Tag: Rock the Casbah

Artist Countdown: The Clash Top 20 Hits 8pm ET

clash-colourThe Clash were 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, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (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’s departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, brought them popularity in the United States when it came out there the following month. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1982 they reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock, which spawned the US top 10 hit “Rock the Casbah“, helping the album to achieve a 2x Platinum certification there. Their final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985.

The Clash’s politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular. They became widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters“, originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group’s record label, CBS. In January 2003, the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Rock the Casbah
2 Should I Stay or Should I Go
3 This Is Radio Clash
4 London Calling
5 This Is England
6 Train in Vain
7 Bankrobber
8 I Fought the Law
9 The Magnificent Seven
10 The Call Up
11 English Civil War
12 Hitsville U.K.
13 Tommy Gun
14 Complete Control
15 (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
16 Clash City Rockers
17 White Riot
18 Know Your Rights
19 Groovy Times
20 Remote Control