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Album cover parody of Northanger Abbey by Clash
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Band Name Origins:

  • They used to be called 101'ers. But after Terry Chimes joined on drums, they changed to The Clash after the favourite word of U.K Tabloid writers (every headline was a clash, a storm or a fury). Submitted by: Rys Evans
  • They got the name from Paul Simonon reading the Evening Standard and the word CLASH kept appearing( Ref Westway to the World). It was not the album "Two Sevens Clash", though this was a popular record with them. It certainly was not the graffiti under the westway, because they were the ones that sprayed it. Submitted by: Simon Zero

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: Only Band That Matters. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Known informally as: The Only Band That Matters. Submitted by: dxman

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Clash City Rockers"Self-explanatory - Kevin
"This Is Radio Clash"Says so right there in the title. - Mike

Former Career:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Joe Strummer""Gravedigger"When I was verifying the Rod Stewart submission, I discovered that Joe Strummer also used to work as a gravedigger. - Tim Kramar

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Train in Vain"This ought to be called "Stand by Me" because it's the most-repeated line in the song, but since there is already a song called "Stand by Me"… - crazydon

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"The Guns of Navarone""The Guns of Brixton"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Mother Calling""London Calling"FRANKY
"The Nuns of Brixton""The Guns of Brixton"I_Promise_I'll_Turn_that_Into_A_Parody
"Off The Crossbar""Rock The Casbah"Russian in the Red
"Spanish Rice""Spanish Bombs"SusanG

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Stop The World,"Nobody can stop it.Yvette Bristle
"London Calling,"Can a nation can call you on the telephone?Ned Riley
"Jail Guitar Doors,"How can you have guitar doors in a jail.Kevin

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Where Does Love Go When It Dies?," Def Leppard"Straight To Hell," The Clash
"Peace and Love," Neil Young"Hate and War," The Clash
"March Of The Damned," Judas Priest"Straight To Hell," The Clash
"What Have You Done?," Within Temptation"I Fought The Law," The Clash
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Hat And War" originally "Hate And War"
Peter
"Should I Say Or Should I Go?" originally "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"
Serafina
"Julie's Been Working For The Rug Squad" originally "Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad"
Nora Aaron
"White Rot" originally "White Riot"
No Name Given
"Train In Van" originally "Train In Vain"
Must be a big van...or maybe an electric train.
Daisy Pappus

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Should I Stay Or Should It Go?" originally "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"
Denise
"Should It Stay Or Should I Go?" originally "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"
Denise
"Strain In Vain (Stand By Me)" originally "Train In Vain (Stand By Me)"
Serafina
"Should I Stray Or Should I Go" originally "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Amy
"Straight To Hello" originally "Straight To Hell"
Lee Ann

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Guys Of Brixton" originally "Guns Of Brixton"
Ed
"Julia's Been Working For The Drug Squad" originally "Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad"
Naomi Swanson
"Host In The Supermarket" originally "Lost In The Supermarket"
Yvette Bristle
"Most In The Supermarket" originally "Lost In The Supermarket"
Yvette Bristle
"Late And War" originally "Hate And War"
A silly reason to start war, but I guess happens.
Peter

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Rock the Casbah""Lock the Cash Bar"Rex Ungericht
"Rock The Casbah""Locked The Cashbox"Larry Hensley
"Should I Stay or Should I Go?""Should I Bake or Should I Roast?"John A. Barry
"Should I Stay or Should I Go?""Should I Freeze or Should I Drop?"Jeff in Richmond VA
"Guns Of Brixton""Guns Of Bristol"Fack Sabbath
"Lost In The Supermarket""Lost In The Supermarkets"Fack Sabbath
"Should I Stay or Should I Go?""Should I Bay or Should I Goat?"John A. Barry
"Rock the Casbah""Mock The Prophet"Venom de Plume
"Should I Stay or Should I Go""The Reasons I Hate Frat Bros"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Spanish Bombs""Muslim Bombs"Susanna Viljanen

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Lost in the SupermarketPrice Chopper Grocery StoresCrystal
I Fought The LawLawyer's OfficeJosh
Lost In The SupermarketSupermarket Customer Service eric
London CallingTravel Agencyu can call me master
I Fought The LawLocal PrisonAmber
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
White RiotRainbow CoalitionBig Louie
I Fought The LawDefense lawyer's officeecgwald
Somebody Got MurderedPolice Anthony
Train In VainModel Train Enthusiastkozzie
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?George W Bush's Campaign HQCrystal
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Vienna Calling
   Falco
London Calling
   The Clash
Vienna Calling London
Calling Europe?
Tasha Yar
Werewolves of London
   Warren Zevon
London Calling
   The Clash
Werewolves of London Calling
You hear 'em howling around your kitchen door.
Martha Hankins
Jesus Thinks You're A Jerk
   Frank Zappa
Long Time Jerk
   The Clash
Jesus Thinks You're A Long Time Jerk
neptunevsmars
Sk8er Boi
   Avril Lavigne
Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
   The Clash
Sk8er Boi Meets G.I. Joe
Mayu
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

The Velvet Clash Underground
The Velvet Underground combined with The Clash
Velvet clashes with just about everything!
Submitted By: Robert Ballinger
The Police Clash
The Police combined with The Clash
Submitted By: Whatsmyname
The Barbarians & The Romans Clash
Little Caesar & The Romans/The Barbarians combined with The Clash
Submitted By: Raphael
Gym Clash Heroes
Gym Class Heroes combined with The Clash
Submitted By: nally

There are additional Clash Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Rock the Casbah"
Misheard Lyrics:
Sherida you like it!
Drop the cash off, drop the cash off!
Original Lyrics:
Sharif don't like it
Rock the Casbah! Rock the Casbah!
"The Crooked Beat"
Misheard Lyrics:
It's a bird! It's a plane!
No - it's that dog Weinstein - Lane!
Original Lyrics:
It's a bird! It's a plane!
No - it's the dubwise stylee!
"Rock The Casbah"
Misheard Lyrics:
Rock the bath salts! Rock the bath salts!
Original Lyrics:
Rock the casbah! Rock the casbah!
"Rock the Casbah"
Misheard Lyrics:
Fundamentally cardated!
Original Lyrics:
Fundamentally he can't take it
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Rock the Casbah"
Misheard Lyrics:
Sherida you like it!
Drop the cash off, drop the cash off!
Original Lyrics:
Sharif don't like it
Rock the Casbah! Rock the Casbah!

Story about this misheard lyric by: Sunny, Reece and Deece

My little brother, Deece asked: "Why would they wanna drop their cash off?"

There are additional misheard stories available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"
The Funny Lyrics:
If I go there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double
So you gotta let me know
should I stay or should I go?
Why They're Funny:
Now really! If I'd be in worse trouble if I leave, I'd rather stay...now that is a given...you don't even have to ask if you should stay or go considering the trouble you'll be in either way!
Submitted by: Dutch_Justine
 

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"I Fought The Law"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
I fought the law and the law won
Why They're Repetitive:
It repeats over and over again but the song is still good
Submitted by: Vikki
"Rock The Casbah"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
The shareef don't like it
Rockin' the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
Why They're Repetitive:
I don't like it either because your song is redundant!
Submitted by: sXe LeXi 5X2

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Rock The Casbah"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
He thinks it's not Kosher!
Why They're Nonsensical:
Get me if I'm wrong, but isn't the word "kosher" used to describe food? I'm pretty sure this line (and those near it) does not talk about food.
Submitted by: Ninjabassman
"Magnificent Seven"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Cheeseburger!
Why They're Nonsensical:
This is really just random, but funny. Like someone had lunch on his mind.
Submitted by: Crystal
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Dated Song Lyrics:

"The Magnificent Seven"
The Dated Lyrics:
Gimme Honda, gimme Sony
So cheap and real phony
Why They're Dated:
In the early 80s, Japanese products were still considered just cheap, imitation knockoffs of American or European brands. Not too many people would refer to Honda or Sony so derisively anymore.
Submitted by: Laura
 

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"
The Dirty Lyrics:
You're happy when I'm on my knees
Why They're Dirty:
If you don't get it, you probably haven't been to middle school.
Submitted by: Amanda
 

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Magnificent Seven"
The Lyrics:
Gimme Honda, gimme Sony So cheap and real phony! --------------------------------------------------------------------- Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels Came to the checkout at the 7-Eleven
Product Brand Name:
Honda, Sony, and 7-Eleven
Submitted by: Kelsey_O
"Brand New Cadillac"
The Lyrics:
My baby drove up in a brand new Cadillac
Product Brand Name:
Cadillac
Submitted by: Charlotte

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Train In Vain"
The Song Lyrics:
You say you stand by your man
Song They Mention:
Stand By Your Man ~ Tammy Wynette
Submitted by: Joshua
 

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Spanish Bombs"
Opening Lines:
Spanish bombs in Andalucia.
Comments:
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"This Is Radio Clash"
Opening Lines:
This is Radio Clash on pirate satellite.
Comments:
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Tom, My Gun" originally "Tommy Gun"
Submitted by: Cheryl Jordan

Band Name Anagrams:

Lash Chet Submitted by: Cape Canaveral Lavigne

Song Title Anagrams:

"Go Now Embryo" originally "Wrong 'Em Boyo"
Submitted by: Josh
"Yo! Working Hurts" originally "Know Your Rights"
Submitted by: Josh
"Short Backache" originally "Rock The Casbah"
.. From too much rocking?
Submitted by: Josh

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Rock the Casbah"
The Lyrics:
Sharif don't like it
Rocking the Casbah, rock the Casbah
Why:
Casbah is a citadel of Algiers, the capital city of Algeria.
Submitted by: B1982
"London Calling"
The Lyrics:
London calling to the faraway towns
Now that war is declared-and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look at us
All that phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing
Why:
London...
Submitted by: Carolyn

Songs That Are Banned:

"Bankrobber"
Banned on the BBC, presumably because of its lyrics about robbing banks
Submitted by: Ra'akone

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Koka Kola" Length: 1:50
A little known track off London Calling...
Submitted by: G

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Dunlin Calling" originally "London Calling"
Dunlin is a kind of sandpiper.
Submitted by: Linda Radnil
"Damp Clown" originally "Clampdown"
Submitted by: Sutch
"Sauced In The Looper Market" originally "Lost In The Supermarket"
Submitted by: Blake DeKalb
"Row Your Knights" originally "Know Your Rights"
Submitted by: Josh

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"
The Lyrics:
This indecision’s bugging me
Esta indecision me molesta
If you don’t want me, set me free
Si no me quieres, librame
Exactly whom I’m supposed to be
Dime que tengo que ser
Don’t you know which clothes even fit me?
¿sabes que ropas me quedan?
Come on and let me know
Me tienes que decir
Should I cool it or should I blow?
¿me debo ir o quedarme?

Should I stay or should I go now?
yo me enfrio o lo sufro
Should I stay or should I go now?
yo me enfrio o lo sufro
If I go there will be trouble
Si me voy - va a haber peligro
And if I stay it will be double
Si me quedo es doble
So you gotta let me know
Pero me tienes que decir
Should I cool it or should I go?
yo me enfrio o lo sufro

Should I stay or should I go now?
yo me enfrio o lo sufro
If I go there will be trouble
Si me voy - va a haber peligro
And if I stay it will be double
Si me quedo es doble
So you gotta let me know
Pero me tienes que decir
Should I stay or should I go?
Why:
The lead vocalist sings the lyrics in English. The background vocalists repeat the lyrics, but in Spanish.
Submitted by: Robert Ballinger
 

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"
The Lyrics:
If I go, there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double.
Why:
Sounds to me like he's in trouble either way. But this song is still great to listen to.
Submitted by: Your Mum
 

Band Name Spoonerisms:

The Shellac originally "The Clash"
Mop the Casbah, mop the Casbah.
Submitted by: punk

Hidden Tracks:

"Train In Vain"
It is the last track on the London Calling album, and is well-known for the refrain "Stand by me". It was not intended to be a hidden track per se; it was included on the album at the last minute, after the album cover had already been designed and printed.
Submitted by: Agrimorfee

Hidden Messages:

"Rock the Casbah"
In the middle of the song, you'll hear a video game beeping. It was mistaken for a cell phone, but cell phones were released 10 years after the song came out.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Rock The Casbah"
2015 comedy with Bill Murray
Submitted by: Opie M.

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"Charlie Don't Surf"
The Lyrics:
Charlie don't surf and we think he should
Why:
Apocalypse Now
Submitted by: Tarzan
 

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