Watch The Strokes cover The Clash’s ‘Clampdown’ back in 2004
It’s well known the influence Joe Strummer and The Clash had on a number of bands across the golden indie generation. One such band is The Strokes and back in 2004 the band paid tribute to the punk icons with a cover their brilliant track ‘Clampdown’.
During a raucous set in 2004 at T in the Park, with The Strokes at the height of the powers, the band delivered an impassioned, if slightly wobbly, rendition of the London Calling banger.
It turns out Strummer was a fan of The Strokes too. In The Strokes book ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom’ his admiration for the band is widely banded around. Often being described as the first band to make Joe smile for a long while.
Fitting then that at various points in The Strokes long and varied career they’ve dipped into The Clash back-catalogue for a crowd-rousing performance. This clip sees Julian, admittedly a little drunk you’d imagine, screaming Strummer’s vocals with aplomb and unlike the 2016 Governor’s Ball rendition the band have a little more swagger about them.