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The Clash



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Hometown: London (UK)

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The Clash was one of the most successful British punk rock groups that existed from 1976 to 1986. They incorporated punk, reggae, rockabilly, and eventually many other music styles into their repertoire, and displayed a political and lyrical sophistication that distinguished them from most of their colleagues in the punk genre. They were also legendary for uncommonly intense stage performances.

From their earliest days as a band, The Clash stood apart from their peers with their musicianship, as well as their lyrics; the passionate, righteous political idealism in the lyrics by frontmen Joe Strummer and Mick Jones was a definite contrast to the nihilism of the Sex Pistols and the simplicity of The Ramones.

The Clash has influenced pop punk, alternative rock and Britpop bands, through both their musical style and their lyrical content. Their incorporation of many musical styles has also led them to influence reggae, ska, hip hop and electronic artists.

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Reviews

The Clash London Calling (2012 Mix) [7-inch]

The Clash

London Calling (2012 Mix) [7-inch] (2012)

Sony

The Clash Live at Shea Stadium

The Clash

Live at Shea Stadium (2008)

Epic

The Clash Essential Clash DVD

The Clash

Essential Clash DVD (2003)

Epic

The Clash Clash on Broadway

The Clash

Clash on Broadway (2000)

Sony

The Clash From Here to Eternity: Live

The Clash

From Here to Eternity: Live (1999)

Columbia

The Clash Super Black Market Clash

The Clash

Super Black Market Clash (1993)

Epic

The Clash The Singles

The Clash

The Singles (1991)

Epic

The Clash Cut the Crap

The Clash

Cut the Crap (1985)

Epic / Legacy

The Clash Combat Rock

The Clash

Combat Rock (1982)

Epic

The Clash Sandinista

The Clash

Sandinista (1980)

CBS/Epic

The Clash Sandinista!

The Clash

Sandinista! (1980)

Epic

The Clash London Calling

The Clash

London Calling (1979)

Epic

The Clash Give 'Em Enough Rope

The Clash

Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978)

Epic

The Clash The Clash

The Clash

The Clash (1977)

Epic

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Interviews

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Keith Levene (P.I.L., The Clash)

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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