Frantz: “The Clash were pretty badass. One of the things they were great at was punk imagery. It seemed as if they never left their apartments – or their ‘flats,’ as they would say – without a photographer. They were always dressed in either paramilitary, Western or gangster outfits. They had the whole look thing down.
“And, of course, they had great songs. I would choose White Riot, from their first album, as a standout. It was about the famous incident at the Notting Hill Carnival, where a bunch of teenagers and Caribbean people rioted during the big street festival. The Clash, of course, were jealous – they wanted to riot, too.”
Weymouth: “I like the Clash more now than I did originally. I saw them play live, and I didn’t think they were very good. I thought they were more about their image and their outfits. It seemed a bit silly to make the music about fashion.
“Now I appreciate fashion in ways I never did before, and I recognize how wonderful it is. So I don’t think The Clash are silly anymore; in fact, I’ve always been incredibly sorry that they broke up and that Joe Strummer couldn’t get it back on track. I’m sorry that Mick Jones had his heart broken, and I’m sorry for Topper.
“But I’m glad that Joe, before he died, knew that he was going to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. For him, that meant something pretty incredible.”