A little while ago I was watching the Audio Ammunition Documentary on The Clash that was put on by Google Play. I sat there reminiscing about all my favorite Clash songs and I loved listening to stories about the band in the studio, how they were inspired to start making music and how they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and ranked number 28 on Rolling Stone’s list of their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time in 2004.
The English punk rock band formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, dub, funk, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer, who passed away December 22, 2002 (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky “Topper” Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones’ departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.
U2‘s The Edge has compared the Clash’s inspirational effect to that of the Ramones—both gave young rock musicians at large the “sense that the door of possibility had swung open.” He wrote, “The Clash, more than any other group, kick-started a thousand garage bands across Ireland and the UK… [S]eeing them perform was a life-changing experience.” Bono has described the Clash as “the greatest rock band. They wrote the rule book for U2.” Due to their range of sounds in their music they have inspired so many bands, such as Bad Brains, Massive Attack, 311, Sublime, No Doubt, LCD Soundsystem‘s “punk-funk,” The Wallflowers, The Hives, The Vines, The White Stripes, The Strokes, Babyshambles, The Futureheads, The Charlatans and Arctic Monkeys , just to name a small few. The Clash influenced the beginnings of the garage rock revival and continue to inspire so many musicians all over the world.
London Calling by The Clash