A new biography, Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer by Chris Salewicz about the lead singer and lyricist for my all time favorite rock band, the Clash, has lots of fun fact on the leftwing icon. Joe stopped brushing his teeth at around age 16, causing them to eventually fall out, which helped him sound more proletarian, more like Andy Capp's dad, and less like the public school boy he actually was.
The Clash song "Bankrobber" explained:
My daddy was a bankrobber
But he never hurt nobody
He just loved to live that way
And he loved to steal your money
Actually, Joe's father Ronald Mellor had been born in
One memorable detail of this endlessly detailed biography is that when Strummer's dad was stationed at the British embassy in