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THE CLASH

LONDON CALLING

The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976. They were a key player in the original wave of British punk rock music. The band iconic album 'London Calling' was released on December of 1979. They have also contributed to the post-punk new wave movements that emerged and employed a variety of genres including reggae, dub, funk, ska, and rockabilly. The Clash consider of lead vocalist and guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and lead vocalist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Nicky "Topper" Headon.

The band was created iconic songs like 'Rock the Casbah', 'Clampdown', 'Straights to Hell', and 'Train in Vain'.  But it was 'London Calling' that at Mick's encouragement, Strummer returned once again to the lyrics and wrote an apocalyptic tale about the Thames flooding and ruining the city. It was a reflection of the band at the time. They'd recently fired manager Bernie Rhodes and were struggling to find their footing. Without realizing it, the song opened the door to the greatest period of their career.

 

Released December 14th, 1979

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