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The Clash performing in Oslo in 1980. Left to right: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon.

The 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, ska, dub, funk, rap, dance, 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, backing vocals, occasional lead 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. Critically acclaimed, it was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine.

The Clash's politicized 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 30 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Bill Price is a producer and engineer famed for his work with The Clash, The Sex Pistols and Guns N' Roses..

He has remained out of the public eye but has contributed to documentaries about The Clash such as Westway To The World. Bill Price started his engineering career in the mid-60's when he was an engineer at Decca Studios in West Hampstead (NW London), recording artists such as Tom Jones.

One of the final recordings he engineered at Decca before departing to Wessex Studios in November 1969 was the multi million selling "Reflections of My Life" by The Marmalade.

He was the chief engineer/manager at Wessex Studios, the London studio where The Clash and The Sex Pistols recorded a large volume of their work.

More recently he has worked again with Mick Jones in his band Carbon/Silicon.

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Cut the Crap is the sixth and final album by the Britlish punk rock band The Clash, released on 4 November 1985 by Epic Records.

Following the ejection of founding member Mick Jones from the group, The Clash hired guitarists Nick Sheppard and Vince White to replace him. The album has been disowned by purists of Clash history, including the original band; it was not mentioned in the Clash documentary Westway to the World.

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Credit: Piotr Czerniawski
Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer, producer, and broadcaster (4 June 2006)

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Did you know...

  • ... that the song "Keys to Your Heart" was written by Joe Strummer inspired by Slits' drummer Palmolive who was his girlfriend at the time? The group liked the song, and picked it as their first single.
  • ... that London Calling's final track, "Train in Vain", was originally not included in the track list printed on the album's back cover, because it was initially going to be given away for free through a promotion with NME, but when the deal fell through it was added to the album at the last minute?


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The Clash performing in Oslo in 1980. Left to right: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon.
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