Years: 1975 - 1986
Styles: Funk Rock, New Wave, Punk Rock
Terry Chimes - Drums (in band: 1975 - 1977; 1982 - 1983)
Mick Jones - Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1975 - 1983)
Joe Strummer - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1975 - 1986)
Paul Simonon - Bass Guitar (in band: 1976 - 1986)
Keith Levene - Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer (in band: 1976)
Topper Headon - Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion (in band: 1977 - 1982)
Pete Howard - Drums (in band: 1983 - 1986)
Nick Sheppard - Guitar (in band: 1984 - 1986)
The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but The Clash were the definitive British punk rockers. Where the Pistols were nihilistic, The Clash were fiery and idealistic, charged with righteousness and a leftist political ideology. From the outset, the band was more musically adventurous, expanding their hard rock & roll with reggae, dub, and rap rockabilly among other roots music.
Furthermore, they were blessed with two exceptional songwriters in Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, each with a distinctive voice and style. The Clash copped heavily from classic outlaw imagery, positioning themselves as rebels with a cause. As a result, they won a passionately devoted following on both side of the Atlantic. While they became rock & roll heroes in the UK, second only to the Jam in terms of popularity, it took The Clash several years to break into the American market and when they finally did in 1982, they imploded several months later.
Though The Clash never became the superstars they always threatened to become, they restored passion and protest to rock & roll. For a while, they really did seem like “the only band that mattered.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine 
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