Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
I always thought The Clash sounded like rockabilly. And I never understood what people thought was so impressive about them.
There were a lot of polarized discussions between people about the Clash at the time whether they "sold out" with London Calling. Personally, I like their first three albums a lot, then they lost me with Sandinista. PIL had come out with Metal Box/Second Edition the same year and there is no comparison regarding the rhythms between the two. PIL with Jah Wobble were the deep stuff and the Clash were dilettantes in the dub world.
"When The Clash broke up, they kept growing musically. Mick Jones started Big Audio Dynamite, and became one of the first musicians to sample movie clips and sound effects into songs. Two members of B.A.D. were reggae musicians, and Mick became one of the first to mix pop music harmonies with reggae rhythms. Through his sampling of movie clips (primarily westerns) and reggae fusion, he helped inspire both "break beat" and "dub" music, which enjoyed varying levels of popularity in clubs during the late '90s.
Mick Jones did not inspire "dub". There are different accounts extant, but "'Dub" origins typically start with the instrumental "versions" on the b-side of Jamaican rock steady singles in 1969, with Osbourne Ruddock (King Tubby) being considered the first pioneer who developed and popularized these tough rhythm tracks. I recommend checking King Tubby and Lee "scratch" Perry out
to discover what influenced the Clash's dub "stylings".