The Clash: 50 Things You Didn’t Know

Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Pa
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Pa
50.    British Telecom attempted to use "London Calling" for an ad campaign. Not surprisingly, the band refused.(Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Pa
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Pa
49. The Clash was the first white band to be painted on Lee Perry's Black Ark studio in Jamaica. There have been none since. (Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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47. "Hunkiest man" Paul Simonon modeled for a Laura Ashley calendar.(Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash member Joe
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash member Joe
48. Joe Strummer ran both the London and Paris marathons before his death. (Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
46.    Janie Jones' "House of the Ju-Ju Queen" features members as studio players, credited as "The Lash". (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
45.    Joe has a cameo appearance in Alex Cox's Walker as a dishwasher. The film was never released. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
44.    The Spanish portions of "Spanish Bombs" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go" do not make grammatical sense. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
43.    Nicky Headon earned the nickname "Topper" because Paul thought he resembled Mickey the Monkey from The Topper comic book. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
42.    Joe's favorite record was Van Morrison's "Gloria". (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
41.    Shane MacGowan, leader singer of the Pogues, had a chunk of his ear bitten off at an early Clash show. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
40.    Joe Strummer's voice is mixed more quietly than the drums on "Give Em Enough Rope" because the producer didn't care for his voice. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
39.    Paul Simonon was voted World's Hunkiest Man in Playgirl magazine. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
38.    Joe Strummer toured with The Pogues on an American tour in 1987. The band would cover "I Fought the Law" and "London Calling" in the style of The Clash. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
37.    Mark Perry, founder of punk zine Sniffin' Glue, is quoted as saying "Punk died the day The Clash signed to CBS". (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
36.    During a TV appearance, Joe suggested that all band managers should be put into concentration camps. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
35.    When searching for Terry Chimes' replacement, the members auditioned 204 drummers before settling on "Topper" Headon. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
34.    Young Joe was an avid stamp collector as a youth. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
33.    As a token of appreciation, Joe once sent fanzine Alternative User a package of lawnmower parts. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Picture dated 1978 of British punk rockers from th
32.    Mick Jones' first band, which would go on to become the Clash, was called London SS. (Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash member Joe
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash member Joe
31.    Original drummer Terry Chimes (credited as "Tory Crimes" on the first LP) left the group and went on to play for artists such as Cowboys International, Black Sabbath, and Samantha Fox. (Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Pa
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Pa
30.    A later incarnation of the Clash went on a busking tour, performing in outdoor public places, to promote Cut the Crap, to very little acclaim. (Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Pa
Picture dated 24 February 1984 of Clash members Pa
29.    Joe once contracted hepatitis from the practice of "gobbing" in which crowd members would spit on the band. (Photo credit STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
28.    Joe Strummer was not a fan of British DJ legend John Peel, stating that listening to him was akin to "a dog being sick in your face". (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
27.    The band chose to sell double LP London Calling and triple LP Sandinista! for the price of a single LP. This meant they had to forfeit all performance royalties on the first 200,000 sales. As a result the band was constantly in debt to CBS for most of their career. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
26.    Captain Sensible of The Damned once rushed the stage at an early Clash gig. When he was kicked offstage, he landed on fencing, injuring his genital region. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
25.    Ian Dury and the Blockheads once showed up at a Clash recording session dressed as policemen. Chaos ensued as Mick Jones began flushing his illegal substances down the toilet while the rest of the band fled the scene. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
24.    The band's pose on the cover of "White Riot" is borrowed from that of Joe Gibbs and the Professionals' State of Emergency LP. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
23.    Mick Jones is featured on guitar on Elvis Costello's "Big Tears", the B-side of "Pump It Up". (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
22.    The Clash have been mentioned by name in many songs, including Bob Marley's "Punky Reggae Party", Richard Thompson's "Tear-Stained Letter", and Aztec Camera's "Walk Out to Winter". (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
21.    Simonon clashed (literally) with Stranglers bassist JJ Burnel at a Ramones concert. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
20.    The "Rock the Casbah" music video has the distinction of being the first ever to star an armadillo. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
19.    Their debut LP was deemed not fit for radio play by their American record label and was not released. It went on to become the biggest selling import of the year. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
18.    The cover of London Calling is a replica of Elvis Presley's 1956 Rock And Roll LP. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
17.    Joe Stummer's real name is John Mellow. Mick Jones' real name is Mick Jones.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
16.    Famous American rock critic Lester Bangs toured with the band in England. Tensions apparently ran high, as Bernie Rhodes tried to set him on fire. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Gorillaz Perform In Sydney
Gorillaz Perform In Sydney
15.    The band ran into legal trouble various times in their career. One of their most heinous crimes for which they were arrested: stealing pillowcases from a hotel in Newcastle. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Gorillaz In Concert - October 8, 2010
Gorillaz In Concert - October 8, 2010
14.    Joe would tape a bandana around his right hand to protect it from frantic guitar strumming. He aptly called it a "Strum Guard". (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
13.    When addressing the violent nature of punk rock shows in a US interview, Joe criticized kids who threw bottles at gigs as "mummy's boys". (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
12.    Joe Strummer was born in Turkey, as his father was a civil servant. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
11.    Joe Strummer once directed a film, entitled Cops and Robbers. The stars? Mick, Paul, and photographer Pennie Smith. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
10.    Manager Bernie Rhodes once tried to swap Joneses in the late 70s, by attempting to replace Mick with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
9.    The band's diet early on wasn't exactly caviar: one night, Paul heated up the last of the band's food (flour and water paste) and ate it off a rusty blade. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
8.    Before hitting it big in the punk rock scene, Mick and Paul made a living customizing ladies' car coats.(Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
7.    Mick Jones initially tried to teach Paul Simonon guitar, but when it proved too difficult he switched to bass, because it had two less strings. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
6.    Combat Rock's "Should I Stay or Should I Go", one of the band's biggest commercial hits, was written by Jones about Ellen Foley, who sang backup vocals on the high-selling Meat Loaf album Bat Out of Hell. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
5.    "Train in Vain", the final song on London Calling, isn't listed on the album sleeve. It was initially intended to be a give-away single with NME, but the idea proved too expensive, and so it was tacked on to the album. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
4.    The band's first show in Belfast was stopped by Northern Irish authorities. So, the band decided to hit the town, and were photographed at various "trouble spots" with policemen. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2
3.    The music video for "Bankrobber" features two Clash roadies faking a bank heist in South London. During shooting, they were stopped and questioned by actual police who thought they were actual robbers. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Gorillaz Perform In Sydney
Gorillaz Perform In Sydney
2.    Most of their 1977 self-titled debut was written in the London flat of Mick Jones' grandmother, who was a regular at the band's early concerts. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 2
1.    Their first ever gig was 35 years ago, in the summer of 1976. Who did they open for? Infamous English punk stars The Sex Pistols. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
50 Things The Clash
50 Things The Clash
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