One Friday in February, 2013, KEXP Morning Show host John Richards decided that one Clash song wasn’t enough, and so International Clash Day was born. This year, KEXP observes the fourth annual International Clash Day on Friday, February 5th, with twelve hours of music by the UK punk stalwarts, as well as rarities, side projects, and an exclusive interview with Julien Temple starting at 6:00 AM.
Dow Constantine Proclamation
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Mayor Ed Murray Proclamation
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“International Clash Day was created because of our love of great music, the rebellious nature of the band, the insane catalog to play from and because there really was nothing else going on that day,” said KEXP DJ John Richards.
And this year, the tradition is growing. Both King County, WA, and Bridgwater, UK, officially declared Friday “International Clash Day.”
“The Clash were dubbed ‘The Only Band That Matters’ by their record company and, for once, the promo guys’ hyperbole wasn’t far off,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “I played the Clash on every one of my KCMU shows in the early 1980s, and in May 1982 I road tripped to the Kerrisdale Arena, a small hockey rink in Vancouver BC, to see them for the first time. The social conscience and range of musical influences that the Clash brought to punk opened the door to experimentation and diversity in a genre that had grown stale and formulaic.”
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Bridgwater, in Southwest England, was home to Joe Strummer during his last years. Councilor Brian Smedley, leader of the Bridgwater Town Council and a former punk rock musician who played in a support act to Strummer and the Mescaleros at his final Bridgwater concert a month before he died, led the Bridgwater proclamation effort.
According to Cllr. Smedley, “Strummer moved to Bridgwater after he saw our world famous carnival where two of the acts were playing his songs. He said ‘This is a Clash town and I want to live here’. It was a good choice because Bridgwater has a great radical history, being the first town in Britain to petition against Slavery in 1785, the only town in Britain to vote against Hitler and the Munich Agreement in 1938 and the last town in England to rise in rebellion against a King — the Monmouth rebellion of 1685. Which we lost. We‘ve also got a great music scene in Bridgwater with the first Arts Centre in the Country and pubs full of live music.”
The Engine Room, an innovative non-profit film and media center in Bridgwater, will celebrate International Clash Day with an event from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM GMT featuring music, video clips and an official reading of the Bridgwater proclamation. Joe Strummer played one of his last shows on November 17, 2002, at the Palace Theater in Bridgwater as a benefit to raise funds for The Engine Room.
International Clash Day will also feature KEXP DJ El Toro’s exclusive interview with Julien Temple, who directed many acclaimed documentaries on the U.K. music scene, including Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, which won the British Independent Film Awards as Best British Documentary in 2007.
“It was very important to Joe that he wasn’t deified as some kind of distant pop star,” said Temple. “His big thing was listening to what people said, getting close to people. That was something that I very much wanted to convey [in the film]: that he was a flawed but inspiring human being… he made the contradictions within himself the source of the energy for his creativity, so I don’t think he was scared of it. I think in the end he knew that that’s sort of what made him tick.”
Over the years, KEXP has played a lot of The Clash. The most played Clash song since we began keeping track in 2001 is “Police On My Back,” coming in at 219 plays.
Throughout the day, KEXP DJs John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole will be giving away copies of The Essential Clash, a career-spanning 2-CD collection of their greatest hits.
At the end of the day, a grand prize winner will be drawn to win The Clash Sound System box set, a box set originated, designed, and produced by The Clash themselves. The Clash Sound System is the band’s re-mastered recorded works collected together for the first time. Contained within classic boombox packaging designed by Paul Simonon, this boxset contains the band’s five seminal studio albums in their original 8-disc format, newly re-mastered by The Clash, a further three discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides, a DVD with previously unseen footage by both Don Letts and Julien Temple, original promo videos and live footage, an owner’s manual booklet, reprints of the band’s original Armagideon Times fanzine as well as a brand new edition curated and designed by Paul Simonon and merchandise including dog tags, badges, stickers and an exclusive Clash poster.
International Clash Day Events:
· Saturday, February 6: SOLD OUT! THANK YOU! The Skylark Cafe in Seattle will host a KEXP New Home benefit featuring Polyrhythmics, Skullbot, Solvents, and the Dumps performing songs of the Clash. Doors open at 9:00 PM. Click here for tickets and more info.