COVERED: The Clash vs. Jimmy Fallon

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We all know the classic photo of The Class bassist Paul Simonon about to rupture his bass guitar as a man on stage in the back runs for his life. It became the cover of London Calling, which photographer Pennie Smith didn’t think was anything worthy until the band said otherwise. The album celebrated its 34th anniversary last weekend.

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Jimmy Fallon returned to his old Saturday Night Live stomping grounds yesterday, with Justin Timberland as the musical guest and comedic cohort, and to my eyes, this looks very much like homage to The Clash. This isn’t the first time Fallon has done album cover homage for SNL, as he honored David Bowie during his last time as host two years ago.