The Clashwas an English punk rock band which performed between 1976 and 1986. They were a part of the New Wave of U. K. Punk rock in the late 1970's. The band also experimented with reggae, funk, dub, and rockabilly in their music style. The band was a major success in the U. K. And they released their first album in 1977. They became popular in the United States in 1980 and their third album was released in the United States in early 1980. The album was called, London Calling. Ten years later the Rolling Stones Magazine claimed it to be the best album of the 1980's. The magazine also put the album as number 8 on their 2003 list of the top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The original members of the of the band were Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Keith Levene, and Terry Chimes. They were formed in Ladbroke Grove, West London in 1976 during the beginning of British punk music. Keith Levene was just a friend of Mick Jones and played the guitar and songwriter for Clash but he never recorded with the band. It was reported that Levene was kicked out of the group because he never showed up for practice jams.
The Clash had their first gig in 1976 when they supported the Sex Pistols. The group was told that they didnít have to be good, they just had to get out there and perform. So they did. Later that year they signed on with CBS Records. In September, Levene left and on September 21, 1976, the band performed at the 100 Club Punk Festival. Other bands who also performed at the festival were the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie, and the Banshees, and Subway Sect. Terry Chimes left the group in November but soon came back into the group to release their first debut album, The Clash, and their first single, White Riot, in 1977. The album received considerable success in the U. K.. The U. S. Released a modified version of their first album after the original in the U. K. Had become the best selling import album of all time in the United States.
After the first album was released, Chimes left the group because of differences with the other members. He later joined the punk band called Hanoi Rocks. After their next album, Combat Rock, was released, the group began to fade. Topper Headon was asked to leave due to his heroin addiction. His problem was affecting his health and his performing. Terry Chimes was brought back to replace him. Jones and Strummer began to feud, and the group did not get along well. Strummer disappeared and their Combat Rock Tour was cancelled.
The group released a total of 6 albums, 3 movies, and 10 bibliographies about members and the band.
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