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Rude Boy
Rude Boy film.jpeg
Directed byJack Hazan, David Mingay
Written byDavid Mingay, Ray Gange, Jack Hazan
StarringRay Gange, The Clash
Release date13 March 1980
Running time133 mins
127 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Rude Boy is a 1980 British film directed by Jack Hazan and David Mingay and filmed in 1978 and early 1979.

The film, part fiction, part rockumentary, tells the story of Ray Gange, a Clash fan who leaves his job in a Soho sex shop to become a roadie for the band.[1][2][3] The film includes footage of the Clash at a Rock Against Racism concert at Victoria Park,[1] on their "On Parole" and "Sort It Out" tours,[4] and in the studio recording the album Give 'Em Enough Rope. The film was named after the rude boy subculture.

Contents

  • 1 Release and reception
  • 2 Clash reaction
  • 3 Cast
  • 4 Songs performed
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Release and reception

In 1980, the film won the Honorable Mention, and was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.[5] It was re-released on DVD the UK in 2003 by Fremantle Media with a host of special features including interviews with 'Rude Boy' Ray Gange, the Clash's road manager Johnny Green and film makers Jack Hazan and David Mingay. There was a Blu-ray release of the film in 2015.

Clash reaction

The Clash became so disenchanted with the film that, by its release, they had Better Badges make badges stating 'I don't want Rude Boy Clash Film'.[6] Joe Strummer told Melody Maker in 1980: "We didn't like what they were doing with the black people, because they were showing them dipping into pockets and then they were shown being done for something and that was their only role in the film ... Who wants to propagate that? That's what the right wing use, 'all blacks are muggers' which is a load of rubbish. After that rough showing I've never seen it since and nor have any of the Clash."[7] Strummer added that the band had no further contact with directors Dave Mingay and Jack Hazan after the film was shot, and never received any payments from them.[7]

Cast

The cast included (in alphabetical order):[2]

Songs performed

  1. "Revolution Rock" (Jackie Edwards, Danny Ray)
    Instrumental version of album track; title song
  2. "Police and Thieves" (Junior Murvin/Lee "Scratch" Perry)
    Performed by The Clash at Barbarellas, Birmingham on 1 May 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  3. "Police and Thieves" sung by Junior Marvin (Island Records)
  4. "Career Opportunities" (from The Clash album)
  5. "Garageland"
    Performed by The Clash at Rehearsal Rehearsals; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  6. "Rudi" sung by Bob Marley (Coxsone Records)
  7. "London's Burning"
    Performed live by The Clash at Open Air Carnival, Victoria Park, London on 30 April 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  8. "White Riot"
    Performed live by The Clash at Open Air Carnival, Victoria Park, London on 30 April 1978 and featuring Jimmy Pursey from Sham 69 on vocals; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  9. "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais"
    Performed live by The Clash at the Apollo, Glasgow on 4 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  10. "I'm So Bored with the USA"
    Performed live by The Clash at the Apollo, Glasgow on 4 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  11. "Janie Jones"
    Performed live by The Clash at the Apollo, Glasgow on 4 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  12. "White Riot"
    Performed live by The Clash at the Apollo, Glasgow on 4 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  13. "The Prisoner"
    Performed live by The Clash at the Civic Music Hall, Aberdeen on 5 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  14. "Johnny Too Bad" sung by The Slickers (Island Records)
  15. "Tommy Gun"
    Performed live by The Clash at the Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline on 6 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  16. "All the Young Punks"
    Performed by The Clash at Wessex Studios.
  17. "Stay Free"
    Performed by The Clash at Wessex Studios.
  18. "Complete Control"
    Performed by The Clash at the Music Machine, Camden, London on 27 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  19. "Safe European Home"
    Performed by The Clash at the Music Machine, Camden, London on 27 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  20. "What's My Name"
    Performed by The Clash at the Music Machine, Camden, London on 27 July 1978; audio tracks re-recorded at Wessex Studios.
  21. "No Reason" (piano song)
    Performed solo by Joe Strummer at Rehearsal Studio.
  22. "Let the Good Times Roll" (piano song)
    Performed solo by Joe Strummer at Rehearsal Studio.
  23. "I Fought the Law" (Sonny Curtis)
    Performed live by The Clash at The Lyceum, West End, London on 28 December.
  24. "Rudie Can't Fail" (from London Calling album)

References

  1. ^ a b Don Letts; Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon, Terry Chimes, Rick Elgood (2001). The Clash, Westway to the World (Documentary). New York, NY: Sony Music Entertainment; Dorismo; Uptown Films. Event occurs at 47:42. ISBN 0-7389-0082-6. OCLC 49798077. 
  2. ^ a b Hazan, Jack; David Mingay, Ray Gange, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Nicky Headon, Buzzy Enterprises, Epic Music Video (2006-08-01). Rude Boy (DVD). New York, NY: Epic Music Video. ISBN 0-7389-0587-9. OCLC 70850190. Digitally restored and remastered sound 
  3. ^ Green, Johnny; Garry Barker (2003) [1997]. A Riot of Our Own: Night and Day with The Clash (3rd ed.). London: Orion. pp. 63–68. ISBN 0-7528-5843-2. OCLC 52990890. 
  4. ^ "The Clash". Induction. Rockhall.com. 2003-03-10. Retrieved 2007-11-19. The film Rude Boy, a 1980 film about the Clash and their punk-rock milieu, contained concert sequences that demonstrate why they were considered one of rock’s greatest live acts. 
  5. ^ "Berlinale 1980: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Clash Pins". Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  7. ^ a b Hewitt, Paulo (13 December 1980). "Joe Strummer Answers The Call-Up". Melody Maker. Retrieved 8 April 2017.  – via Rock's Backpages (subscription required)

External links

  • Rude Boy at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Clash: Rude Boy (1980) - Overview - MSN Movies
  • The Clash: Rude Boy - MTV Movies
  • The Clash - Rude Boy - Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Clash: Rude Boy - VH1.com
   

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