No I don’t have bloggers bloc (well maybe) – I am just finding the political developments of the last week too depressing to write about- so thought I’d use the long holiday weekend to give birthday salutations to certain musicians who’ve made some of the music that kept me going in one way or another. I never thought Topper would outlast Joe. We all throw a dart when we’re born. Some write like Joe and some have small physical defects in their hearts. Some live like Keith Moon…and live. Topper is still with us and the Clash will never not be. Topper’s drums are often, in this totally lay opinion, way overlooked as a source of the Clash’s power. A nimble Buddy Miles he pounds it out. There’s not enough to say of the Clash so I wont. Here’s Topper slamming into the beginning of Tommy Gun from 1978.
Topper Headon at 53; This Long Holiday Weekend’s Musical Birthdays