It’s very subtle, but whenever The Clash performed the song “The Guns of Brixton”, Paul Simonon would switch instruments with Joe Strummer (Simonon on rhythm guitar and Strummer on bass) because Simonon was unable to play the bassline whilst singing lead vocals at the same time.
Beginning in 2009, Mick Jones of The Clash displayed his collection of personal memorabilia in the form of a pop-up Rock & Roll Public Library. Jones had performed a few classic Clash songs in an impromptu performance at the library a few years earlier on August 22, 2009.
The classic double album by The Clash, “London Calling” contains 19 tracks but only 18 of them are listed on the album sleeve. The final track “Train In Vain” was left off of the track listing.
The Ramones proved that you don’t have to play everything perfectly to be an amazing band. Case in point, Johnny Ramone once famously told Joe Strummer, “We’re lousy, we can’t play. If you wait until you can play, you’ll be too old to get up there.”
The Clash released their second album “Give ‘Em Enough Rope” on November 10, 1978. The album cover features a painting in stark flat colors of a Chinese horseman looking down at an American cowboy’s body being picked at by vultures.
William Burroughs was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist and spoken word performer. In the music industry he is a cultural legend, having influenced several generations musicians.
The Clash and Joe Strummer make a small cameo appearance in the Academy Award nominated movie “Moneyball”. Brad Pitt who plays Billy Beane in the movie is shown in his office at the Oakland A’s stadium. Behind Pitt is a poster of The Clash concert that took place in that same stadium on October 23, 1982 when The Clash was on tour supporting The Who.
When The Clash released the “London Calling” album in 1979 they paid tribute to “The King” Elvis Presley with the pink and green lettering on the cover from Elvis’ debut album.
Rockstar 101: Rule “Numero Uno” – Do not wear your own bands t-shirt or band merch. That’s equivalent to Kobe Bryant wearing his Los Angeles Lakers jersey to dinner. Here is Part 2 of some rockstars breaking the law…
The cover of The Clash album “London Calling” is considered one of the best album covers of all time. It’s a blurry photo of Paul Simonon smashing his bass on the stage of The Palladium in New York City on September 21, 1979 during “The Clash Take the Fifth” US tour.