Artists mentioned in the Clash’s “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”

One of the Clash’s finest moments was “White Man in Hammersmith Palais,” a 1978 UK single that also appeared on the re-sequenced 1979 US issue of their self-titled debut. The beginning of the song was inspired by a reggae show Joe Strummer attended (and was disappointed in) and mentions three arists who performed. The song goes on to make serious, poetic social commentary, including the now common phrase, “Turning rebellion into money.” While even a casual Clash fan (can there be sucha thing?) knows “White Man,” most probably aren’t familiar with the three artists whose names appear in the lyrics, so here they are along with this Clash classic.

The Clash:


Leroy Smart:

Delroy Wilson:

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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