Viv Albertine, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes Music, Music, Music Boys, Boys, Boys


By Viv Albertine, 421 pages. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press

Viviane Katrina Louise “Viv” Albertine is a British singer and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the all-female English punk group, The Slits. She dated Mick Jones while he was putting together his new band, The Clash. He later wrote “Train in Vain,” considered to be the band’s biggest hit, about her. Its refrain was a poison dart: “Did you stand by me? No not at all.”

After laying eyes on the cover photo of Patti Smith’s 1975 album “Horses,” taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, Viv writes: “I have never seen a girl who looks like this. She is my soul made visible, all the things I hide deep inside myself that can’t come out.” (Courtesy of the NY Times Book Review section, see related article below).

Hey Policeman My Boot Goes In Your Face

I love this send up with Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish. What a great English working class accent he possesses to embellish his punk rock character. Ian Rubbish began as an SNL character and is one of my personal favorites.


The Clash: The Last Gang in Town
A Short Documentary about The Clash by Ian Rubbish (Fred Armisen)

You’ll laugh when you see Mick Jones and Paul Simonon laughing as Rubbish mentions their song “White Riot,” only to explain, “We had a song called ‘White Riot As Well.'”

Compare and contrast this Funny or Die video with The Clash Audio Ammunition Series on YouTube by Google Play.


Boom Box Set and more from The Clash on September 9th

We never let go of that teenage angst, it lives deep inside the male psyche 😉  The Clash embody raw tension with the best of them. The Clash has been hard at work remastering their recordings and packaging up two forthcoming compilations for their fans.

First there will be a box set designed by Paul Simonon to replicate an 80’s boom box. I made a steady habit out of carrying my large Sony AM/FM radio all over the place 1969-1971. It was a predecessor to the boom box craze that hit in the 80’s.

Here is a picture of what comes with The Clash Sound System when you preorder it directly from The Clash Store (Live Nation). You will save $40 versus buying from amazon. Secondly, you are entitled to some exclusive extras. If you are an autograph collector like me you will receive extra with your $169 order (plus shipping/tax)…

  • 3 Exclusive Screen Savers for immediate digital download.
  • Exclusive Canvas Patch: Re-creation of an early Clash SEW ON CANVAS SCREENPRINT approx 18cm x 12 cm – 7 x 5 inches. Printed with Joe’s signature. Paul, Mick and Topper will autograph each piece of canvas. (CLSBN001)

As part of the 12 vinyl CDs you will get,

The Clash Hits Back which features 33 of the band’s iconic tracks, across a 2-CD set. The tracklisting is sequenced from the band’s legendary Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982 and contains the best studio recordings of the full set, plus 8 additional iconic tracks. It comes with the original setlist, handwritten by Joe Strummer which he would tape to the back of his Telecaster before each gig.

“Every show was different. Joe would spend a lot of time composing the running order, considering dynamics, emotional impact and the key the songs were in. This record is based on Joe’s setlist from The Casbah Club UK Tour, Brixton Fairdeal, 10th July 1982”. -Mick, Paul & Topper.

No time like the present to start saving those pennies 😉

“The Only Band That Matters” – The Clash

When I am at a low ebb I reach for a healthy dose of The Clash. I can’t articulate why they pull me out of the doldrums like they do. They just slide out the best rock and roll energy evah.

I love their moniker “The Only Band That Matters”.  Ain’t that the truth 😉

So what’s your favorite song and album by The Clash?

I’ll tell you mine.

Favorite Clash Song: “Should I Stay or Should I Go

Favorite Clash Album: Sandinista!

Coca-Cola Music and Spotify, A Strategic Partnership

The Olympic Games begin on July 27, a scant six days from now. Coca-Cola has a long-standing history with the Olympics. They are the longest continuous sponsor of the Olympics since 1928. The world will be focused on London, England and international competition. The purpose of this blog post is to share what is known about the strategic partnership between Coca-Cola and Spotify.

The London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games unites us all. I love that music plays a strategic role in motivating us for the  Olympiad. Every time I see the  London Calling  commercial by British Airways I bristle with anticipation. It’s raised The Clash, “The Only Band That Matters” to a new level with a new audience. Here is the UK version… (Go Team USA!)

The Olympics opening ceremony will be closed out by Paul McCartney. This video from Paul is a great tongue in cheek about the pull the plug curfew incident.

Before I digress any further about the Olympics and music, let me get back to the reason for this blog post. Yesterday we celebrated Spotify’s First Year Birthday in the U.S.A. I discovered during my research that a strategic partnership has formed between Coca-Cola and Spotify. I find this partnership appealing on multiple levels.

Under the terms of the agreement, Spotify will be the key underlying technology for Coca-Cola Music globally, supporting the brand’s mission to give consumers universal access to music. In addition, Coca-Cola will integrate Spotify into its Facebook presence and Timeline, creating a seamless social music experience. This partnership takes advantage of the existing Spotify relationship with Facebook and the Coca-Cola Facebook audience of over 40 million fans to create a social experience that will reach millions of interconnected consumers around the world.

According to Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, “Spotify and Coca-Cola both believe that music, technology and creativity can connect people around the globe.”

The main level of appeal for me is the technology initiative between the two companies. I teach an ethical hacking course and I am learning that music hack events (called hackdens, hackjams, hackathons) abound these days. The video from the Coca-Cola Press Center shows how energized Spotify & Coca-Cola and hackers got with their April 14-15 2012 hackden in New York City (if only I had known….)

The winning software development team was London Calling. The new app will be unveiled for the 2012 Olympics in London. Musicofourheart will get back to you when the app launches!