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Sounds Around Town
2008-08-21 06:35
by Alex Belth

I was downtown last night near Washington Square Park, crossing Fifth avenue, when I saw a black kid on a skateboard gliding up the street.  He was listening to music and singing loudly.  I smiled and thought, man, I really don't get around downtown much anymore.  You just don't see people uptown expressing themselves with such theatricality--here I am, hear me, love me or screw off, I don't care. 

I couldn't make out what he was singing until I heard, "I live by the river."

Ah-ha. That made me smile even more.  Wouldn't have pegged him for a Clash fan.

2008-08-21 06:48:59
1.   Sliced Bread
Yeah, you don't hear the Strummer howl in midtown anymore, that's for sure.
2008-08-21 08:32:26
2.   Saburo
Cool. A friend and I were driving around town last weekend listening to the "London Calling" album, something I haven't heard in years.

It's also the album where there's something for everyone. Turned out my friend's fave Clash song is "Rudie Can't Fail." I never would have guessed that in years.

I read a few days ago (on a Japanese fansite) that a "Live at Shea Stadium" package is planned for release. I wonder if that would be worth checking out?

2008-08-21 09:22:58
3.   Sliced Bread
2 I'd say it's worth checking out.
From what I just read, the disc is their entire set warming up for The Who in Oct. '82. It's their second night at Shea. I actually saw them the previous night. As I recall, the sound wasn't great, so I'm very curious to hear what I missed. I was lucky to see them 4 times in the early 80s, but only once was the sound good. The other times (especially a show at Hofstra University) it was just too loud, and blown out. Had a great time at all the shows though, even if my ears literally buzzed for days afterward.

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