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The Clash: New Year's Day '77

Built around footage of The Clash in concert as they opened the Roxy club, this is a time-travelling trip back to the moment when punk emerged into the mainstream consciousness.

Built around the earliest, until now unseen, footage of The Clash in concert, filmed by Julien Temple as they opened the infamous Roxy club in a dilapidated Covent Garden on 1 January 1977, this show takes us on a time-travelling trip back to that strange planet that was Great Britain in the late 1970s and the moment when punk emerged into the mainstream consciousness.

Featuring the voices of Joe Strummer and The Clash from the time, and intercutting the raw and visceral footage of this iconic show with telling moments from the BBC's New Year's Eve, Hogmanay and New Year's Day schedules of nearly 40 years ago, it celebrates that great enduring British custom of getting together, en masse and often substantially the worse for wear, to usher in the new year.

New Year's Day is when we collectively take the time to reflect on the year that has just gone by and ponder what the new one might hold in store for us. Unknown to the unsuspecting British public, 1977 was of course the annus mirabilis of punk. The year in which The Clash themselves took off, catching the imagination of the nation's youth. As their iconic song 1977 counts us down to midnight, we share with them and Joe Strummer, in previously unseen interviews from the time, their hopes and predictions for the 12 months ahead.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Jan 2018 00:05

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:10

    Nine Inch Nails

    Right Where It Belongs

  • 00:20

    The Damned

    New Rose

  • 00:30

    The Rolling Stones

    Monkey Man

  • 00:41

    Augustus Pablo

    King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown


Role Contributor
Producer Julien Temple
Director Julien Temple
Editor Jonny Halifax
Consultant Paul Marko
Archive Source Don Letts
Archive Source Julien Temple
Production Company Nitrate Film Ltd
Music Group The Clash