The Clash

Formed 1976. Disbanded 1986.

70s-80s British punk rock band

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The Clash chat with Jools

Mick Jones & Paul Simonon of The Clash discuss the music that influenced them growing up.

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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, brought 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Sandinista!

    Sandinista! 2009

    Reviewed by John Doran
    A triple album of two halves, embracing reggae and disco at its best.
  2. Review of Live at Shea Stadium

    Live at Shea Stadium 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Tight, taut and terrific fun.
  3. Review of London Calling - 25th Anniversary Edition

    London Calling - 25th Anniversary Edition 2004

    Reviewed by Mark Sutherland
    ... surely the quintessential rock album...
  4. Review of The Clash

    The Clash 1977

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    Probably as close as you’ll get to hearing the band live today.