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The Clash

The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, dub, funk, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones' departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, earned them popularity in the United States when it came out there the following month. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1982 they reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock, which spawned the US top 10 hit "Rock the Casbah", helping the album to achieve a 2x Platinum certification there. Their final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985.

The Clash's politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular. They became widely referred to as "The Only Band That Matters", originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group's record label, CBS. In January 2003, the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Critic Sean Egan summarised what made them exceptional by writing, "They were a group whose music was, and is, special to their audience because that music insisted on addressing the conditions of poverty, petty injustice, and mundane life experienced by the people who bought their records. Moreover, although their rebel stances were often no more than posturing, from The Clash’s stubborn principles came a fundamental change in the perception of what is possible in the music industry, from subject matter to authenticity to quality control to price ceilings.

Beside main line up, other members of the band were: Terry Chimes- 1976;1977;1982, Keith Levene- 1976, Rob Harper- 1976–1977, Nick Sheppard- 1983–1986, Vince White- 1983–1986,and Pete Howard- 1983–1986.
Joe Strummer died on December 22, 2002 of an undiagnosed congenital heart defectat age 50.
The cover of the album London Calling featuring a photograph of Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar against the stage at The Palladium in New York City, was voted the best rock and roll photograph of all time by Q Magazine.
Band's drummer Topper Headon was asked to leave the band just prior to the release of the album Combat Rock in 1982, due to his heroin addiction, which was hurting his health and also his drumming.
The Clash planned to record and release a single every month in 1980, but their record label, CBS, balked at this idea.
According to Mick Jones, their song "I'm So Bored With The U.S.A." was "I'm So Bored With You" until Joe Strummer added the S and the A.
Their song “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”, was used in a TV commercial for jeans in 1991, and the re-released single reached no.1 in the UK chart.
Band's members appear in the Martin Scorsese film "The King Of Comedy" (1983). They were credited as "street scum."
Jones and Strummer were in trouble throughout 1977 with the police for a variety of minor crimes: from petty vandalism to stealing a pillowcase, while on March 1978 Simonon and Headon were arrested for shooting racing pigeons with an air gun from the roof of rehearsal studio.
The Clash's song London Calling is ranked #64 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.
The Clash is #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.


80's Hits

Rock the Casbah
Should I Stay or Should I Go

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