YMMV / The Clash

  • Awesome Music: London Calling
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: From the film Westway To The World, Mick Jones says this about Sandinista!:
    Mick Jones: "I always saw it [Sandinista!] as a record for people who were on oil rigs or arctic stations that weren't able to get to the record shops regularly."
    • Context for those not in the know: when Sandinista! was the Clash's big effort, a triple album with 36 tracks. Now, depending on who you ask, either the band surrendered the royalties off of the first 200,000 copies in order to make it a triple instead of a double, or deceiving the company into thinking they were releasing a 12-inch single with the album and then including extra tracks: either way, the album went out for the price of a double, just as London Calling was a double released for the price of a single.
  • Epic Riff: The famous "London Calling" bassline, or the "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" riff are probably the best-known.
  • Face of the Band: Strummer, and to a lesser extent Jones. Except if you're a groupie, then you'd want to go after Simonon. Topper is... less fortunate, despite having an excellent reputation on his drumming abilities.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Cut the Crap. Except for "This is England".
  • Last-Second Word Swap: "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.
  • Memetic Mutation: The mondegreen of Lock the Taskbar
  • Misaimed Fandom: "Rock the Casbah" was popular among US Armed Forces operating in Iraq (both wars), much to the horror of the band.
    • And another hit song "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" was used by the Army to drive Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega out of the Vatican embassy he was hiding in during the 1989 invasion of Panama.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The London Calling/Sandinista! double-whammy, or just London Calling.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: "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.