Your Friday Clash Song: Nembutol Numbs It All …
… But I prefer alcohol!
Johnny Green (Clash tour manager): “At Wessex, Guy [Stevens, producer] fished this book out of his bag, it was Patricia Bosworth’s Montgomery Clift biography. He was telling Joe ‘If you’re going to write a song about somebody, write one about Montgomery Clift!’”
The New York Times’ biography of Clift cites this description from All Movie Guide, which could just as easily apply to Joe Strummer, or any member of the Clash, really: “Prodigiously talented, intense, and defiantly non-conformist, he refused to play by the usual rules of celebrity, actively shunning the spotlight and working solely according to his own whims and desires.” IMDb notes that Clift’s “father was a violent, abusive, ultra-conservative bigot,” and that “whenever Clift was playing characters snapping as they went up against ignorance or brutality, Clift was said to have acted with his father in mind as an antagonist” – which also makes him an apt subject for the Clash.
Anyway, it’s a great damn song. So …
Turn. It. Up.
David von Ebers
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