4 Feb 2012

The Clash in New Zealand: Revolution Rock

From RNZ Music, 4:01 pm on 4 February 2012
The Clash, 1983.

The Clash, 1983 Photo: Courtesy Sony Music

1982 saw one of the first tours by a British punk band since the beginnings of the movement six years earlier, when iconic punk band The Clash played Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in February 1982.

New Zealand had one of the most active punk scenes in the world and fans were more than ready to welcome The Clash when they finally arrived.

Among those fans were future TV presenter John Campbell, radio personality Martin Devlin, filmmaker Jonathan King and others (Andrew Schmidt, Deejay Dubhead, Benny Staples, Haunui Royal, Adam Holt, Stewart Macpherson, Paul Rose, Jonathan Ganley, Martin Devlin, Michael Higgins and Dave Yetton), who share their memories of the historic tour that helped shaped the sound of New Zealand music.

Hear recordings from the actual shows along with a few outrageous stories that cropped up along the way.

Produced and presented by Marty Duda and engineered by Jeremy Ansell For Radio New Zealand National.

See Jonathan Ganley’s photos of The Clash in Auckland in 1982