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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 This One's for Joe Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Rock Against Racism: RAR’s Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1986 Pogo à Go Go! Various Artists 1
1989 Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1991 Now! That’s What I Call Music 19 (UK) Various Artists 3 3
1991 Larry's Party Rock 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Line Various Artists 2
1991 Commercial Breaks Various Artists 1
1991 Hit News 91, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Internationale Hits 91 Various Artists 1
1991 La Fabuleuse Histoire du Rock Various Artists 1
1991 Larry Präsentiert: Sommer Smash Hits '91 Various Artists 1
1991 New Wave Club Class-X, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Pop Classics: The Long Versions 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Radio City Hits Various Artists 1
1991 Rock & Pop Diamonds 1979 Various Artists 1
1991 The Greatest Hits 1 — 1991 — 2 Various Artists 1
1991 The Levi's 501 Hits Various Artists 1
1991 The Original: Songs From Levi's Commercials Various Artists 1
1991 Top of Pop and Rock Various Artists 1
1992 Rock & Wave, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1992 All-Time Great Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Decade Parade II Various Artists 1
1992 Le disque du routard Various Artists 1
1992 New Wave Club Class-X, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Line 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Line 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock the First, Volume Four Various Artists 1
1992 Todo Techno Various Artists 1
1993 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1991 (10th Anniversary) Various Artists 1
1993 Decadance, Volume 2: Don't Dictate Various Artists 1
1993 Donna's Dansfolie 79-80-81 Various Artists 3
1993 Going Underground Various Artists 1
1993 Lipstick Traces Various Artists 1
1993 Originals Various Artists 1
1993 Rhythym Come Forward, Volume III Various Artists 1
1993 Rock Line Various Artists 1
1993 Rock Line 5 Various Artists 1
1993 The Best of Punk Rock, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1993 The Rolling Stone Collection: 1977–1982 Various Artists 1
1993 The Vorspiel Collection 1 Various Artists 1
1993 Young at Heart Various Artists 2
1994 Levi's Music Various Artists 1
1994 70's Best Of: De Woodstock au Walkman Various Artists 1
1994 Best of Levi's Hits Various Artists 1
1994 Culture Dance, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1994 Hits Collection Various Artists 1
1994 London on the Line Various Artists 1
1994 Once in a Lifetime, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Punk & Wave Various Artists 1

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