September 21, 1979 – The iconic cover of The Clash's London Calling album is shot at The Palladium in New York City. The photo was taken by Pennie Smith who didn’t want the photograph to be used because she thought it was out of focus.
The cover of The Clash album “London Calling” is considered one of the best album covers of all time. It’s a blurry photo of Paul Simonon smashing his bass on the stage of The Palladium in New York City on September 21, 1979 during “The Clash Take the Fifth” US tour.
The bass Simonon smashed during the final song of the night “White Riot” was his White Fender Precision Bass with a distinctive black pick-guard with paint-mess. a skull and bones sticker and a sticker with the word PRESSURE.
Simonon regretted smashing the bass as it was his best sounding one and was used for the recording of the “London Calling” album. He said,
“The show had gone quite well but for me inside, it just wasn’t working well, so I suppose I took it out on the bass. If I was smart, I would have got the spare bass and used that one, because it wasn’t as good as the one I smashed up.” #TheClash #LondonCalling #ThisDayInMusic #MusicHistory