The Clash

''Everything's fucked! It's down to individual people to make life enjoyable. I don't have anything more to say than that. I think people should avoid the world fucking them up. People are becoming too uptight, treating their children bad, being negative.''

''I have a big legacy of The Clash to live up to and I don't intend to uriny on a legend. I intend to build forward into the next century. The music has to be by the musicians, and there's too much changing things by the record company. I got a message for everyone in a record company: We don't care if you lose your job! You ruin music and I'll get all the smoothers out off the way, the people who smooth the sound off. Let the musicians have the music the way they want it, and not the way you think the grandmothers and 3-year olds will gonna buy it. 'Cause this is not about 3-year olds or grandmothers... This is Rock and Roll!''

- Joe Strummer

A wealth of pics and info about their stay in Amsterdam here, including their DJ set, courtesy the excellent Black Market Clash fansite.

Here's a bonus - The Clash playing with Joe Ely (site), doing Ely's "Fingernails". This was the third to last show with Mick Jones, whose last gig with the Clash was the US Festival on May 28th.

The Clash w/ Joe Ely "Fingernails" (1983-05-22 Majestic Theater, San Antonio)

''Whether it's jazz or punk or anything else, you have to fight against the purists who want to narrow the definition. That's what kills music because it stifles it to death.''

-Joe Strummer (thanks Gabi)

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