Today we mark the birthday of Paul Simonon — he’s turning 55 — with this performance of The Clash bassist’s signature tune, “The Guns of Brixton,” filmed April 25, 1980, for the band’s second-ever U.S. television appearance on ABC’s late-night show “Fridays,” a short-lived “Saturday Night Live” knockoff.

Simonon currently is playing in Damon Albarn’s cartoon act Gorillaz alongside former Clash bandmate Mick Jones; that band has denied reports this week that Simonon suffered a stroke while on tour in Australia, saying, simply, “he wasn’t feeling well.”


Tags: , , , , , , , ,