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Clash, an English rock band, was formed in London, England in 1976. The group was signed under the CBS record label throughout their music career. Their music had distinct characteristics incorporating various elements of ska rap funk and reggae. The group consisted mainly of lead vocalist and guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and vocalist Mick Jones, Bass guitarist and vocalist Paul Sinonon and Nick Headon on drums and percussion. Other new members joined the group later on as some departed. The group attained great commercial success throughout their career though they only released six studio albums.
Their debut album ‘The Clash’ in 1977 gained them great success in the UK. This album was followed by ‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope in 1978. Clash’s third album ‘London Calling’ was their most successful album and was declared the best album of the 80s by Rolling Stone Magazine. The album also brought them huge commercial success in the United States. The album has gone on to receive great accolades in many popular lists severally ranking the highest among other punk albums.
The group was finally disbanded in 1986 after Jones and Headon departed from the group. New members had joined the group and it continued for a while but there still was some internal friction between the members of the group and this eventually lead to its disbandment. In 2003, Terry Chimes (original drummer) and the band were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2003 the album ‘London Calling’ was ranked 8th on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest albums of All Time. This has been the highest entry ever achieved by a rock band. Rolling Stone also ranked the group as no. 28 on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Clash’s music has influenced many new artists from different generations. The group’s last album was ‘Cut the Crap’ released in 1985.