History Music / TheClash

16th Jul '17 10:32:16 AM MarkLungo
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* AffectionateParody: The typographic design for the now-legendary cover to ''Music/LondonCalling'' is practically a ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley's debut album ''Music/ElvisPresleyTheAlbum''.
* [[AWildRapperAppears A Wild Poet Appears]]: Creator/AllenGinsberg on "Ghetto Defendent". This probably would be a proto-version of the trope if Blondie and The Clash themselves weren't already on that.

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* AffectionateParody: The typographic design for the now-legendary cover to ''Music/LondonCalling'' is practically a ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley's debut album ''Music/ElvisPresleyTheAlbum''.
* [[AWildRapperAppears A Wild Poet Appears]]: Creator/AllenGinsberg on "Ghetto Defendent". This probably would be a proto-version of the trope if Blondie and The Clash themselves weren't already on that.
''Music/ElvisPresleyTheAlbum''.


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* [[AWildRapperAppears A Wild Poet Appears]]: Creator/AllenGinsberg on "Ghetto Defendant". This probably would be a proto-version of the trope if Music/{{Blondie}} and The Clash themselves weren't already on that
16th Jul '17 9:24:18 AM notahandle
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* AntiPoliceSong: "Guns of Brixton", which according to Paul Simonon is about the paranoia of a young Brixton man isolated by violence and poverty who's seen "The Harder They Come" a few too many times.

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* AntiPoliceSong: "Guns of Brixton", which according to Paul Simonon is about the paranoia of a young Brixton man isolated by violence and poverty who's seen "The Harder They Come" ''Film/TheHarderTheyCome'' a few too many times.
25th May '17 4:59:07 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Album/LondonCalling'' had some tentative steps beyond the punk/rock sphere, but ''[[Music/{{Sandinista}} Sandinista!]]'' was a full-blown GenreRoulette album experimenting with dub, rap, reggae, disco, twee pop, gospel and soul influences. Later, ''Cut The Crap'' was intended as a NewSoundAlbum taking them ''back'' to their original punk sound, but it was a [[CreatorBacklash dismal]] [[CanonDiscontinuity failure.]]

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Album/LondonCalling'' ''Music/LondonCalling'' had some tentative steps beyond the punk/rock sphere, but ''[[Music/{{Sandinista}} Sandinista!]]'' was a full-blown GenreRoulette album experimenting with dub, rap, reggae, disco, twee pop, gospel and soul influences. Later, ''Cut The Crap'' was intended as a NewSoundAlbum taking them ''back'' to their original punk sound, but it was a [[CreatorBacklash dismal]] [[CanonDiscontinuity failure.]]



* SillyLoveSongs: While everybody remembers the AntiLoveSong subversion of "Train in Vain," they actually had one song that played it completely straight, released as a B-Side for Tommy Gun. Behold, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwP2UDdHB7c 1-2 Crush on You.]] Admittedly, this was written by Mick Jones pre-Clash and only performed by them.



** "The Right Profile", about Montgomery [=Clift=], starts "Say, where did I see this guy? In ''Film/RedRiver''. Or ''A Place In The Sun''. Maybe ''The Misfits''. Or ''[[Film/FromHereToEternity Here to Eternity]]''."

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** "The Right Profile", about Montgomery [=Clift=], Creator/MontgomeryClift, starts "Say, where did I see this guy? In ''Film/RedRiver''. Or ''A Place In The Sun''. ''Film/APlaceInTheSun''. Maybe ''The Misfits''. ''Film/TheMisfits''. Or ''[[Film/FromHereToEternity Here to Eternity]]''.''Film/FromHereToEternity''."



** Double shoutout to NineteenEightyFour.

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** Double shoutout to NineteenEightyFour.''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.
* SillyLoveSongs: While everybody remembers the AntiLoveSong subversion of "Train in Vain," they actually had one song that played it completely straight, released as a B-Side for Tommy Gun. Behold, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwP2UDdHB7c 1-2 Crush on You.]] Admittedly, this was written by Mick Jones pre-Clash and only performed by them.
23rd May '17 2:26:55 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* LastSecondWordSwap: "Cheat's" line "You're a fool if you don't know that, so hit the road you stupid fool" would probably have ended with 'twat' but it was changed.
20th Feb '17 8:42:57 PM bt8257
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The band broke up in 1986 after a ten year career and went onto other projects. Jones formed Big Audio Dynamite and Strummer embarked on a solo career (including some time fronting Music/ThePogues) before founding the Mescaleros. Paul Simonon has become pretty well-known in the London fine art scene, and contributed to the Music/{{Gorillaz}} album ''Plastic Beach''. There were sporadic collaborations and ad-hoc performances by various combinations of the original lineup but no full reunion ever came about and the death of Strummer in 2002 laid to rest any hope of a reformation.

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The band broke up in 1986 after a ten year career and went onto other projects. Jones formed Big Audio Dynamite and Strummer embarked on a solo career (including some time fronting Music/ThePogues) before founding the Mescaleros. Paul Simonon has become pretty well-known in the London fine art scene, and contributed to the Music/{{Gorillaz}} album ''Plastic Beach''. There were sporadic collaborations and ad-hoc performances by various combinations of the original lineup but no full reunion ever came about and the death of Strummer in 2002 laid to rest any hope of a reformation.
reunion.
5th Jan '17 9:24:37 PM SailorPunkRock
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* DrugsAreBad: "Hateful", and "Junkie Slip".
10th Dec '16 9:21:01 PM Xtifr
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'''The Clash,''' AKA "the only band that matters," were a member of the original British PunkRock movement of TheSeventies known as the "Class of 77". The band stands with the likes of Music/TheRamones and The Music/SexPistols in the pantheon of definitive punk rock bands. Unlike their peers at the time, however, the Clash were no firm believer of the pure ThreeChordsAndTheTruth ideology: they were not afraid of experimenting with a diverse range of musical styles, and as such were critically acclaimed musically. In addition to no-nonsense stripped-down punk rock, the Clash were known for their eclectic tastes and experimental approach, besides punk being influenced by and performing reggae, dub, ska, funk, pop-rock, New Wave and soul, among others. They were also simultaneously the second [[RapRock rock band to release a rap]] track, "The Magnificent Seven" in 1981 (a few months after Music/{{Blondie}}'s "Rapture"), and the first British group to perform rap music.

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'''The Clash,''' The Clash, AKA "the only band that matters," were a member of the original British PunkRock movement of TheSeventies known as the "Class of 77". The band stands with the likes of Music/TheRamones and The Music/SexPistols in the pantheon of definitive punk rock bands. Unlike their peers at the time, however, the Clash were no firm believer of the pure ThreeChordsAndTheTruth ideology: they were not afraid of experimenting with a diverse range of musical styles, and as such were critically acclaimed musically. In addition to no-nonsense stripped-down punk rock, the Clash were known for their eclectic tastes and experimental approach, besides punk being influenced by and performing reggae, dub, ska, funk, pop-rock, New Wave and soul, among others. They were also simultaneously the second [[RapRock rock band to release a rap]] track, "The Magnificent Seven" in 1981 (a few months after Music/{{Blondie}}'s "Rapture"), and the first British group to perform rap music.
19th Sep '16 10:37:40 AM Hossmeister
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* BourgeoisBohemian: The band got some flack for this once they became superstars, since their lyrics about the WorkingClassHero (or satire thereof) didn't reflect their circumstances. Notably, when the band's manager Bernie Rhodes bought a huge white mansion, some fans parodied the lyrics to "White Riot": "''White mansion, I wanna mansion/White mansion, a mansion of my own''"


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* IThoughtItMeant: During UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar, U.S. military personnel would play "Rock the Casbah" to motivate the troops, specifically for the lines "''The king called up his jet fighters/He said you better earn your pay/Drop your bombs between the minarets/Down the Casbah way''". Strummer was reportedly brought to tears when he heard about this, because he intended the song to be about peace and love (and indeed, the following lyrics describe the soldiers contradicting their orders).
16th Sep '16 1:26:05 PM SailorPunkRock
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* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: A schoolboy turn pub rocker, (Joe) a young man whose ambition in life is to be a rock star, (Mick) a handsome art student who had never picked up any instrument until he joined the band, (Paul) and a prodigal jazz, funk and soul drummer (Topper) form a punk rock band. Surprisingly, it works ''perfectly.''

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* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: A schoolboy turn turned pub rocker, (Joe) a young man whose ambition in life is to be a rock star, (Mick) a handsome art student who had never picked up any instrument until he joined the band, (Paul) and a prodigal jazz, funk and soul drummer (Topper) form a punk rock band. Surprisingly, it works ''perfectly.''
15th Sep '16 8:23:34 PM SailorPunkRock
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* AddledAddict: This sadly happened to Headon by the time ''Combat Rock'' was released. This was the main reason why he left the band in 1982.



* DreadFulMusician: In the early days. But after they got the hang of their instruments, recorded their first album, and recruited Headon as their drummer after Chimes quit, they averted this with flying colors.

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* DreadFulMusician: DreadfulMusician: In the early days. But after they got the hang of their instruments, recorded their first album, and recruited Headon as their drummer after Chimes quit, they averted this with flying colors.
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