The Clash Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

21st January 2015

Fact: Former The Clash rocker Paul Simonon unveiled his latest art exhibition at the Ica gallery in London on Tuesday (20Jan15). The paintings depict biker memorabilia including leather jackets and boots.

19th November 2013

Quote: "It's a better story at the end of the day that we didn't get back together. We saved all that time and effort by not reforming. It seems like we would have squandered what we'd achieved by reforming. Why do people get together? Why do bands reform? Oh, they're good mates. Well, that's nice. It's usually because of a financial situation that has to be adhered to. Basically, everyone's broke." Paul Simonon is glad The Clash never reformed.

1st October 2013

Fact: Blur star Damon Albarn is set to make his debut as a radio Dj on Saturday (05Oct13) when he steps in for BBC Radio 2 presenter Dermot O'Leary for the day. The rocker will welcome a number of special guests during the show, including The Wire star Idris Elba and The Clash's Paul Simonon, who was also a member of the singer's Gorillaz collective.

11th April 2012

Fact: The new Strummer of Love festival to mark the 60th birthday of late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer will take place in Somerset, England from 17-19 August (12) - 10 years after the punk icon died. The talent will be announced next week (beg23Apr12) and will feature many of Strummer's friends and "global superstars", according to the festival's website. Proceeds will benefit Strummerville, a charity established in the guitarist's memory.

22nd November 2011

Fact: French actress/director Julie Delpy is to make a movie about late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The Right Profile will chronicle the punk icon's life and career. Strummer died in December 2002.

31st August 2011

Quote: "The life has the highs and lows and complexities to make for a feature film and a great soundtrack. I'd need to brush up my vocal and guitar skills." Orlando Bloom would like to star as late punk legend Joe Strummer in a biopic of The Clash singer.

17th June 2010

Fact: British artists Tracey Emin, Nick Hornby and BILLY CHILDISH have recreated the The Clash's iconic LONDON CALLING album cover in honour of the sleeve's creator RAY LOWRY, who died in 2008. An exhibition of the pieces will go on display in London on Friday (18Jun10).

6th February 2009

Fact: Former The Clash guitarist Mick Jones is to display a collection of his personal belongings as part of a London exhibition. The items to go on show at the The Rock And Roll Public Library in March (09) include customised stage clothes, instruments, flight cases, recording gear, posters, boxes of correspondence and song lyrics.

8th January 2009

Quote: "We stole the haircuts from the Sex Pistols and the reggae from The Clash, and the best part was that their reggae song was Police + THIEVES." The Police star STEWART COPELAND admits to stealing from his punk peers.

11th December 2008

Fact: A Christmas charity gig is to be held in London on 21 December (08) to celebrate the life of late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer. Acts scheduled to appear include THE ROTTEN HILL GANG, THE RIFF-RAFF, DAN SMITH and THE SAVAGE NOMADS. The proceeds will go to Strummerville, the charity founded by Strummer's widow LUCINDA shortly after his death in 2002.

16th April 2008

Fact: Former The Clash star PAUL SIMONON is to stage his first art exhibition in six years this month (Apr08). The bassist-turned-painter is exhibiting a selection of oil paintings in an east London gallery from 17 April (08) until 9 May (08).

4th February 2008

Quote: "In the seventies, I worked on a TV programme in Germany with The Clash. They ended up singing (my hit song) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING to me and wrote, 'THE CLASH loves DANA' on their T-shirts." Irish singer-turned-politician DANA found unlikely fans in punk rockers THE CLASH.

28th November 2007

Fact: Primal Scream star MANI and former The Smiths bassist ANDY ROURKE will mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Clash frontman Joe Strummer on 22 December (07) at a tribute show, called LONDON CALLING: REMEMBERING JOE STRUMMER, in Brixton, London.

5th November 2007

Quote: "He didn't want to talk. I really don't know why." Filmmaker Julien Temple on the most obvious omission from his Joe Strummer tribute documentary THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN, former The Clash bandmate PAUL SIMONON.

21st June 2007

Fact: A previously unheard track by late Clash frontman Joe Strummer will receive its world premiere on Friday (22Jun07). DIVORCING JACK will air on The Late Show on BBC Radio Ulster.

28th February 2007

Fact: THE SMITHEREENS and CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN are among the cult acts who have recorded covers of classic Clash tunes for a new tribute compilation, THE SANDINISTA! PROJECT.

29th January 2007

Quote: "They can't play, but they play better than anybody you ever heard." Bono on his musical heroes The Clash.

16th January 2007

Quote: "My first instrument was a Stylophone - a little hand organ played with a pen that you hear on David Bowie's SPACE ODDITY." The Clash star Mick Jones on his early musical talents.

16th January 2007

Quote: "He's doing all right at the moment... You've got to go through it yourself and figure it out. I did try (to help) a little... You care about people and you try to offer good advice." Former The Clash star Mick Jones on pal Pete Doherty.

6th January 2007

Quote: "We are experienced warriors. Grown men. We are not spotty 17-year-old kids any more who have nothing to show apart from their desire to make noise, let alone experience." Damon Albarn insists age isn't a barrier for THE GOOD, THE BAD + THE QUEEN, the new band he's formed with former The Clash bassist PAUL SIMONON.

23rd August 2006

Fact: Author Irvine Welsh, Pete Townshend and Damon Albarn will contribute liner notes to a new The Clash singles box set.

23rd May 2006

Fact: DIXIE CHICKS star Natalie Maines' guitarist dad once opened for punk pioneers The Clash when he was a member of country icon JOE ELY's band.

28th March 2006

Fact: Late The Clash rocker Joe Strummer contributed guitar for JANKY HOLOCAUST, a track recorded for the long-awaited GUNS N' ROSES album CHINESE DEMOCRACY, two weeks before his death. Frontman Axl Rose has since ditched the tune from the finished album.

20th September 2005

Fact: <p>GOOD CHARLOTTE siblings JOEL and Benji Madden have teamed up with rap sensation The Game to record a new tune. The pop punks claim the untitled new track is "The Clash meets NWA". </p>

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