The Clash

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 Discography

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The Clash The Clash (Album, Single) CBS, CBS Canada 1977 Sell This Version
The Clash Give 'Em Enough Rope (Album) CBS, CBS Japan 1978 Sell This Version
The Clash London Calling (Album, EP) CBS, CBS Canada 1979 Sell This Version
The Clash Sandinista! (Album) CBS New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
CDN 34 The Clash Sandinista Sampler(LP, Promo, Smplr) CBS Records Canada CDN 34 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
AS 913 The Clash Sandinista Now!(LP, Promo, Smplr) Epic AS 913 US 1980 Sell This Version
AS 952 The Clash If Music Could Talk (Interchords)(LP, Promo) Epic AS 952 US 1981 Sell This Version
The Clash Combat Rock (Album) CBS Canada 1982 Sell This Version
The Clash Cut The Crap (Album) CBS Canada 1985 Sell This Version
ESK 4274 The Clash Clash On Broadway: The Trailer(CD, Promo, Smplr) Epic, Legacy ESK 4274 US 1991 Sell This Version
ESK 4337 The Clash Clash On Broadway: The Interviews(CD, Promo) Epic, Legacy ESK 4337 US 1992 Sell This Version
The Clash From Here To Eternity - Live (Album, Comp) Columbia UK 1999 Sell This Version
none The Clash The Vanilla Tapes(CDr, Promo) Columbia none UK & Ireland 2004 Sell This Version
The Clash Live At Shea Stadium (Album) Epic Europe 2008 Sell This Version
CBS S 66363 The Clash Sandinista!(LP, Smplr, W/Lbl) CBS CBS S 66363 Unknown Sell This Version
Series #23 Show #12 Jim Ladd Hosts The Clash Jim Ladd Hosts The Clash - Jim Ladd Hosts The Clash(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #23 Show #12 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CL 1 The Clash Capital Radio E.P.(7", EP, Promo) CBS CL 1 UK 1977 Sell This Version
The Clash Complete Control (Single) CBS, CBS UK 1977 Sell This Version
The Clash White Riot (Single) CBS, CBS UK 1977 Sell This Version
The Clash Remote Control (Single) CBS UK 1977 Sell This Version
The Clash Tommy Gun (Single) CBS, CBS UK 1978 Sell This Version
The Clash Clash City Rockers (Single) CBS, CBS UK 1978 Sell This Version
The Clash (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (Single) CBS UK 1978 Sell This Version
The Clash Train In Vain (Stand By Me) (Single) Epic US 1979 Sell This Version
The Clash English Civil War (Johnny Comes Marching Home) (Single) CBS, CBS Germany 1979 Sell This Version

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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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