Clash would never have regrouped, says Jones
Mick Jones says the Clash would never have got back together even if frontman Joe Strummer hadn’t died in 2002.
But it’s more important that the members were able to rekindle their friendships following the disintegration that took place from 1982 to 1986 – including the guitarist’s dismissal 30 years ago this month.
The Clash are poised to launch a 13-disc box set called Sound System, which Jones says will be their last word after he spent three years on the project.
He tells Rolling Stone: “I’m not even thinking about any more Clash releases. This is it for me, and I say that with an exclamation mark.
“I think a reason why it’s lasted so long and people are still interested today is the power of the words and the truth. That’s what carries it on. It’s the same today. We had an honesty that people still recognise.”
With hindsight he believes the band would have benefitted from taking a break, rather than continuing on course until their frustrations got the better of them.
“We were just all fed up with each other,” he admits. “The bigger it got, the more difficult it became. We battled through constant issues. When you’re together all the time you’re going to get fed up with people, especially without breaks.
“And then we started to get into whatever we were into individually, and that became an issue. I don’t think the music was ever affected – it was all going on behind the scenes. We could have dealt with it better.”
The band managed to settle their differences before Strummer passed away on the eve of their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Bassist Paul Simonon has previously explained why he wasn’t interested in a reunion – and now Jones says they’d never have regrouped.
“We were never in agreement. It was never at a point where all of us wanted to do it at the same time.
“Most importantly for us, we became friends again after the group broke up, and continued that way for the rest of the time. That was more important to us than the band.”
Sound System is released on September 9.
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