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Red Hot Chilli Peppers: The Clarendon, Hammersmith, London

Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 5 March 1988

SO THE Clarendon faces closure, and yes it's a sad day for rock, another step in the drawn-out death of the London gig circuit, and where will the Buttholes and Bad Brains of this world play – but, here, tonight, sauna-sweltering in this rank sty of Grebo flesh, this post-punk meets pre-punk sewer, such a closure can only feel like an elementary and overdue sanitary measure.

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