When The Clash played a residency at New York’s Bond International Casino in 1981 in support of their album Sandinista!, Starfleet recorded two nights of shows to broadcast on its network of FM stations. Those recordings have been sitting dormant in an archive until recently purchased by Paste’s parent company Wolfgang’s Vault, and one of those concerts is now available free to stream exclusively at Paste.
The intimate venue, an old department store that had been converted into a swanky dancehall for socialites, was oversold by greedy promoters. When angry ticketholders couldn’t get in (the New York Fire Department counted 3,600 heads for a venue that legally held 1,750), they canceled the May 30 show in what became known at The Time Square Riot of 1981. The Clash responded by extending the run from eight nights to 17 in order to accommodate everyone who’d purchased a ticket. And each show featured a different opening act, including The Fall, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains and Lee “Scratch” Perry.
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