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.

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