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Clash
United Kingdom

Years: 1975 - 1986
Styles: Funk Rock, New Wave, Punk Rock

Founder

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)

Members

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)

Biography

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     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 [1] 


  1. All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop and Soul. 3rd Edition 2002. Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

 


Albums

Clash (Apr 8, 1977)
Give 'Em Enough Rope (Oct 11, 1978)
London Calling (Dec 14, 1979)
Sandinista! (Dec 12, 1980)
Combat Rock (May 14, 1982)
Cut the Crap (Nov 4, 1985)

Singles & EPs

White Riot (Mar 18, 1977)
Capital Radio (Apr 9, 1977)
Remote Control (May 13, 1977)
Complete Control (Sep 23, 1977)
Clash City Rockers (Feb 17, 1978)
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (Jun 16, 1978)
I Fought the Law (Jul 26, 1978)
Tommy Gun (Nov 24, 1978)
English Civil War (Feb 23, 1979)
Groovy Times (Jul 26, 1979)
London Calling (Dec 7, 1979)
Train In Vain (Stand by Me) (Feb 12, 1980)
The Call Up (Nov 28, 1980)
The Magnificent Seven (Apr 10, 1981)
This Is Radio Clash (Nov 20, 1981)
Know Your Rights (Apr 23, 1982)
Rock The Casbah (Jun 11, 1982)
Rock the Casbah / Mustapha Dance (Jun 11, 1982)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Sep 17, 1982)
This Is England (Sep 30, 1985)

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