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Joe Strummer “I called myself Joe Strummer because I can only play all six strings at once or none at all.”

In 1976 the summer was hot and long; a drag of the hippies’ joint still layered the sky; Abba played on the radio; disco was wild in New York City, and the tunes of progressive rock made the days unbearable. However, in the dark dungeons of London, a new sound developed, in small clubs and pubs a band started playing raging uncontrolled music slashing on the strings careless, with the feedback of a speaker far too loud for human ears. The Sex Pistols, a band born in the back room of a clothing store in the Kings Road played there the really first concert in Manchester organized by the Buzzcocks a Tuesday night 4 June 1976. Punk was born of the journalist desperately looking for something new as the small venue that night hosted probably more journalist than people out on the club.

Mick Jones “I decided that I’d go to art school in order to meet other musicians and get a grant, so I could buy some equipment.

In a small pub in Sheffield, one month later The Clash made their first live acts as the support act for The Sex Pistols. The Clash massive than punk, more fashionable than the Sex Pistols, and took the best of punk; juxtapose of reggae, working-class protest songs and Spanish guitars. Bands as U2 would never have happened if it wasn’t for The Clash, their style changed the attitude of rock and roll, once cool act high on cocaine drive the Rolls Royce into a swimming pool became utterly childish. The world changed the night forever as Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Precision bass against the stage at The Palladium in New York City on 21 September 1979 during the Clash Take the Fifth US tour; their musical style, featuring elements of funk, soul, jazz ska, pop, soul, jazz, rockabilly, and reggae with lyrics that brilliantly described the life of streets and fear of a young lost generation.

Paul Simonon “I wanted to be Pete Townshend, the bloke that throws his arms around and jumps up and down.

In 1976, Paul entered the stage in his self-customized Jackson Pollock shirt with a patch showing The Gladiators a reggae band. His bass painted with the word “positive,” from that point fashion did not happen in Paris, by designers or any other fashion store; style created when the Clash entered the stage, were The Sex Pistols shocked their audience with filthy tees and swastikas, the Clash stencil art shirts and their painted 1977 shirts told the world a new, smarter and street fresh style of rock’n roll.

Bernie Rhodes

Bernie Rhodes should become a vital style factor for The Clash as he used to watch them rehearse and say this is good; this is bad. Rhodes was very creative; his input was everything; he knew the trends, read all the right books and got the intellectual feel that made the Clash sound visible through their fashions, stencil art words and numbers, Pollock and the “Situationist.” The Clash made all their unified looks with their own stuff. Bernie brought in this girl Alex Michon, who got the Clash drawings of what they wanted and sewn them up. She made a Union Jack jacket were the flag was cut up and rearranged; Joe Strummer’s hand-stencil art “1977” shirt became one of their trademarks.

Big in America

The Clash is one of few British bands that became big in America, when they landed in New York, the Clash were on TV and radio in the city almost always; they played 15 shows in a row at the Bonds and, when the tickets for the show were announced, queues formed the day before they went on sale and fans slept in the streets.

Topper Headon “drumming became my first addiction. I’d play for eight hours a day.

The Clash was formed in 1976 as a part of the original British punk scene; the critical members of the band were Joe Strummer, Mick Jones Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon. The group got its name after being called the Psychotic Negatives, afterwards, we were the Weak Heart Drops, after a lyric in a Big Youth record, then Paul thought of the name The Clash.

 They released six albums of which London Calling (1979) was a double album, and Sandinista (1980) was a triple record. The album London Calling released December 1979 became the most essential records and is the real manifest of punk, a feast of reggae, Ska music, soul, jazz and rockabilly sound. Ranked at number eight on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003 and sold over five million copies worldwide.

  • The Clash Studio albums
    • The Clash (1977)
    • Give ‘Em Enough Rope (1978)
    • London Calling (1979)
    • Sandinista! (1980)
    • Combat Rock (1982)
    • Cut the Crap (1985)

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