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A Record Exec Explains Why the Clash’s First Album Took Two Years to Be Released in the U.S.

A recently unearthed letter provides insight into the age-old dilemma of art vs. commerce.

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33 Years Ago: The Clash Come to a Crossroads With ‘Combat Rock’

The Clash’s fifth album, Combat Rock, came at a crossroads for the band in 1982.

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35 Years Ago: The Clash Take a Stand and Make Their Masterpiece

Even the Clash were tired of their reputation as a punk band by 1979.

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The Clash vs. Cheap Trick – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

Cheap Trick takes on the Clash in the latest round of UCR Hall of Fame voting.

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Former Clash Drummer Topper Headon Makes Peace with His Troubled Past

The drummer describes his downward spiral into heroin addiction and eventual recovery.

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Top 10 Clash Songs

These aren’t the only songs that matter for “the only band that matters,” but the Top 10 Clash Songs are a decent place to start. It’s not easy representing every facet of this British band, which began as a punk outfit then – at lightning speed – began to take on reggae, ska, rockabilly, power pop, R&B, dance music and even hip-hop. The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long and the

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Adrian Boot

The Clash, ‘Sound System’ – Album Review

The Clash's official studio output makes up more than half of the 12-disc box set 'Sound System,' which could be the most definitive document on the legendary punk band. Their five great albums are here; 'Cut the Crap,' the 1985 LP they made without guitarist Mick Jones, is not. You really don't need anything else.

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30 Years Ago: The Clash Fire Mick Jones

In 1983, “the only band that matters” was poised to become the biggest band in the world. Over the course of a few years, the Clash had gone from punk upstarts to a passionately eclectic band capable of rocking stadiums.

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Win a Copy of the Clash’s ‘Sound System’ Box Set

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On Sept. 10, Sony Legacy will release 'Sound System,' a 12-disc retrospective of the Clash. Ultimate Classic Rock is teaming up with Legacy and our sister sites Diffuser and Loudwire to give you the chance to win a copy of the set.

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The Clash, Train in Vain’ – Best Hidden Tracks

It would be just like the Clash to intentionally hide what just might be their most poppy and infectious track ever from public view, but that's not why 'Train in Vain' wasn't originally mentioned on the tracklisting for their 1979 masterpiece 'London Calling.'

Instead, the song was simply hastily written and recor

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