Trivia / The Clash

  • Author Existence Failure: 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 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.
  • Breakthrough Hit: London Calling and "Train In Vain" were the band's American breakthrough.
  • Creator Backlash: Even Joe Strummer himself regretted recording Cut the Crap.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation / Executive Meddling: Upon hearing their debut self-titled album, the suits at their American record label decided 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". Some critics think this is better, but they are Completely Missing the Point as you could easily make another album of all the singles 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 was.
  • Doing It for the Art: The band wanted to provide more music for the fan's money, so they asked the CBS record label to sell the double LP London Calling and the triple LP 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.
  • He Also Did: 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 Alternative Rock artists.
    • Paul Simonon joined up with Damon Albarn and other musicians to form the supergroup The Good, The Bad, And The Queen, as well as contributing to virtual group/pseudo-supergroup Gorillaz.
  • Name's the Same: There's another Mick Jones who was also a guitarist, but with Foreigner.
  • The Pete Best: Terry Chimes, Keith Levene.
  • Revival by Commercialization: The band used to hold a record for having the most UK hit singles without reaching the Top Ten, which many fans were proud of. Then "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" was used in a TV advert for Levis, got rereleased, and reached Number One.
  • Throw It In: The Gratuitous Spanish in "Should I Stay or Should I Go".
    Strummer: On the spur of the moment I said 'I'm going to do the backing vocals in Spanish,'...We needed a translator so Eddie Garcia, the tape operator, called his mother in Brooklyn Heights and read her the lyrics over the phone and she translated them. But Eddie and his mum are Ecuadorian, so it's Ecuadorian Spanish that me and Joe Ely are singing on the backing vocals.
    • This is why a watch alarm can be heard in the second verse of "Rock The Casbah". Topper Headon's Dukes of Hazzard watch had accidentally went off, but the digitized version of the General Lee's horn matched the beat nicely, so they kept it in.