Musical Monday: The Clash

I’m still exploring tracks by artists I’ve seen live at least twice, if not more times.

The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 who were critical to 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.

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 and Jones the following year due to internal friction. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash achieved critical and commercial success in the UK with the release of their self-titled debut album, The Clash (1977) which continued with 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 US. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine.

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 double Platinum certification. A final album, Cut the Crap, was released  just weeks before the band broke up.

In January 2003, shortly after the death of Joe Strummer, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 


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