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Mick Jones

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    New Doc Explores the Clash's Dismal End Times

    The Rise and Fall of the Clash Directed by Danny Garcia Shout! Factory, 90 mins., $13.98 In the interest of truth in titling, the "Rise" in this DVD could have been eliminated, as this rock doc details the ramshackle demise of "the only band that mattered." And to that end, makes for a more interes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Coachella Before Coachella: The 1983 US Festival

    US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 Directed by Glen Aveni MVD Visuals, 135 minutes, $19.95 In 1982, flush with cash, Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak wanted to throw "a big party" and create an '80s version of Woodstock that would combine a music festival with displays and demonstrations about emerg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Don Letts on the Legacy of the Clash and the Girl Joe Strummer Stole Away

    Check out part 1 of our interview with Don Letts by clicking here. Film and video director Don Letts has a lengthy and varied resume, but is most associated with The Clash. The new all-compassing band box set, Sound System (Sony) includes a DVD of Letts' concert, promo, and atmospheric videos he sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    "Like Four Sticks of Dynamite" - Clash Compadre Don Letts on Band's Videos

    Even among music listeners used to lavish box sets, The Clash - Sound System (Sony) is something to behold. The 11 CDs include every studio album the group released (save for, oddly, last gasp Cut the Crap), along with dozens of rarities, live cuts, B-sides, and remixes. A remastered DVD offers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    The 10 Dumbest Things Overheard at SXSW This Year

    For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones. Years of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Opening for Clapton Makes the Wallflowers Glad All Over

    When listeners first heard the hypnotic, disco-inflected "Reboot the Mission," the first single off the Wallflowers' recent Glad All Over CD, they could probably be forgiven for the momentary shock. But upon closer listen, the song's roots were more firmly planted in Clash numbers like "The Magnific ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012
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    September 13, 2012

    The Clash In Houston, 1979: The Devil In Mick Jones

    Rewind: The Clash In Houston, 1979: A Case of Legionaire's Disease During The Clash's October 1979 show at Cullen Theater, photographer Andy Abbott, situated in the front row with 35mm camera gear at the ready, began snapping pics of Jerry Anomie of headliners Legionaire's Disease Band when, he say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    The Clash In Houston, 1979: A Case of Legionaire's Disease

    By the time The Clash hit Houston's Cullen Theater on October 5, 1979, Lester Bangs had described their tour-de-force as "desperation uncontrived, unstaged, a fury unleashed on the stage ... real pain that connects with the nerves of the audience." Yet Texans had already been enthralled by the Sex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Exterminate: 5 Songs For the Daleks

    Note to my fellow Whovians: This is being written in the past, so I have no idea how much then-me will have enjoyed the first episode of the season (now). If you want to read what I will have thought you can see that at this link, but please pop back over here and let then me know in the comments wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    The Best Post-Clash Joe Strummer Songs

    Today would have been Joe Strummer's 60th birthday, but he passed away in December 2002 of a heart attack, days before Christmas. He left behind a wife and three daughters, plus thousands of years of music and memories. The loss was like a punch to the gut, made even more bitter because he and f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    When Car Commercials And Rock And Roll Collide

    This weekend is the big Houston Art Car Parade, where children and adults of all ages can gander at their fellow Houstonians' labors of car love. Each car is a marvel to the ingenuity and the insanity of this race known as the modern Texan. The Art Car festivities have cars on our brains. Rock a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Gimme Some Truth: What Happens When Rabid Fans & Bands Meet

    ​We have all been there. You may have had a few drinks, you are at your favorite band's show, and you come to find yourself in the vicinity of one of your heroes. Word vomit. Torrential word vomit. But you mean well. "I really think youse guys is great and your albums really means a lots to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Gorillaz's New Album Includes Song About Houston

    ​ Christmas morning, Rocks Off got to hear the new Gorillaz album, The Fall, recorded entirely on an iPad by leader Damon Albarn as the super-group made their way through the States on tour this past October. Most every city on the run got a song dedicated to it, including Texas towns Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Katy Perry? For Album Of The Year? Seriously?

    ​Don't get Craig's Hlist wrong, we think that Katy Perry is extremely attractive. In fact, if we think about her long enough, it makes us want to cry and punch a wall. She's a buxom, bubbly, raven-haired pop star who dresses like she's expensive grandma candy. We even interviewed her last ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Last Night: Gorillaz At Toyota Center

    Photos by Jim Bricker​ Gorillaz Toyota Center October 19, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. Gorillaz may have overspent on their first-ever extended tour. True, the entire concept is that the group is officially made up of four cartoon characters, so there kind of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Bankrobbers: The Clash Family Tree

    ​Rocks Off cried the night he heard Joe Strummer died. It was December 2002, and we sat on our family couch and let it all out. That fabled Clash reunion that seemed just months away would never happen. Strummer died of a heart attack at 50, just three days before Christmas, leaving behind a w ... More >>

  • Music

    April 23, 2009
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    April 17, 2009

    Local Album of the Week: Leela James' Let's Do It Again

    Leela James Let's Do It Again www.leelajames.com To understand what an arresting, puzzling record Leela James' Let's Do It Again really is, look no further than the L.A. native and adopted Houstonian's cover of Foreigner's mid-'80s soft-rock/gospel-lite singalong "I Want to Know What Love Is." ... More >>

  • Music

    April 2, 2009
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    December 24, 2008

    Lost Tuneage: Spooky Tooth

    Who Dat? Spooky Tooth was formed in 1967 out of the ashes of a band called Art, which featured Mike Harrison (vocals/keyboards), Luther Grosvenor (guitar), Greg Ridley (bass), and Mike Kellie (drums). Signed to Chris Blackwell's Island label, Art's debut album went nowhere. Blackwell spotted vocal ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008
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    November 3, 2008

    Get Lit: The Clash by the Clash

    Isn’t a lavish, coffee table hardcover book on “The Only Band That Mattered” something of a sell-out, a blatant attempt at a cold cash grab reaching out to middle-aged men whose Mohawks have turned grey or mall kids who think the Ramones are too soft? Apparently so, according to co-autho ... More >>

  • Music

    September 25, 2008
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    September 11, 2008
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    September 4, 2008
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    March 15, 2008
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    March 14, 2008

    SXSW: Iglu and Hartly, How’s Your News?, Boyz Noize and Hanson

    My first full evening at SXSW started off by stumbling to the Cedar Door on Brazos, full of TGI Friday's cheap ass margaritas and the hope that I would see the band Wheatus. Yeah, remember "Teenage Dirtbag"? Those guys are still out there plugging away at whatever dull hope the utopia of the year 20 ... More >>

  • Film

    December 6, 2007

    Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

    Joe Strummer transcends punk, and the music lives on

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Get Lit: Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer, by Chris Salewicz

    For all the anti-establishment rabble-rousing of his music and endless booze-and-spliff-permeated pub musings, Joe Strummer was stoked the Clash was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was furiously working toward reuniting the classic lineup for the 2003 ceremony, if only to rip ... More >>

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Scott Faingold Listens to Everything

    And comes up with a random smattering of tortured musings

  • Film

    May 18, 2006

    Shell Game

    Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Bones of Contention

    Scientists fear that Lucy might be a crack exhibit for Houston

  • Film

    August 19, 2004

    Future Shock

    Michael Winterbottom paints a plausibly problematic tomorrow in Code 46

  • Music

    June 24, 2004

    !!!

    Louden Up Now (Touch and Go)

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    He Ain't Ever Coming Back

    Joe Strummer, a titan of the Clash

  • Film

    February 25, 1999

    Play It Again, Sham

    A band reunion becomes gentle satire in Still Crazy

  • Music

    August 6, 1998
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    April 23, 1998
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