The legendary gig that Joe Strummer, singer from the Punk Rock band ‘The Clash’, attended and inspired his writing their classic track ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’ took place on the 5 June 1977. At the Hammersmith Palais venue on Shepherds Bush Road W.6, London during the height of Punk Mania. The full line – up for the show were all Jamaican artists Dillenger, Leroy Smart, Delroy Wilson (all the first time from Jamaica) and Ken Boothe. ``Ken Boothe for U.K. pop-reggae’’, who had already scored some hits with `Everything I Own’ and `Crying Over You’ in 1974. Joe Strummer was expecting Roots, Rock, Reggae but the Sound System this evening `Admiral Ken Sound’ was playing ”Four Tops all night’’ as in soul and northern soul that were staple crowd pleasers at the time to warm up the audience, but in Joe’s eyes the music should have reflected more Jamaican roots based music. The song also deals with bigger issues of black and white unity, but some people including the Punk Rockers; “They’re all too busy fighting, for a good place under the lighting’’. Joe Strummer himself was looking for fun: ”I’m the Whiteman in the Palais… Just looking for fun’’.
A1 –Delroy Wilson Cool Operator A2 –Leroy Smart Mr Smart A3 –Ken Boothe I'm Not For Sale A4 –Dillinger Babylon Yard A5 –Delroy Wilson Better Must Come A6 –Dillinger Leggo Violence A7 –Leroy Smart Mr Rich Man
B1 –Delroy Wilson (Mash It Up Illeteracy) Mash It Up B2 –Ken Boothe You're No Good B3 –Leroy Smart God Helps The Man B4 –Delroy Wilson Can I Change Your Mind B5 –Dillinger Answer Me Question B6 –Leroy Smart Pride And Ambition B7 –Delroy Wilson You Must Believe Me
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