Uncut’s 50 Best Gigs – Extra!

Today: The Clash, New York, 1979

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In this month’s UNCUT, our writers, friends and favourite musicians reminisce about their favourite gigs.

The October issue, onsale now, features our best 50 – including Jimi, U2, The Band and Oasis – with rare photos from the shows too.

Now here’s some more – we’ll publish one everyday this month – including online exclusives on gigs by Manic Street Preachers,The Stone Roses, Pixies, Beach Boys, and Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones and Babyshambles’ Adam Ficek‘s favourite live memories too.

The Palladium, New York, February 17, 1979

Thusrton Moore, Sonic Youth:

I saw dozens of incredible gigs in my first few years after arriving in New York. Certainly some of the early CBGBs gigs were incredible. But The Clash took this kind of back-room stuff to a whole other level. When they first came over to America and announced that they were playing the Palladium, everyone thought that this was a monumental act of hubris. The Palladium was a huge, sit-down venue that didn’t seem intimate for the music that The Clash made. But I remember them just incinerating the place.

I understand much later that everyone was there, or claimed to be there – Lester Bangs, Andy Warhol, Springsteen, Paul Simon, Robert De Niro. I wasn’t aware of that at the time, just the whole crowd on their seats and they seemed to stay there for two hours. I walked away completely invigorated and enthused. They were so good, and on such a bigger level than anyone that we were into had attained at that point.

I hope I’m not just romanticising this because I’ve just seen the Julien Temple film about Joe, which I loved. But the gig was incredible. Paul and Joe were pogoing around the stage, using every square inch of space, Joe snarling and screaming and leering. Everything seemed faster and louder and meaner than anything I’d heard before.


Not even UNCUTs war-weary gig-hounds have been to every great show in history – but you lot probably have.

Email Allan_Jones@ipcmedia.com, or share your memories in the comments box below, of the ones we might have missed, and we’ll publish the best in a future issue!


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