During August the Clash had been busy in the studio recording their next single for CBS. Hearing Lee 'Scratch' Perry was in town producing Bob Marleys hit 'Jammin' 45. Bernie Rhodes set out to track him down. Perry had co-written and produced Clash cover, 'Police & Thieves' for, Junior Murvin. Intrigued by this very different but politically and spiritually-aligned music, Lee agreed to take the matter further. Bernie persuaded him to produce a session with the Clash at Sarm East studios in Whitechapel, London. The band chose 'Pressure Drop' and 'Complete Control', one example each from the reggae and punk genres, in the hope that the master reggae producer would help them perfect the hybrid. Unfortunately, Scratch seemed interested in learning how to capture the punk sound in a suitably punk timespan - he was in and out in 15 minutes - and although the band enjoyed the experience they felt the result fell between two stools. This version of 'Pressure Drop' was shelved, and Micky Foote (Clash soundman) went back into the studio with 'Complete Control' and remixed it with louder guitars.
PLYMOUTH, Woods Centre another one of their secret concerts tonight in Plymouth as "The Hamsters." Rumors about these secret concerts is spreading so far afield that people are travelling great distances to see the Sex Pistols and then quite often being disappointed when they can't play, or don't show up at all. There also is the growing feeling that the hype about the Sex Pistols being banned in London is just that, hype. In reality, there have been no applications with the Greater London Council for a Sex Pistols gig in London this year. A fact Malcolm McLaren (Manager) had hidden from the band?
Who have been very quite since their last excursion to Europe make a rare British appearance outside the Capital at Barbarellas, Birmingham tonight.
Silver Threads, Paisley, Scotland
Cardiff, Top Rank
The Squire, Bromley
THOSE NAUGHTY LUMPS
Havana Club , Liverpool
Nags Head, Corby