THE CLASH – Single ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’ Released 16 June 1978…

When timeless in sound and vision…


‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais‘ by THE CLASH

Amplified reggae vibes à la THE CLASH, the only band that mattered…

Midnight to six man
For the first time from Jamaica
Dillinger and Leroy Smart
Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

Ken Boothe for UK pop reggae
With backing bands sound systems
And if they’ve got anything to say
There’s many black ears here to listen

But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
Charging from the bass knives to the treble
But onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel
Onstage they ain’t got no…roots rock rebel

Dress back jump back this is a bluebeat attack
‘Cos it won’t get you anywhere
Fooling with your guns
The British Army is waiting out there
An’ it weighs fifteen hundred tons

White youth, black youth
Better find another solution
Why not phone up Robin Hood
And ask him for some wealth distribution

Punk rockers in the UK
They won’t notice anyway
They’re all too busy fighting
For a good place under the lighting

The new groups are not concerned
With what there is to be learned
They got Burton suits, ha you think it’s funny
Turning rebellion into money

All over people changing their votes
Along with their overcoats
If Adolf Hitler flew in today
They’d send a limousine anyway

I’m the all night drug-prowling wolf
Who looks so sick in the sun
I’m the white man in the Palais
Just lookin’ for fun

I’m only
Looking for fun

THE CLASH: Biography – Discography


  1. Opher · June 16, 2017

    Great lyrics!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Opher · June 16, 2017

    Reblogged this on Opher's World and commented:
    What we need now are bands with passion, rebellion and an ideal to work towards – like the Clash!
    A great post from JL at Turn Up The Volume


  3. hotfox63 · June 16, 2017

    The Clash were my favorite band, I first liked their raw energy, then their style diversity. From punkrock, over dub reggae and jazz. They were good and they were radical.


  4. JL · June 16, 2017

    Indeed! Unique band! (saw them 3 times)


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