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.
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.
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.
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
Joe Strummer was one-man testimony to the power rock and roll has to actually change the world. Having passed in Dec. 2002, he was known best as the frontman, co-founder, singer and rhythm guitarist of the English rock band the Clash.
Few bands in rock history flamed out at their commercial peak as sadly as the Clash. A new documentary tells the story of the legendary English punk group, who called it quits in 1986, three years after founding guitarist Mick Jones was fired.
The Clash eventually were commercially successful, critically acclaimed and the so-called "Only Band That Matters," but former singer-guitarist Mick Jones says it was the fact that they started from such humble beginnings that gave their hard-earned success more meaning than it was meant to have.
The Clash's Joe Strummer would no doubt get a chuckle out of one of his band's biggest hits, 'London Calling,' being used to promote next summer's Olympic Games in London. The title track from the British punk-rock band's third album is appearing on television commercials promoting the multi-week, international event.
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