YMMV / The Clash

  • Awesome Music: London Calling
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Has its own page now.
  • 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
    • "Sick Monej" is a fairly popular meme on Tumblr, using hilarious pictures of Mick Jones.
  • 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.
  • Needs More Love: Nicky "Topper" Headon and his skills as a drummer are criminally underrated. A Child Prodigy in his instrument, he's especially skilled in jazz, funk, and soul, and believed to be one of the reasons why the band expanded their sound beyond punk. Yet he barely gets talked about whether someone is discussing great drummers.
  • 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.
    • "Ivan Meets G.I Joe" is very obviously about the Cold War, and is therefore dated. But nowadays, it's best known as the only song Topper Headon sang vocals on.