Lead singer of The Clash dead at 57
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15 February 2010
The song held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks. It became a pop culture phenomenon, memorably covered by Cheech Marin as My Scrotum, and used by several other bands after long stretches where their own personal Muses didn't arrive.
Fieger, a Detroit-area native, died at his home near Los Angeles after battling multiple brain cancers. The reason that such afflictions strike so many in the rock business at relatively early ages is thought to be noise-cancelling headphones. Reportedly, Fieger did not ask his famous brother, trial lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, to contact famous client Jack Kevorkian, but let nature run its course. (The only other notable Michigan native is Bay City's Madonna.)
Fieger gave the AP an interview in 1994, in which he talked about the remarkable girl Sharona who inspired the chart-busting hit. That interview tastefully gave no clue at all as to what inspired the raunchy lyrics. But former President George W. Bush liked them enough to have the song on his personal iPod, famously dispelling all remaining doubts about his judgment.