7 reasons why I like The Clash
… the over-privileged Joe Strummer spent his whole life impersonating what he imagined an authentic working class person would be like: bad teeth, unintelligible speech, chain smoking.
… guitarist Mick Jones lived in a high rise estate for only four months and then wrote at least 40 songs about it.
… with their Police and Thieves cover, they made reggae sound like marching music.
… with The Magnificent Seven, they were almost the first white artists to do hip-hop. Blondie’s Rapture beat them by only a month.
… Joe Strummer referred to Billy Idol’s band Generation X as follows: “I hate bands like that. They stand for nothing, they mean nothing, they are essentially just a bunch of wimps.”
… when Joe Strummer, for once, walked the walk trying to sell the Morning Star to striking miners, he got dispirited after only one day.
… they were full of contradictions – and that’s what made them seem human.
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