History Trivia / TheClash

23rd May '17 3:12:05 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCouple: Mick Jones once had a relationship with Ellen Foley, who sang backing vocals on "Hitsville U.K." and their turbulent relationship inspired Jones to write the very popular "Should I Stay or Should I Go". Thanks to the relationship, all four members of The Clash (along with members of Music/IanDuryAndThe Blockheads) appeared on Foley's album The Spirit of St. Louis and Jones produced it, credited as "my boyfriend".



* HeAlsoDid: After Mick Jones left the band, he joined the band General Public (but left shortly after they recorded their first album) and then formed Big Audio Dynamite, one of the more notable early AlternativeRock artists.

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After Mick Jones left the band, he joined the band General Public (but left shortly after they recorded their first album) and then formed Big Audio Dynamite, one of the more notable early AlternativeRock artists.


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* NoHitWonder: They were famous for a time as the band to have released the most UK singles without ever hitting the singles Top Ten, until the [[BlackSheepHit uncharacteristic]] "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" hit number one after being [[RepurposedPopSong used in an advert]].


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* SequelFirst: Their first album wasn't released in the US because the record company over there thought it was too controversial. Their second album ''Give Em Enough Rope'' was their first released in the US, albeit with the cover text in a different font and the title of the last track changed. After the "I Fought The Law" from ''The Cost Of Living'' EP was a hit, the record company wanted to capitalise on its success so they put out a butchered version of their first album in the US including the track and several of their recent singles replacing some of the songs they had deemed controversial. This caused an odd situation where stuff recorded after their second album was included on a rerelease of their first.


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* TwoHitWonder: From a single standpoint, they've only managed to get two songs into the American Top 40, which is two more than most punk bands can hope for. Specifically, their two Top 40 hits are "Train in Vain" which peaked at #23 in 1980, and "Rock the Casbah" which hit #8 two years later. Both songs are classics (especially "Casbah"), [[ChartDisplacement but neither is among their two signatures]]. Those would be "London Calling" (which didn't chart) or "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" (which fell short at #45).
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** "Spanish Bombs". At the time, Spain was still a relatively poor country, recovering from the reign of dictator Francisco Franco. Its tourist industry had only really begun a few years earlier, with cheap flights being an incentive. Over the 30+ years since the song was written, Spain is arguably the most popular non-UK holiday destination for Brits (also causing so many to retire there that there are predominantly British communities in places), and tourism has completely transformed its economy and culture. "Spanish Bombs" captures Spain at a time when there was a lot of uncertainty in the air and this had yet to be realised.
** "Ivan Meets G.I Joe" is very obviously about the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and is therefore dated. But nowadays, it's best known as the only song Topper Headon sang vocals on.
12th Jan '17 3:02:12 PM thelivingtoad
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: In late 2002, The Clash were announced as an inductee for the 2003 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The members of the band were planning to perform at the ceremony, and there were rumbling that the reunion wouldn't be a one-off, and that they were planning to get back together for a tour or an album. Unfortunately, Strummer suddenly died a little over a month after the induction announcement and ended any possibility of a reunion.

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* AuthorExistenceFailure: In late 2002, The Clash were announced as an inductee for the 2003 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The members of the band were planning to perform at the ceremony, and there were rumbling rumblings that the reunion wouldn't be a one-off, and that they were planning to get back together for a tour or an album. Unfortunately, Strummer suddenly died a little over a month after the induction announcement and ended any possibility of a reunion.
12th Jan '17 3:01:57 PM thelivingtoad
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: In late 2002, The Clash were announced as an inductee for the 2003 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The members of the band were planning to perform at the ceremony, and there were rumbling that the reunion wouldn't be a one-off, and that they were planning to get back together for a tour or an album. Unfortunately, Strummer suddenly died a little over a month after the induction announcement and ended any possibility of a reunion.
17th Nov '16 8:47:58 AM rjd1922
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* DoingItForTheArt: The band wanted to provide more music for the fan's money, so they asked the CBS record label to sell the double LP ''Music/LondonCalling'' and the triple LP ''Music/{{Sandinista}}!'' for the price of just one LP. In both cases, CBS balked, but the Clash managed to make the low price happen anyway. In the case of ''London Calling'', they talked CBS into letting them release an LP with a free 12 inch single included--then, they pressed an entire second LP instead of the single before CBS realized what they were doing. There are conflicting accounts of ''Sandinista!'''s pressing: some sources say they repeated the ''London Calling'' trick, but others (including Joe Strummer himself) say the Clash simply compromised with CBS and surrendered the royalties from the first 200,000 copies sold.

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* DoingItForTheArt: The band wanted to provide more music for the fan's money, so they asked the CBS record label to sell the double LP ''Music/LondonCalling'' and the triple LP ''Music/{{Sandinista}}!'' ''Music/{{Sandinista}}'' for the price of just one LP. In both cases, CBS balked, but the Clash managed to make the low price happen anyway. In the case of ''London Calling'', they talked CBS into letting them release an LP with a free 12 inch single included--then, they pressed an entire second LP instead of the single before CBS realized what they were doing. There are conflicting accounts of ''Sandinista!'''s pressing: some sources say they repeated the ''London Calling'' trick, but others (including Joe Strummer himself) say the Clash simply compromised with CBS and surrendered the royalties from the first 200,000 copies sold.
29th Apr '16 2:27:48 AM Freshmeat
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Tim Curry does the chanting on "The Sound of Sinners."
22nd Dec '15 11:30:06 AM onionmaster
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* CutAndPasteTranslation / ExecutiveMeddling: Upon hearing their debut self-titled album, the suits at their American record label decided it had too much filler, and decided to remove 5 songs and replace them with some of the band's British singles like "Complete Control" and "White Man in Hammersmith Palais". It is almost universally agreed by critics that this actually vastly improved the album, though some also note that adding in the mostly mid-tempo and more polished singles dilutes the UK version's ThreeChordsAndTheTruth feel a bit.
** What makes this hugely ironic is that the song "Complete Control" is about just that kind of record company nonsense, something that the label clearly missed.

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* CutAndPasteTranslation / ExecutiveMeddling: Upon hearing their debut self-titled album, the suits at their American record label decided it had too much filler, that some of the songs would inspire people to rebel, and decided to remove 5 songs and replace them with some of the band's British singles like "Complete Control" and "White Man in Hammersmith Palais". It is almost universally agreed by Some critics that think this actually vastly improved is better, but they are CompletelyMissingThePoint as you could easily make another album of all the album, though some also note that adding in the mostly mid-tempo and more polished singles dilutes the UK version's ThreeChordsAndTheTruth feel a bit.
and B-Sides from this period.
** What makes this hugely ironic is that the song "Complete Control" is about just that kind of record company nonsense, something that the proves how stupid the label clearly missed.was.
7th Dec '15 5:30:56 AM LondonKdS
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* RevivalByCommercialisation: The band used to hold a record for having the most UK hit singles without reaching the Top Ten, which [[ItsPopularNowItSucks many fans were proud of]]. Then "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" was used in a TV advert for Levis, released, and reached Number One.

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* RevivalByCommercialisation: RevivalByCommercialization: The band used to hold a record for having the most UK hit singles without reaching the Top Ten, which [[ItsPopularNowItSucks many fans were proud of]]. Then "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" was used in a TV advert for Levis, released, got rereleased, and reached Number One.
7th Dec '15 5:30:21 AM LondonKdS
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* RevivalByCommercialisation: The band used to hold a record for having the most UK hit singles without reaching the Top Ten, which [[ItsPopularNowItSucks many fans were proud of]]. Then "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" was used in a TV advert for Levis, released, and reached Number One.
8th Jul '15 6:36:23 PM moloch
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** Paul Simonon joined up with [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} Damon Albarn]] and other musicians to form the supergroup TheGoodTheBadAndTheQueen.

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** Paul Simonon joined up with [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} Damon Albarn]] and other musicians to form the supergroup TheGoodTheBadAndTheQueen.The Good, The Bad, And The Queen, as well as contributing to virtual group/pseudo-supergroup Music/{{Gorillaz}}.
29th Nov '14 5:09:53 PM DavidDelony
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* BreakthroughHit: ''Music/LondonCalling'' and "Train In Vain" were the band's American breakthrough.
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