In 1980, The Clash starred in their own film, Rude Boy, following the life of a fictitious roadie, played by a fan called Ray Gange. The movie had little in common with the wacky cinematic adventures of ’60s pop groups like The Beatles and The Monkees; instead, it showed the chaos and violence surrounding The Clash’s gigs in the punk era, with exhilarating virile footage of them performing live, hanging around on tour and arriving at court to answer charges for an incident involving Headon and Simonon shooting racing pigeons with an air rifle. The film director, David Mingay, also weaved in a gritty subplot about a young black youth in London falling foul of racist police attitudes.
On the lack of live Clash footage
“You do a concert these days and you look at the audience and they’re all holding their phone up” — Paul
On New York and the Arts Crowd
“It looked like he was sticking two fingers up from the window anyway, he might have regretted it later” — Mick
On sneaking people into their gigs, and the inclusive nature of the scene
“I can’t tell you the amount of people that come up to me even now and go ‘oh you got me in such and such place’ it was great, we must have all of us got in so many people” — Mick