Someone had pointed out to me the other day that the auction house Christie was going to auction off some items from the late 70's-80's, including some "rare" Clash memorabilia. Being a long time fan of The Clash (Note:I own all the music, own many/most of the known live recordings that were never sold publicly and have all the books outside of a few Fluff ones...I have no use for a Clash coloring book for example but do have a collection of intellectual essays describing the effect of the Clash on 20th century culture: many contend they were one of the bands to bring rap to the forefront with their early release of the "Magnificent Dance" which played heavily on WBLS in NYC.) I was curious and hoped to even bid on some items that I thought were worthy of a collector. Sadly, I have to say I was disappointed and terribly annoyed by what I found on the Christie site: Lack of due diligence on their part really infuriated me as I felt it was totally misleading to the potential bidder.
Know your Stuff!
On the site Christie's lists this being an album having been signed by everyone from the band implying everyone who worked/created this 3 record album. Signatures on the album cover: Joe Strummer (check), Mick Jones (check), Paul Simonon (check) and finally Terry Chimes....Hmmm. Terry Chimes? Did Terry Chimes work on the album? NOT.
Seriously Christie's are you so daft not to even check the liner notes. Original and true member Topper Headon (wrote and recorded "Rock the Casbah") drummed on this album. It is a nice to have Chimes signature, but he did not play on the album. He may have played on certain dates on the supporting tour due to some health issues Headon had (he fell into some heavy drug use during this time), but in no way did he play/write on this album. I would be surprised if he even spoke to the members of the Clash during this time. Chimes did play on the first album, but soon after recording he left the band because he wanted to be in rock n'roll for the sex, drugs and fancy cars and he soon learned that the Shepard's Bush boys had NO interest in the trappings of success and the filthy lucre of "the man." Terry was credited on the first album with a faux name: Torry Crimes.
For any true collector this album cover signed by the members of the band is not significant enough to warrant the price. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
Are you stupid? This print is not bad, but worth the asking price? The price is too obscene for this site. I have seen similar prints for less on eBay, so don't waste your cash. But the stupid part to this auction lot is the inclusion of a "rare" promo poster for "Cut the Crap" album....No Clash fan ever brings up "Cut the Crap", as it was the album that came after Joe and Mick had their falling out (Mick left/got kicked out). No true Clash fan would ever hang on their wall a poster for "Cut The Crap" because as Joe said years later in a radio interview (yes I have that recorded as well...I can play 7 degrees of separation with Joe Strummer....usually only takes me 3 degrees) that the album should have been called "Cut the Shit" because it was shit. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
I thought this item for auction was of note because of the "two for a fiver!" The Clash made this album somewhat against the wishes of the record company as a two album set: the record company wanted 2 seperate albums and the Clash insisted on "London Calling" being one long play double record album. It is of note because the Clash were always about the fan. The Sandinista album was a three album set for the price of one and almost was not released because the Clash were so adamant about having a big album for their fans. (Note: they went so far as to hide the master tapes in a vault refusing to budge on this issue till the record company complied)
The only thing that is worth a dime:
This is a poster from the Bond's show, which was a monumental series of shows. When ever I meet someone who is 10 years my senior who was into music and lived in NY at the time I always ask if they went to the Bonds show. One of the most important series of live shows. Futura, and Grand Master Flash played at the show highlighting the music revolution known as rap that was in its infancy.
This would be the only thing worth bidding on.
I started to go through all the Sex Pistol memorabilia in order to pick it apart and then I remembered something: No one reads my blog so why do I care if people would be stupid enough to waste their money on unimportant pieces of pop culture? I don't.