Clash Bio - Biography

Name Clash
Naionality French
Date of Birth 8 February 1984
Place of Birth France
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The Clash were an English rock band, active from 1976 to 1986, and part of the original wave of UK punk rock in the late 1970s. Although a punk rock band, the band experimented with reggae, funk, New Wave, dub, and rockabilly in their music. The band were formed by Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, lead and backing vocals) and Paul Simonon (bass guitar, backing vocals). After a revolving drumming position, including Terry Chimes (AKA 'Tory Crimes') whom featured on the first album entitled 'The Clash' despite the fact that by this point of time he had already been fired from the band. They were joined in 1977 by Topper Headon (drums, percussion). Until the untimely departure of Headon in 1982 and Jones in 1983 due to internal friction, this is the lineup from the band's peak, and was the lineup inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band disbanded in the early days of 1986, largely due to lack of creative control and the loss of Jones and Headon who were together half the skill of the band. The late Strummer has apologised for the firing of these two member and he admitted that it was a huge mistake to make, both creatively and progressively for the band.

The Clash were a major success in the UK from the release of their first album in 1977 named 'The Clash', and became popular in the U.S. in 1980. Their third album, the late 1979 release London Calling is an influential album in the history of rock music; it was released in the U.S. in January 1980, and a decade later Rolling Stone magazine declared it the best album of the 1980s.Rolling Stone also placed it at #8, The Clash at #77, and Sandinista! at #404 on their 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The Clash's attitude and style, as much as their music, influenced many other bands from the 1980s. Epic Records A&R director dubbed them "The Only Band That Matters.They are one of the most prominent and prolific punk rock bands and their influence is far reaching. In January 2003 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The band wanted to play at the event, but Joe Strummer's untimely death in December 2002, prevented this. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked The Clash#30 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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