Here’s the story of how the ear belonging to Pogues singer Shane McGowan gave the Clash their first important big of exposure.
When the Clash was just starting out in the mid-70s, Shane was a major punk rocker. He’d show up at all the gigs, including virtually every Clash show. In 1976, he was at a Clash gig with his girlfriend. She was mad (not as in “angry” but as in “crazy.”) Depending on who you ask, they either (a) got into a fight during the set or (b) she began to passionately nibble on his ear.
Whatever the case, she actually bit off part of Shane’s ear. A photographer got a shot of the blood streaming down Shane’s neck and that photo was picked up by newspapers around the UK. That was the first bit of major press cover the Clash ever received.
Yesterday’s post featured more Dave Grohl trivia.