Bear in mind when… Punk isn’t extinct at all,


In 1981, EDINBURGH band The Oppressed sang “Punk’s Not Dead” and even made it to Top of the Pops with “Dead Cities,” the same year, but this is where it all started: with bands such as Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash.

In fact, punk, influenced by New York bands in the mid-70s, was largely a London movement, and few Scottish bands made the breakthrough, with the exception of Dunfermline’s The Skids and fellow East Coasters, The Rezillos.

However, The Clash was one of the originals, and when they played at the Fixx Pub on Miller Street in Glasgow in 1985, they proved to be a success. The band was on a busking tour and as the band split up the next year, the gig was something of a last hurrah for The Clash.

Russell Leadbetter, particularly on Friday nights, described the Fixx as a dim, cramped yet atmospheric place. He says he’s still regretting skipping the gig.

Seven years ago, at the Glasgow Apollo, The Clash performed a gig. The bouncers were considered to be bullies who picked on fans, and news spread that this would be one of the last gigs at the concert hall on Renfield Street, known for its boisterous crowd coming from all over Scotland.

Singer Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones told the bouncers to stop fighting with the dancing people in the crowd over the microphone. The bouncers reportedly wanted vengeance on the crowd “Apollo Memories,” according to Martin Kielty’s book “for making their lives hell over the years.”

Subsequently, Joe and Paul Simonon were dragged away for being “drunk and disorderly” by plainclothes police officers outside the venue and spent the night in the jail – along with many other show fans.

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