material recorded from 1978-1982 and a great introduction to the band. I first heard it when LPX lent me a copy in fifth year of school when I was all of 17. It has that intense quality that all good live recordings have and it has a wonderful clarity to it and confirms that The Clash were one of the best punk/rock and roll bands to ever grace a stage.
This nostalgia has led me on a journey perusing through various video sites looking for live footage and here are the results of my pillage – loads of Clash live footage, a tribute to Joe Strummer performed at the Grammys by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello and an Arcade Fire cover. For more info on the Clash era, Check out the BBC series Seven Ages of Rock, the punk episode of which you can watch here :
The Clash – Straight To Hell (live)
The Clash – Clampdown (live)
More after the jump.
The Clash – Train in Vain (live)
The Clash – Armagideon Time (live ’79)
Arcade Fire – The Guns of Brixton
The Clash Allstars – London Calling (Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen)