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British Punk band circa 1976-1985; original members consisted of Joe Strummer (vcls/gtr), Mick Jones (vcls/gtr), Paul Simonon (bass/vcls) and Terry Chimes (drums).
Hailed as "The Only Group That Matters", The Clash not only stayed loyal to their punk roots, but were able to branch off with forms of ska, dub, jazz, soul, funk and even rap.
A band whose lyrical mill dug deep into social taboos as well as mainstream culture, famous for their politically angst driven lyrics, and for caring so much about their fans, that they relased double or triple albums under the same price as for a single album (thus having their OWN money deducted by record label)...
ONE OF THE GREATEST BANDS TO EVER WALK THE PLANET EARTH. PERIOD.
rip john graham mellor
Record sales and chart positions will never communicate with the true importance of the clash.
by jules May 02, 2004
 
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The greatest band ever. Originally consisted of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Terry Chimes, and (not known to most) Keith Lavene on 3rd guitar. Keith was kicked out after a couple of shows due to his drug addiction. The song "Deny" is about him. He later teamed up with Johnny Rotten (of Sex Pistols fame) to start Public Image Ltd. After a few gigs and the release of their first album, Terry quit the band because he felt like an outsider. Rob Harper played drums on the Anarchy in the UK tour. Nick Headon became their drummer just before they recorded Give 'Em Enough Rope. Fast forward to the time after Combat Rock. Mick was kicked out because of creative differences and the re-welcoming of Bernie, their old manager. At this point, they were divided into 2 factions: Mick and Nick, and Joe and Paul. Nick quit because they kicked out Mick. Paul and Joe went through a few rehearsals before deciding on Vince White on guitar, Pete Howard on drums, and Nick Sheppard on guitar. Joe decided to only sing but said he felt empty being on stage without a guitar so he started playing again and they were like the original Clash again with 3 guitarists. They released Cut the Crap, a last attempt at reinventing themselves and decided to call it quites. Paul formed Havanah 3am. Joe went on to do a solo career then formed the Mescaleros. After Mick left the Clash, he formed Big Audio Dynamite. No one knows what happened to Nick after he left the Clash.
The Clash are a huge influential punk band.
by Jimmy Jazz May 31, 2004
 
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One day, in the late-mid 70s, God decided that he had given the 20th century enough shit with 2 world wars and so he made it up by inventing Punk rock. Sadly, one of the first, and most famous bands (The Sex Pistols), were acting like complete dicks (who happend to amke brilliant yet simple music). God decided to take things into his own hands and created The Clash. This band were the greatest band of the time and are most probably the greatest band ever. The trancended the punk lebel and fused their music with jazz, dub,rap and regae, but never failed to make their music brilliant.

If The Clash weren't gods themselves, they were certainly blessed by the Almighty One.

Singer Joe Strummer died just before Christmas 2002. His final album was almost complete, it was released the next year and is absoultely brilliant. It is called Streetcore and is on hellcat records.
Every song they ever did.
by Clavus Torquis March 21, 2004
 
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"...the only band that matters..."
The clash was one of UK's finest punk bands of the 70s. They are the only band that went from punk to rock (and had styles inbetween with ska, reggae, hip hop, and jazz) without anyone calling them fuckin sellouts.
RIP J.S.
by scott April 15, 2004
 
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A first-rate punk band who are the epitome of what British music really is.
Avril Lavigne is not punk. Good Charlotte is not punk. Blink 182 is not punk. Most people these days have no idea what real punk is.If you want you to know what real punk and what real good music is, tune in to The Clash.
'London Calling, 'White Riot', 'Rock the Casbah'- just a few of the brilliant tracks by The Clash. Stop listening to all these new horrid superficial pieces-of-shit bands and listen to music for a change.
by BadLieutenant August 12, 2004
 
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Anything that says get up and take a stand is THE CLASH. NOt bullshit about how your Girlfriend hates you.
The Clash ARE Punk: NOT Good Charlotte, NOT Blink 182, NOT Sum41, NOT Simple plan.. This is POP
by chinky chinky wing wang September 05, 2005
 
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one of the greatest punk or any bands of all time. they revolutionized the flagging music of the 70's by turning two nations into punks and saving music from certain doom. london calling is the greatest album ever. rip joe strummer.
the clash rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by doby dan January 02, 2006
 
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An amazing punk band that was popular in the 70's and 80's. They completely revolutionized punk music as we know it today.

A step up from Green Day, who is a step up from Blink 182, who is a step up from Good Charlotte.
Have you heard Police and Thieves by The Clash? It's a great song.
by korex December 29, 2003