Happy Birthday Mick Jones, 61 Today.
Most of the debut LP The Clash was written on the 18th floor of a council high rise on London's Harrow Rd. The flat was owned by Mick's grandmother, who regularly turned up at Clash gigs.
'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' was written by Mick about American singer Ellen Foley, who sang the backing vocals on Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell LP.
Mick Jones tried to teach Paul Simonon to play the guitar (as he had no previous experience), but he couldn't grasp it so he took up the bass because ''it's easier and has only 4 strings''.
The Clash weren't always into combat fatigues. When Mick Jones and Paul first got involved with the punk experience, they used to customize ladies' car coats.
During a tricky period in the late 70's, Manager Bernie Rhodes tried to replace Mick Jones with Steve Jones from The Sex Pistols.
Joe Strummer once directed his own movie Cops & Robbers, staring Mick, Paul, and Clash photographer Pennie Smith.
Mick Jones played guitar on the Elvis Costello song 'Big Tears' on the B-side of 'Pump It Up'.
The Blockheads (they of Ian Dury And...) once turned up unexpectedly at a Clash recording session dressed as policemen, causing Mick Jones to flush all of his illicit substances down the toilet and the rest of the band to flee.
Mick Jones' band 'London SS' was originally a hard rock group which was revamped and evolved to become 'The Clash'.
'Rock The Casbah' was the very first rock video that starred an armadillo, zoo fans. During the vast majority of the video clip, guitarist Mick Jones's face is obscured by a veiled camouflage hat. The reason for this is that Jones was in a bad mood during the film shoot. Jones' face remains hidden until the final 30 seconds of the clip, when his bandmate Joe Strummer pulls the hat off.