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LIVE: The Clashed at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton (Tribute band)

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COME December 1980, and The Clash brought their all-encompassing ambition to bear on the triple-disc, 36-song Sandanista!, taking in dub, rockabilly, jazz, disco, hiphop, reggae and more. One of the singles to be spun off from the album was the open and funky “The Magnificent Seven”, which reached no.34 in the UK charts. And now, …

HEAVENLY Recordings’ retro rock singer Mattiel has released a brace of lockdown covers, with both tracks contributing to the NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) defence fund on June 19th (“Juneteenth”) every year at Bandcamp. Mattiel, whose position in a certain rock’n’roll lineage was underlined by last year’s cracking Satis Factory …

The Clash tribute band and quite frankly, the only band that matters – The Clashed, managed to pack out the old Theatre in Stockton just prior to the lockdown that disrupted the venues live music plans. The Clashed have been around almost as long as The Clash themselves. They provide all the angst and riot …

The Clash’s third album, ‘London Calling’, is 40 years old this month and so it feels like an apt time to reassess the record that many regard as the band’s finest and that marked the band’s transition to a major act on the international stage. It’s an album that makes me feel like a teenager …

Leather jackets and denim, chugging guitars and a whole barrel full of sneering attitude are necessary appendages for any serious rock band that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Add to that a superglue chorus and layered harmonies you get Black Heart Breakers and their rip roaring new single ‘Melody’. ‘Melody’ is a little bit punk …