The Clash (70s-80s British punk rock band)

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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."

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 The Clash 3.85 14
1978 Give ’Em Enough Rope 3 10
1979 London Calling 4.25 24
1980 Sandinista! 2.85 8
1982 Combat Rock 3.85 8
1985 Cut the Crap 1.5 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Black Market Clash 4 3
1988 The Story of The Clash, Volume 1 4 4
1989 Crucial Music: The Clash Collection 2
1990 1977 Revisited 1
1991 Clash on Broadway 3.35 2
1991 Il grande Rock 1
1991 The Collection 1
1991 The Singles 3 5
1993 Super Black Market Clash 4
2003 The Essential Clash 3.25 6
2007 The Singles 3
2013 5 Studio Album CD Set 1
2013 Sound System 2
2013 Hits Back 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 From Here to Eternity: Live 3 5
2008 Live at Shea Stadium 3

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 White Riot 4 1
1977 Remote Control 4 2
1977 Complete Control 4 1
1978 Clash City Rockers 4 1
1978 (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais 5 4
1978 Tommy Gun 4 1
1979 English Civil War 4 1
1979 London Calling 5 7
1980 Bankrobber 4 1
1980 The Call Up 3 3
1980 Train in Vain / Bankrobber 5 1
1981 Hitsville U.K. 3 1
1981 The Magnificent Seven 3 1
1981 This Is Radio Clash 4 2
1982 Know Your Rights 4 1
1982 Rock the Casbah 4 8
1982 Should I Stay or Should I Go? 4 4
1985 This Is England 4 1
1988 I Fought the Law 5 1
1988 This Is Radio Clash / The Magnificent Dance 1
1990 Return to Brixton 2
1991 Should I Stay or Should I Go? / Rush 5
1991 Train in Vain 1
2006 The Singles 3

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 The Cost of Living E.P. 2

EP + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 The 12" Tape 3

Other

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Sonic Book #15: The Clash Story + Early Demo 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Maximum Clash (The Unauthorised Biography Of The Clash) 1

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