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Eclectic punk rock group formed in London in 1976. Inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 2003.

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The Clash's debut album!

  • Apr 30, 2009
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The Clash's debut album is a raw and fast.  CBS Records wanted their album to be quickly released so it could capitalize on the growing punk rock scene in England.    After briefly going with a three guitar sound, Keith Levene was sacked (due to drug issues) and having a revolving door on the drums all of these problems were solved when they headed into the studio to record.

Joe Strummer (vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Mick Jones (Lead guitar, vocals) Paul Simonon (bass) and Terry Chimes (drums) laid down the tracks to what would be a punk classic.  The UK version is a lot different than the album that was released in the US a few years later (a different mix, several songs were removed and a few were added).

The UK album's track listing
Remote Control
I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.
White Riot
Hate and War
What's My Name? (Strummer, Jones, Levine)
London's Burning
Career Opportunities
Protex Blues
Police and Thieves (Murray, Perry)
48 Hours

I really enjoy the first album.  If you want to hear the UK punk scene captured on vinyl, then go out and grab a copy of The Clash (UK Version). 

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April 30, 2009
I LOVE The Clash- nothing beats punk in the 70s to early 80s, it'll never go back. CBGB and Blondie, The Ramones, The Cramps, and The Smiths. LA with X, The Descendents (from my new hometown Hermosa!), The Go-Gos, Black Flag and The Minutemen....and way too many more to list them all!
April 30, 2009
I like the first album and Sandinista. I also like their last album Cut the Crap for some odd reason.
October 16, 2010
Yeah, most people didn't like "Cut the Crap" because it didn't sound like what they were expecting, but there are still some great tracks off that album that are unfairly overlooked.
April 30, 2009
dude, I love the Clash ... have you listened to their other albums as well? which do you consider their best work?
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review by . May 01, 2009
The Clash was a English punk band that was brought together by Bernie Rhodes.  His good friend Malcolm McLaren was bringing together the Sex Pistols so Bernie tried to one up him by forming apunk band as well.  The Clash's line-up originally was a five piece band with an occansional three guitar sound.  One of the guitar players and song writers Keith Levene was sacked to do drug use and overall malaise (according to Levene he grew tried of the band).  After a revolving door …
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The original line up was :
Joe Strummer (Vocals, Guitar)
Mick Jones (Guitar, Vocals)
Paul Simonon (Bass Guitar)
Keith Levene (Guitar)
Terry Chimes (Drums)

The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers. Where the Pistols were nihilistic, the Clash were fiery and idealistic, charged with righteousness and a leftist political ideology. From the outset, the band was more musically adventurous, expanding its hard rock & roll with reggae, dub, and rockabilly among other roots musics. Furthermore, they were blessed with two exceptional songwriters in Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, each with a distinctive voice and style. The Clash copped heavily from classic outlaw imagery, positioning themselves as rebels with a cause. As a result, they won a passionately devoted following on both sides of the Atlantic. While they became rock & roll heroes in the U.K., second only to the Jam in terms of popularity, it took the Clash several years to break into the American market, and when they finally did in 1982, they imploded several months later. Though the Clash never became the superstars they always threatened to become, they restored passion and protest to rock & roll. For a while, they really did seem like "the only band that mattered." 

For a band that constantly sang about revolution and the working class, the Clash had surprisingly traditional roots. Joe ...
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