Quite simply, the Clash were among the most explosive and exciting bands in rock and roll history. They played a major role in creating and defining the punk movement. Their explosive, uptempo punk-rock manifestos were unleashed with pure adrenaline and total conviction. With the sudden death of Joe Strummer on December 22, , the story of the Clash finally came to an abrupt end.
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The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. They also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that emerged in the wake of punk and employed elements of a variety of genres including reggae , dub , funk , ska , and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer , lead guitarist and vocalist Mick Jones , bassist Paul Simonon , and drummer Nicky "Topper" Headon. Headon left the group in and internal friction led to Jones' departure the following year.
The Clash. Once I was driving through Ohio, on my way to Chicago. It was a beautiful June afternoon. The sun was shining and the window was rolled down, and although the stink of fertilizer was in the air, nothing could foul my mood. I had to get that car to the side of the road and leap out before that little bastard stung me on the balls. Which I somehow managed to do without rolling my beloved Beetle in a ditch. But never mind the bollocks, as they say…My passion for the Clash runs hot.