All videos directed by Don Letts except 'Tommy Gun' directed by Keef & Co & 'White Riot' directed by Lindsey Clinell. 'Hell W10' directed by Joe Strummer - DVD Art Direction: Paul Simonon - Cover photos: Pennie Smith - Sleeve: Jules Balme at Vegas
Joe Strummer's dead. Mick Jones is bald. Paul Simonon's gone respectable. God knows what's happened to Topper Headon. And times haven't just changed for the individual members of the Clash. Their old stomping ground Notting Hill has become a haven for wealthy bankers following Hugh Grant's whitewash of a film. The Hammersmith Palais, so memorably used in White Man in Hammersmith Palais has been renamed Po Na Na and now hosts the despicable School Disco club night. It's been 25 years since The Clash spat out their first stuttering chords, and London is a very different town to the one they set out to shake up and tear apart. Thank God, then, that their city and their legacy as the best British band since the Beatles has been captured so vividly on The Essential Clash DVD.