Dylan Taite interviews UK punk rock legends The Clash at Auckland Railway Station during their 1982 NZ tour in this RWP report. Squinting in the sunlight frontman Joe Strummer is typically passionate about the power of music to effect change and the importance of them staying together (although guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon would be fired within 15 months). With songbook at hand, they perform willing if somewhat ramshackle acoustic versions of Woody Guthrie’s ‘Who's Going to Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet’ and the folk standard ‘Shenandoah’.
We’d play to old age pensioners if they’d have us but we don’t have to. The Stones are taking care of that now.– Joe Strummer