One of the most iconic punk records of all time turned 40 over the weekend. The Clash’s London Calling was released on December 14th, 1979 and to celebrate the Bowery Ballroom in New York held a special party.
It was a massive night with performances from Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Eugene Hutz, Jesse Malin, Fred Armisen, and more. But the real show-stopper came when Debbie Harry joined Jesse Malin on stage to cover The Pogues’ iconic Christmas hit ‘Fairytale of New York’.
Held as a charity gig for the Joe Strummer Foundation, the night was a celebration of all things Clash. that may make the selection of The Pogues song a touch odd, but as many of you will know, Strummer was the one time bandleader of The Pogues during the ’90s.
Backed by a huge live band and a suitably drunk audience, Harry and Malin perform a wonderful cover of the song. Though Malin’s vocal isn’t nearly as wrecked as MacGowan’s, Harry’s performance is, of course, near-perfect.
Watch below as Debbie Harry joins Jesse Malin for a cover of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’