The Clash's 1978 LP Give 'Em Enough Rope was slightly off-putting to some fans. The record label teamed the band with producer Sandy Pearlman, best known for his work with Blue Oyster Cult. The songs are absolutely amazing, but some felt that Pearlman's production made the music a little too glossy and clean. "Stay Free" is one of the stand-out tracks from the LP. It was written by Mick Jones about his gang of childhood friends in South London, specifically Robin Banks. "He was the guy who punched out Sandy Pearlman," said Jones. "Who was producing the album, of course. Which was kind of ironic."