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New Year's Day (1977) with The Clash
« on: December 27, 2014, 03:52:18 PM »
BBC 4 / Julien Temple are really spoiling us during the festive season. After last year's "Never Mind The Baubles" about Xmas with The Sex Pistols, it's The Clash from 1977 this year:

The Clash: New Year's Day '77 - BBC 4 22.45:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04w08p6

"Built around the earliest, until now unseen, footage of the Clash in concert, filmed by Julien Temple as they opened the infamous Roxy club in a dilapidated Covent Garden on January 1st 1977, this show takes us on a time-travelling trip back to that strange planet that was Great Britain in the late 1970s and the moment when punk emerged into the mainstream consciousness.

Featuring the voices of Joe Strummer and the Clash from the time, and intercutting the raw and visceral footage of this iconic show, with telling moments from the BBC's New Year's Eve, Hogmanay and New Year's Day schedules of nearly 40 years ago, it celebrates that great enduring British custom of getting together, en masse and often substantially the worse for wear, to usher in the New Year.

New Year's Day is when we collectively take the time to reflect on the year that has just gone by and ponder what the new one might hold in store for us. Unknown to the unsuspecting British public, 1977 was of course the annus mirabilis of punk. The year in which the Clash themselves took off, catching the imagination of the nation's youth. As their iconic song, 1977, counts us down to midnight, we'll share with them and Joe Strummer, in previously unseen interviews from the time, their hopes and predictions for the 12 months ahead."
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Re: New Year's Day (1977) with The Clash
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2015, 05:09:58 PM »
Well it was OK but the footage of the gig was quite limited and did they show any songs entirely without fading out for a voice over or switching to another riot scene?

Julian Temple has developed his documentary model, and his particular punk narrative now, and they all seem quite similar as a result. Still better than nothing!

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Re: New Year's Day (1977) with The Clash
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2015, 07:47:07 PM »
I find Temple's way of filling out his films more than a little annoying, esp his habit of pointing out the posh knobs having a whale of a time whilst Joe Punklic freezes his raggety arse off, or showing some Shakespeare play or film to illustrate what he perceives to be a valid point, which more often than not turns out not to be valid at all, just his middle-class view of the time.

Still...you got to see a bit of unseen footage.

It all seems so long ago, yet still relevant.
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