[Sandy Pearlman’s] first encounter with The Clash, or rather, the band’s inner circle, went badly…
“The Clash always took their pre-gig warm-up time extremely seriously, psyching themselves for performance in much the same way as a football teem. To this end, [road manager] Johnny Green would seal off their dressing room for the period immediately before they took the stage.
Unfortunately, at the first show he attended, Pearlman made the mistake of trying to push his way in past Robin Crocker, who had no idea who he was and had already refused him entry once. Drunk, and paying no heed to Mick’s recent promise to [rock critic] Lester Bangs regarding unprovoked assaults, Robin lost his temper and hit Sandy on the nose.”
The guy this song is about, Robin Crocker, is in the audience, singing along: