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Don't Gis A Job.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Jude Fawley, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Their biggest fanbase were 13-16 year olds who had parents, probably with banal jobs, that provided them with the money to buy albums, posters & concert tickets.

    The band wouldn’t have been included on radio playlists for long without being a commercial success for music execs.

    Bernard Rhodes worked hard all his life from leaving the orphanage at 16 and was the main driving force behind their entire image. The Clash, as you know them, wouldn’t have existed without his innate entrepreneurship and workaholic outlook on life.

    Strummer credits Rhodes as his mentor, stating "He constructed The Clash and focused our energies and we repaid him by being really good at what we did".[16] Rhodes told them to write about social issues occurring at the time, i.e., the housing problems, lack of education, dead-end futures.[16] Strummer said that Rhodes was the only one who understood how one should go about getting known.[16]


    To be fair to the band they did stick to their left wing principles and took many financial hits themselves to stay true to their core messages. The record companies didn’t though.

    The band's political sentiments were reflected in their resistance to the music industry's usual profit motivations; even at their peak, tickets to shows and souvenirs were reasonably priced.[44] The group insisted that CBS sell their double and triple album sets London Calling and Sandinista! for the price of a single album each (then £5), succeeding with the former and compromising with the latter by agreeing to sell it for £5.99 and forfeit all their performance royalties on its first 200,000 sales.[103] These "VFM" (value for money) principles meant that they were constantly in debt to CBS, and only started to break even around 1982.[1]

  2. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    I disagree.
  3. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    No! That makes a change :D.
    EmanuelShadrack likes this.
  4. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    That's news to me.
  5. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Did The Clash and their management not work hard to become the success they were? Is professional musician not a job? It’s called the music business for a reason.
    knitone likes this.
  6. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Yes...but then Mr Peakster has a habit of having somewhat square views. He even considers Ofsted to be useful!
  7. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Another shocker.
  8. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Public school boy...manufactured outrage.
  9. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Indeed. Biggest fanbase more likely 18 to mid 20s (the Smiths...not the Clash...who were teeniebop).
  10. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    @peakster is fully entitled to his opinions be they square, rectangular or spherical in nature.
  11. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    You’re probably correct.
    Kandahar likes this.
  12. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    The fans of the hard working bands with steady jobs you mean?
  13. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Seeing jamvic's cake pictures are making my mouth water.
    Jamvic and ilovesooty like this.
  14. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    May I interrupt to ask why your username defines you as nealswife?
  15. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Indeed. And I'm entitled to say that I disagree.
  16. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    I believe that her husband was called Neale
  17. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter


    Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
    Jolly_Roger15 likes this.
  18. LiamD

    LiamD Occasional commenter

    As a life-long Clash fan, I have to ask what you mean by this?
  19. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Teen Bop is nothing to be ashamed about. The Beatles enshrined the genre during their formative years. Some groups attract younger followers, some older followers such as The Enid, or Van der Graaf Generator.
  20. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    I knew other teens when I was young to whom 'being on the brew' was no big deal and who seemed to quite like the mooching around. I don't think it was a particularly odd thing, and I can't remember any animosity to them as we often hung around or drank together.
    LiamD likes this.

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