The band we suggest for today is amongst my favorites in this sub-genre of rock music. Whilst I was younger the band’s name alone, could stand as an argument to other hotheads metal fans, about whether or not punk musicians’ could actually play their instruments. When referring to Joe’s band, these entire pointless debates always ended with a staggering silence. Whether we like it or not, today’s band (Ranking #28 @ MyTop100List) is as revered as Ramones in US and surely The Best Band coming out the punk explosion of 1977…
As the specialists mention (wiki) today’s band was «an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, dub, funk, ska and rockabilly. For most of their recording career the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), MickJones (lead guitar, lead vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones's departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.
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Critic Sean Egan summarised what made them exceptional by writing, "They were a group whose music was, and is, special to their audience because that music insisted on addressing the conditions of poverty, petty injustice, and mundane life experienced by the people who bought their records. Moreover, although their rebel stances were often no more than posturing, from the Clash's stubborn principles came a fundamental change in the perception of what is possible in the music industry, from subject matter to authenticity to quality control to price ceilings."»
Or if u prefer the short reference of a rateyourmusic.com x-user (ChangSauce): «Of all the original punk rock groups that grew out of the whole '77 explosion malarkey, The Clash is chiefly labeled by the mainstream music press as the smartest of the lot, pushing politics and eclecticism to the forefront of their music. Though their contemporaries would fade away just as quickly as they emerged, The Clash continued to harness the furious energy of the initial punk explosion, while simultaneously being able to grow and expand past the original three-chord setup. It's these traits which make them, perhaps, the most accessible punk group out there, and a great catalyst for a young man, like I myself once was, to discover and dive into deeper and more obscure music. Either that, or he could dye his hair yellow, gel it up in liberty spikes, and start listening to The Exploited.»
So ladies and gentlemen, can’t u hear London Calling (or Burning?) still…by
All 4 releases (1977-1982) plus…
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