Icons of the 70s Part 4 - The Clash

The Clash, an English punk rock band, were formed in 1976 and consisted of members: Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals) Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion).
Their debut album 'The Clash' was released in 1977 leading them to fame and recognition in Britain, although it was their third album 'London Calling' (released in 1979) that shot the band to fame in the States, and was hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album of the 80's almost a decade after its release.
Being part of the original punk wave had many advantages for The Clash. They had musical experimentation and freedom that few bands before them had received, along with the rebellious attitude that was compulsory as a punk/rock band in the 1970's. Often they would be referred to as "The Only Band That Matters" this was an advertising technique led by CBS (their record label).
The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 2003.
The Clash's legacy on the music industry is hard to ignore. Their embrace of ska and reggae music helped set the scene for the Two Tone movement to emerge, off the back of punk's fallout. They have been described as giving off the "sense that the door of possibility had swung open". Like every other icon featured in the series, The Clash created a legacy for themselves, impacted the music industry and inspired generations. This is why they are on the list.
Are you a fan of The Clash? Do you consider them icons? What is your favourite of their albums/singles? Comment below.

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1 comment:

  1. Joe Strummer is definitely an Icon, and the band as a whole are legends. Watched the Punk Britannia series on BBC4 earlier this year and there was a lot of The Clash on it, was really interesting!