Chapter 5

Celluloid Heroes

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.

Hits Back
Part 1

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

Part 2

On New York and the Arts Crowd

Photo by Bruno Ehrs [Wikimedia Commons]
Photo by Larry Rodgers [Wikimedia Commons]
Photo by Henrich Klafffs [Wikimedia Commons]
Photo by Brisbane City Council [Wikimedia Commons]

“It looked like he was sticking two fingers up from the window anyway, he might have regretted it later” — Mick

Part 3

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