The Clash

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Influential British punk group from west and south London, active between 1976 and 1985. Adding catchy sloganistic socio-political lyrics to their brand of garage rock 'n' roll, the band soon explored wider musical horizons than most of their contemporaries, incorporating reggae, dub, rockabilly, hip hop and funk influences into their music and a whole lot more.
The US saw the 2nd album "Give 'Em Enough Rope" relased before the first to coincide with the band's first transatlantic tour in early 1979 (and like in Japan and in Canada) the 1st LP "The Clash" was soon repackaged with an updated track list and the addition of a free 7" "Groovy Times" / "Gates Of The West" which wasn't released separately. A year later they were receiving worlwide acclaim with their classic double album "London Calling".
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 (Performer), their classic line-up comprised Joe Strummer (vocals / guitar, b. John Graham Mellor August 21, 1952 Ankara, Turkey d. Dec 22, 2002 Broomfield, Somerset, England), Paul Simonon (bass, b.December 15, 1955), Mick Jones (guitar, b. June 26, 1955) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, b.May 30, 1955).
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The Clash - Take It Or Leave It! album art The Clash Take It Or Leave It! Wise/P.F.P. Company Limited UK 1977 Sell This Version
The Clash - Live At Mont De Marsan 1977 album art The Clash Live At Mont De Marsan 1977 Not On Label (The Clash) France 1977 Sell This Version
none The Clash - Demos / Mont-de-Marsan album art The Clash Demos / Mont-de-Marsan(Cass, Unofficial) Not On Label none UK 1977 Sell This Version
The Clash - London Calling album art The Clash London Calling (Album) JJ Record Taiwan 1979 Sell This Version
The Clash - Clash On Tour - Live In Paris 1977/78 album art The Clash Clash On Tour - Live In Paris 1977/78 Instant Lettering, Tommy Gun UK 1979 Sell This Version
The Clash - Klashing With The Clash album art The Clash Klashing With The Clash Not On Label (The Clash) US 1979 Sell This Version
The Clash - Sort It Out album art Clash* Sort It Out Not On Label (The Clash) UK 1979 Sell This Version
The Clash - All Or Nothing album art The Clash All Or Nothing (Album) Not On Label (The Clash), Full Tilt Records (3) US 1980 Sell This Version
The Clash - Sandinista! album art The Clash Sandinista! (Album) Not On Label (The Clash), Not On Label (The Clash) South Korea 1980 Sell This Version
The Clash - Capital Crisis album art Clash* Capital Crisis Not On Label (The Clash) US 1980 Sell This Version
The Clash - Clash In Hamburg album art The Clash Clash In Hamburg Not On Label (The Clash) Germany 1980 Sell This Version
The Clash - Cardiff-77 album art The Clash Cardiff-77 Not On Label (The Clash) France 1980 Sell This Version
The Clash - Police (And Firemen) On My Back album art The Clash Police (And Firemen) On My Back Klashin' Records US 1981 Sell This Version
The Clash - In Europe album art The Clash In Europe Irdaf Rec Europe 1981 Sell This Version
The Clash - Impossible Mission - Live In Italy album art The Clash Impossible Mission - Live In Italy Not On Label (The Clash) Italy 1981 Sell This Version
UD-6572, UD-6573, UD-6574 The Clash - Hits album art The Clash Hits(3xLP, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Clash), Not On Label (The Clash), Not On Label (The Clash) UD-6572, UD-6573, UD-6574 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
MCC 2812 The Clash - Londonderry album art The Clash Londonderry(2xLP, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Clash) MCC 2812 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
Clash 001 The Clash - The Other Nights From Bonds June 81 New York album art The Clash The Other Nights From Bonds June 81 New York(LP, Unofficial) Not on label (The Clash) Clash 001 UK 1981 Sell This Version
The Clash - Combat Rock album art The Clash Combat Rock (Album) High stereo light South Korea 1982 Sell This Version
The Clash - Stinkfoot In Hollywood album art The Clash Stinkfoot In Hollywood Cash Disque Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
The Clash - White Riot album art Clash* White Riot (Album) Nordsee Germany 1982 Sell This Version
BP205568 The Clash - Down At The Casbah Club (Or...The Return Of Tory Crimes) album art The Clash Down At The Casbah Club (Or...The Return Of Tory Crimes)(2xLP, Unofficial) Butch Records BP205568 US 1982 Sell This Version
R&B 2630 The Clash - Up And At Em album art The Clash Up And At Em(LP, Unofficial) Red And Black R&B 2630 1982 Sell This Version
The Clash - Live album art The Clash Live Not On Label (The Clash) Italy 1983 Sell This Version
The Clash - New Speedway album art The Clash New Speedway Not On Label (The Clash) UK 1984 Sell This Version

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StayFreeRecords

StayFreeRecords

November 26, 2017
The Clash were a band of the time that were intent on educating and evolving using cultures from the past, present and into the future....whatever that held. Very small splinter groups were the shakers and movers of “punk”. The Clash were an accepted part of that peer group. The difference at the time within that group of like minded people, was Malcolm McClaren, who in effect, masterminded the Sex Pistols and the journey they took. Punk was an attitude, but for them it was to be over so soon. Believe me though, meeting The Clash at Rehearsal Rehearsals in the early days, I can assure you they were certainly a “garage” band. No airs or graces but level headed and trying so hard to make all of their different backgrounds, characters and ideas work. The Pistols may have been one of the main catalysts of the punk ‘movement’ but they imploded over their management control and the rest is history. Others though, carried the flag far longer. The Clash eventually took the same of course and their manager Bernard Rhodes is infamously cited as being instrumental in the part he played that. History shows though that their journey was perhaps more interesting and yet they still believed in evolving to wherever it took them. Taking influence from American culture gave them so much more to work on. Traditional Black music influences through to rap and beyond. They were still bucking the trend, using any political or social issues of the time to get a message across. In time the unit, it’s strong opinions and various influences meant there would always be differences. No matter, The Clash legacy and legend will always stand tall in popular music culture. No matter the family backgrounds, politics, in fighting and ego trips. The spirit, feeling and excitement they gave us from 1976 to 1984 justify their legend. The feelings they evoke will last forever. They will always carry the banner high as the only band that mattered and truly...The Last Gang In Town !
vicious-gimmick

vicious-gimmick

September 11, 2016
The Clash were bandwagon Jumpers - Strummer was a hippy and far to old to be a punk by at least 8 years - He saw the Sex Pistols and caught the punk rock bus to success - That is jumping on the bandwagon big style.
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 5, 2011
"The only band that matters"...they weren't wrong, come the late 1970s revolution rock had truly hit us in the form of the Clash. With their left -wing lyrics, funky basslines and general performance presence, the clash were nothing short of a phenomena. Not afraid to experiment, the clash flirted with rock, metal, punk, funk, dub, indie and even reggae, you certainly couldnt call their sound pigeon - holed!!
When they first toured the USA many thought they were trying to be like the Rolling Stones with their dont give a f**k attitude and general swagger, all this changed when Strummer slung his guitar into a brand new speaker on set, swore to the media and shouted his anti- establishment lyrics on stage..."you build, you buy, you die thats the motto of America". Looking back this was something of a daring thing to do, but illustrated just how ahead of their time the Clash and indeed Strummer were.
There are so many great clash albums and tracks to mention id be here all night, opinions are split as to the which album had the biggest impact, I personally think london calling was a big rock defining album as that fast rock sound had not been heard since bands like the Who. On the other hand, Sandinista was a band defining album as it showed the many faces to the Clash's style, and showed they could experiment with even the most unusual sounds.
Like most bands the Clash werent short of controversy and in fighting, firstly Strummers anti - capitalist, anti - bourgeois lyrics became a rallying cry for the left wing. Also, the departure of Topper Headon for his over-use of heroin was a mistake, the drums beats on Combat Rock were originally designed by him but played by someone else!! Secondly, by his own omission, the sacking of Mick Jones was fatal on the band success, as he had a huge impact on the band not only with lyrics & vocals but guitar riffs.
No Cd collection, no band hall of fame is complete without a bit of The Clash, R.I.P. Joe Strummer you were a legend.
Vinnie

Vinnie

January 11, 2003
From Punk to Funk, Dub to Disco surely one of the greatest bands of all time - R.I.P. Joe Strummer

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