The Clash

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The Clash
The Clash playing a concert in Norway.
The Clash playing a concert in Norway.
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresPunk rock
Years active1976 – 1986
Past member(s)Mick Jones
Paul Simonon
Keith Levene
Terry Chimes
Joe Strummer
Nicky "Topper" Headon
Rob Harper
Pete Howard
Nick Sheppard
Vince White

The Clash were an English punk band. The band was formed in London in 1976. Their lead singer was Joe Strummer (1952-2002). The group was one of the most popular punk bands in England in the mid-1970s.

Music style[change | change source]

Although The Clash are known as an early punk rock band, they were willing to experiment with different styles, which they added to their music. Some of these styles were ska, reggae, and funk. Lyrics in their songs often dealt with political issues or stories in the news.

Awards[change | change source]

In 2003, the band entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[1] In 2004, Rolling Stone made a list of the Top 500 Rock Songs of All Time, and London Calling, a song by The Clash, was listed as song No. 15 on the list.[2] No song by a punk rock band was higher on the list.

Members[change | change source]

Discography[change | change source]

  1. The Clash - (8 April 1977) #12 UK, #126 U.S.[1] [2]
  2. Give 'Em Enough Rope - (10 November 1978) #2 UK, #128 U.S.
  3. London Calling (2LP) - (14 December 1979) #9 UK, #27 U.S.
  4. Sandinista! (3LP) - (12 December 1980) #19 UK, #24 U.S.
  5. Combat Rock - (14 May 1982) #2 UK, #7 U.S.
  6. Cut The Crap - (4 November 1985)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Inductee Explorer". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  2. "Cover story – Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone.