Sunday, 4 October 2009

CLARK'S COMMANDOS - 1980

Here, making one of their earliest raids into the Dundee music scene is, Clark's Commandos, invading the stage and taking control of the situation. The crowd were hostile at first but the unit did eventually win the hearts and minds of the locals. In charge of Operations was Major Gary Clark. 2nd in command was Officer Ged Grimes. Assisting manoeuvres were Sergeant Derek Thomson and Corporal Brian McDermott, who saw some rear guard action.
After this successful mission, certain members from this 80 Battalion went on to become involved in further sorties such as, Operation Spencer Tracy, and their greatest triumph, Operation Danny Wilson.
Thanks to Mike Gallacher & Billy Graham

8 comments:

  1. As I remember it they never played in the main "punk" venues in 1980 (eg the Galleon, the Tayside Bar). Am I wrong?

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  2. Clark's Commandos were also a style of Clark's (Shoes) trainers, right?

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  3. Maybe they were scared to play the tougher (musically critical) venues what with Jock standing with paper and pen at the ready!

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  4. yes you are wrong. we were almost resident at the TSB. One year Ged built a nativity scene inside his tea chest.

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  5. G.C here. The Tayside bar was practically our home. We were signed by Virgin after being reviewed in NME (as Spencer Tracy) by Bob Flynn for a gig in the Tayside bar. Our side project The Chilli peppers (long before the red hot ones), which was basically all members of Danny Wilson plus Allan McGlone on Sax, used to go into the tayside bar after busking sessions where Brian would exchange our coinage for note-age which we would then re-exchange for pint-age and Wallace's pie-age.

    ps Clarks Commandos were shoes that we wore as kids. Tv advertised, they had a compass in the sole and animal tracks on the sole.

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  6. G.C again

    pps Brian McDermott also went on to hold rear guard for Del Amitri for quite heroically for a number of years.

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  7. You're right about Clarks Commandos being a range of shoes, but they are not as you described. The animal track & compass shoes were called Wayfinders. You can see them in my November 2008 Archives, or just stick Wayfinders into the Retro search box. The ad is from 1966. Commandos didn't have any memorable features in particular, but you did get a free badge with a big "C" on.

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  8. I remember it was sunny one Saturday in the overgate just ootside Dixons, GC playing guitar, GG playing a tea chest (I think) someone playing the trumpet, and a wee gorgeous black singer,(saying come on be generous we are poor students) remember the guitar case brimming with cheenge..and this is sad I know but GC was wearing a blue and white striped shirt..that is my first memory of GC et.al

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