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Joe Strummer and the 101ers

PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:37 pm
by Charlie
Sometime around 1975, a listener to Honky Tonk who lived at 101 Elgin Ave, Maida Vale, sent me a tape by a band who lived in the same squat, who called themselves the 101ers. I remember not being impressed, but had no recollection of saying so in public until I received the following email in today's inbox:

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I am working with a filmmaker called Julien Temple on a feature film about Joe Strummer. I have an audio recording of Joe describing his early days with the 101ers and how they sent you a cassette of their songs to play on your radio show. He says that you said on-air that you weren't going to play it because it was the usual '900 miles an hour rubbish' and this was one of the incidents that made him realise that he had no future with the band. I know it is 99% unlikely but I wondered if you know of anyone who might keep recordings of your show as it would be great to see if this still exists...You probably didn't know how important your words were at the time! Many thanks.
Best regards

Sam Dwyer

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I'm still not sure I said this in public - it's more likely I sent a note back to the listener, whose name has vanished in the mists of time. But if I was so bold and rude, does anybody have the tape?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:04 pm
by johnfoyle
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'But if I was so bold and rude, does anybody have the tape?'

Er, didn't you more or less answer this in another thread?


http://www.charliegillett.com/phpBB2/vi ... php?t=2841


Back in the Honky Tonk days, a listener called Ron Ray used to tape the show on a reel-to-reel machine, and I also made a safety copy of most of them. At some stage I ran out of shelf space and he drove over to pick up my entire archive to fill the gaps in his own.

A couple of years ago, Ron's wife called with the sad news that Ron had died, leaving her to sort out all his stuff, which included a bedroom full of cardboad boxes labelled Honky Tonk Tapes. So this time it was me who made the car journey, in the company of Andy Linehan from the National Sound Archive, where the tapes are now stored.

But the indexing is not very complete. I think we have managed to identify those featuring guests or themes, but in those days before computers, the playlists were hand-written and even I have trouble deciphering some of the changed details. It would take somebody with the time and patience to listen to them and double check what actually occurred.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:38 pm
by Charlie
Thanks John

I'm embarrassed to say that I couldn't find this post, and began to think I'd dreamed it.

Anyway, when I reported back to Sam that we were (sort of) on the case, but wondered if he had any idea when I might have made the remark, he sent this note:

Hi Charlie

That's really good of you but to be honest I'm basing this information on an audio soundbite of an interview Joe gave and so I have no real idea about dates etc and I wouldn't want someone to have an enforced extended journey through their C90 collection (how quaint - most people don't know what they are these days!). But thanks anyway - if it was something that you instantly knew off the top of your head then it would be a great bonus, but never mind. Also, our 101ers section keeps getting shorter now as we are in the final weeks of edit and so even if the recording did turn up, there's no guarantee we'd be able to use it.

Thanks

Sam

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:40 pm
by kevin
Just for the record they lived at 101 Walterton Road. I know because I lived at 95 and they were always borrowing milk from us.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:05 pm
by NormanD
I used to live next door to a place like that, a bit of a commune. Very nice they were, lovely people. Went round there once to borrow a cup of sugar. They said, "We'll put it on the agenda for the next house meeting, and let you know by next Wednesday".

(OK, Linda Smith told 'em better)

Norman

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:23 pm
by lapt0p
Hey, Talking of Which has anybody Seen the Movie "The Future is Unwritten" its quite an amazing Documantary of the squat rock era...... Worth A Watch

PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:30 am
by Charlie
Sam Dwyer wrote:I have an audio recording of Joe describing his early days with the 101ers and how they sent you a cassette of their songs to play on your radio show. He says that you said on-air that you weren't going to play it because it was the usual '900 miles an hour rubbish' and this was one of the incidents that made him realise that he had no future with the band. I know it is 99% unlikely but I wondered if you know of anyone who might keep recordings of your show as it would be great to see if this still exists...You probably didn't know how important your words were at the time! Many thanks.
Best regards

Sam Dwyer


just found a website interview with the late Joe Strummer who refers to a man I don't remember at all, known as Boogie, who, according to Joe, in the days of the 101ers:

"used to come down and say he could get us played on Charlie Gillett’s programme. So we taped some music and sent it to him, and we all crouched round the radio in the squat. By now we were squatting over at Orsett Terrace, and Charlie Gillett goes, 'what’s this?, sounds like hundred mile an hour race along rubbish', and he didn’t even play it, just dismissed it in half a sentence. What a crushing blow that was."

I do remember having that reaction but find it hard to believe I would say this on air about something I didn't even play, it feels more like the kind of thing I might have said the somebody who brought a tape round and persuaded me to listen while he was still there. So now I really do need a cassette of the offending programme...

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