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The Clash

The Clash are often claimed to be one of the greatest rock/punk bands of all time. They formed in 1976, after Joe Strummer left the R&B pub-rock band the 101'ers to join Mick Jones, formerly of the proto-punk band London SS with Paul Simonon. The band originally had guitarist Keith Levine, but he soon left (He would go onto play with John Lydon in PiL). They then recruited drummer Terry Chimes, who left the band during the recording of their first full length LP, "The Clash", released only in the UK. Topper Headon, often called "The Human Drum Machine," was recruited to drum permanently. ...read more

The Clash are often claimed to be one of the greatest rock/punk bands of all time. They formed in 1976, after Joe Strummer left the R&B pub-rock band the 101'ers to join Mick Jones, formerly of the proto-punk band London SS with Paul Simonon. The band originally had guitarist Keith Levine, but he soon left (He would go onto play with John Lydon in PiL). They then recruited drummer Terry Chimes, who left the band during the recording of their first full length LP, "The Clash", released only in the UK. Topper Headon, often called "The Human Drum Machine," was recruited to drum permanently.

The Clash went on to produce "Give 'Em Enough Rope" is 1978, and showed the group's growth and contained some Clash classics such as Tommy Gun and Safe European Home. The important factor with the album though, was that The Clash had broken onto the American Market, even though some old fans criticized the band for this decision. The band then started to tour in the United States for the first time as well, with little help from their label, CBS. In 1979, after re-releasing their self titled debut with some changes,their testament to rock for all time, "London Calling" was released. The album was a mixture of many styles,and showed growth in the band's sound and lyrics. The album was voted the best of the 80s by Rolling Stone,and the 8th greatest album of all time. The album has sold in excess of 3 million units, proving to be their most successful and influential record to this day.

The Clash soon went on to produced the 3 LP, sprawling and messy "Sandinista!," and the commercially accessible, but still rather good "Combat Rock" featuring their first Top 10 U.S. Single "Should I Stay or Should I Go". Afterwards, Topper Headon was kicked out of the band for frequent drug problems, and later Mick Jones was kicked out, citing his problematic behaviours for cause. Former drummer Terry Chimes filled intemporarily, but never did any new recording, just played the support tour but again left soon afterwards, not being able to deal with the growing tension between the band.

Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon went on, hiring drummer Pete Howard and a few other younger musicians.They recorded the meandering, and dismissed "Cut the Crap", released in 1985, the same year Mick's new band Big Audio Dynamite, released their debut album. Most fans don't even recognize Cut The Crap as an album by the Clash, and the band officially broke up in 1986, although fans realized the band was done before then.

Many members of The Clash moved onto different projects, including Mick with his new band Big Audio Dynamite (BAD), Paul started a short lived reggae/rock band called Havana 3am, and Joe would appear in movies, recording music for soundtracks, and released a solo album in 1989 titled "Earthquake Weather". Strummer made his real comback in the late nineties with his new band The Mescaleros, which would be cut short by Joe's tragic and untimely death in December of 2002. The Clash's legacy carries on as bringing integrity to punk, as well as being one of few bands from the 70's British punk explosion to move beyond the slums of London to become a respected band world-wide.

The Clash were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2003, just months after Strummer's death. Today, Mick Jones has a current band called Carbon/Silicon with Tony James, while Paul is a painter and is part of Damon Albarn's latest band The Good, The Bad & The Queen playing bass. « hide

Similar Bands: The 101'ers, Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, Big Audio Dynamite, Sex Pistols, Ramones

LPs
Cut the Crap
1985

1.7
255 Votes
Combat Rock
1982

3.5
554 Votes
Sandinista!
1980

3.6
390 Votes
London Calling
1979

4.5
1,952 Votes
Give 'Em Enough Rope
1978

3.9
438 Votes
The Clash
1977

4.3
616 Votes
EPs
Black Market Clash
1980

4
55 Votes
The Cost of Living
1979

3.5
3 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Shea Stadium
2008

4
24 Votes
Live: From Here to Eternity
1999

4
80 Votes
Compilations
The Clash Hits Back
09/09/2013

3.3
4 Votes
London Calling: Legacy Edition
2004

4.5
215 Votes
The Essential Clash
2003

4.2
108 Votes
The Story of the Clash
2000

4.1
35 Votes
Super Black Market Clash
1993

3.9
73 Votes
The Singles
1991

4.2
32 Votes
Clash On Broadway
1991

4.4
32 Votes
The Clash (US version)
1979

4.3
512 Votes

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