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

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The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 who were key players in the original wave of British punk rock. Billed as "The Only Band That Matters", they also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that emerged in the wake of punk and employed elements of a variety of genres including reggae, dub, funk, ska, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and vocalist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Nicky "Topper" Headon.

Headon left the group in 1982 due to internal friction surrounding his increasing heroin addiction. Further internal friction led to Jones' departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986. The Clash achieved critical and commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their self-titled debut album, The Clash (1977) and their second album, Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978). Their experimental third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, earned them popularity in the United States when it was released there the following month. A decade later, Rolling Stone named it the best album of the 1980s. Following continued musical experimentation on their fourth album, Sandinista! (1980), the band reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock (1982), which spawned the US top 10 hit "Rock the Casbah", helping the album to achieve a 2× Platinum certification there. A final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985 with a new lineup, and a few weeks later, the band broke up.

In January 2003, shortly after the death of Joe Strummer, 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 its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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1977The ClashThe Clash4.1525
1978Give ’Em Enough RopeThe Clash3.519
1979London CallingThe Clash4.240
1980Sandinista!The Clash3.316
1982Combat RockThe Clash4.122
1985Cut the CrapThe Clash310

Album + Compilation

1980Black Market ClashThe Clash44
1988The Story of The Clash, Volume 1The Clash48
1989Crucial Music: The Clash CollectionThe Clash2
19901977 RevisitedThe Clash2
1991Clash on BroadwayThe Clash3.355
1991Il grande rock: The ClashThe Clash1
1991The SinglesThe Clash311
1991The CollectionThe Clash1
1993Super Black Market ClashThe Clash34
2003The Essential ClashThe Clash3.259
2004The Collection (3-CD long box set)The Clash1
2006The SinglesThe Clash5
2007The Singles (single disc compilation)The Clash45
2007The Clash / Give ’Em Enough RopeThe Clash1
2007London Calling / Combat RockThe Clash2
2013Hits BackThe Clash4
20135 Studio Album CD SetThe Clash1
2013Sound SystemThe Clash4
2022Combat Rock + The People’s HallThe Clash2

Album + Live

1999From Here to Eternity: LiveThe Clash3.56
2008Live at Shea StadiumThe Clash5
2008Revolution RockThe Clash1
2020Live in New JerseyThe Clash1
2020Charlie Don’t SurfThe Clash1
2020Clash City RockersThe Clash1
2020New York 1979, Part 2The Clash1
2020New Jersey 1980, Part 2The Clash1
2020New Jersey 1980, Part 1The Clash1
2020San Bernardino 1983, Part 2The Clash1
2020San Bernardino 1983, Part 1The Clash1
2020Live at the NY Palladium ’79, Part 2The Clash1
2020Live on Radio California ’83, Part 2The Clash1
2020Live on Radio California ’83, Part 1The Clash1
2020Live at the NY Palladium ’79, Part 1The Clash1
2020Live in New York ’79The Clash1
2020Live in Tokyo ’82The Clash1
2020Jimmy Jazz – Part TwoThe Clash1
2020Jimmy Jazz – Part OneThe Clash1
2020Radio ClashThe Clash1
2020Stay Free – Part TwoThe Clash1
2020ClampdownThe Clash1
2020The New Jersey SessionsThe Clash1
2020Live in San BernardinoThe Clash1


1977White RiotThe Clash41
1977Remote ControlThe Clash42
1977Complete ControlThe Clash41
1978Clash City RockersThe Clash41
1978(White Man) In Hammersmith PalaisThe Clash54
1978Tommy GunThe Clash41
1979English Civil WarThe Clash41
1979London CallingThe Clash57
1980BankrobberThe Clash41
1980The Call UpThe Clash33
1980ClampdownThe Clash1
1980Hitsville U.K.The Clash32
1980Police on My BackThe Clash1
1980Train in Vain / BankrobberThe Clash51
1981The Magnificent SevenThe Clash32
1981This Is Radio ClashThe Clash43
1982Know Your RightsThe Clash41
1982Rock the CasbahThe Clash48
1982Straight to Hell / Should I Stay or Should I Go?The Clash2
1982Should I Stay or Should I Go?The Clash42
1983House of the Ju‐Ju QueenJanie Jones & The Lash1
1985This Is EnglandThe Clash41
1985Are You Red..yThe Clash1
1988I Fought the LawThe Clash51
1990Return to BrixtonThe Clash2
1991Should I Stay or Should I Go? / RushThe Clash5
1991London Calling / Brand New CadillacThe Clash1
1991Train in VainThe Clash2
2022Rock the CasbahThe Clash & Ranking Roger1

Single + Live

2014Live at Shea StadiumThe Clash1

Single + Remix

2002Mustapha DanceThe Clash1


1979The Cost of Living E.P.The Clash12

EP + Compilation

1986The 12" TapeThe Clash3
1989Solid GoldThe Clash1


1998Sonic Book #15: The Clash Story + Early DemoThe Clash2

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