Like a lot of the Punk and pseudo-Punk of my youth, I find it near-impossible to listen to the first two Clash albums (and various myriad singles) - the misguided politics haven't worn well through the decades ("white riot? I wanna riot?" - yeah, of course they were being ironic!) It's only when the group morphed into a meandering pop band (with tons of guest stars) that the boys became listenable.
I wonder if the discussion of the band's "classic albums" will include "Cut the Crap" which is basically the "Plan 9 from Outer Space" of albums. Glad to hear that yet another "BEST OF" Clash album will be available...I think there have been at least two box sets and numerous compilations released. One more will surely feed the fires of revolution (make that "fires of bloated Capitalism") - Strummer is always deemed the de-facto leader of the Clash, yet Mick Jones truly shaped the band's sound and rounded off the edges pop-wise to create a more palatable soundscape in the face of the Clash's scurvy polemics and strange politics.
Jones' Big Audio Dynamite conglomeration also did some fun and innovative things. It's a shame that the best Clash song - "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" - is the song I'm most likely to switch off if I hear it on the radio (usually right after "Billie Jean" or "Stairway to Heaven") - the Clash tend to be pigeon-holed as a musical entity of change and action. In reality, they became just another FM Classic Rock band