Ian Rubbish Interviews Members of The Clash
Sure, The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon were two important pieces of a band that provided a voice for rebellious British youth, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Fred Armisen’s punk alter-ego, Ian Rubbish, former frontman of the fictional, shamelessly derivative punk band The Bizzaros, sat down to remind the two members of The Clash of the impact The Bizarros, in case you might not have realized, had on the late ’70s musical landscape as well.
“The Clash, you know, they write a lot about politics,” explained Rubbish. “What [the Bizarros] did with the Clash is, when they would say something political, we would say something like ‘We agree with The Clash.’”
Rubbish’s knack for one-upsmanship of course shined through in his band’s musical output. When The Clash were rebelling against the stifling oppression of their government, the Bizarros were right there behind them to say “So are we!” When The Clash put out their classic 1979 double-album London Calling, Rubbish and the Bizarros, naturally, scrambled to put out a quadruple-album Camden Beckons.
Watch Rubbish explain to the two Clash members just how important the Bizzaros have been to punk music, and hear the trio collaborate on the poignant “Hey Policeman” above.