Formed in 1976, in London, The Clash were the "Thinking man's" punk group. They were comprised of Joe Strummer (Vocalist & Rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (Bassist),Paul Simonon (Guitar), Topper Hendon (Drums). Their debut album "The Clash" was released in 1977 - A sublime collection of tunes that defined the soundscape of what punk rock was about.
The third album "London Calling" showcased what the Clash were all about, a mix-mash of musical styles from "Jimmy Jazz" to "Revolution Rock" a hard reggae track. The Album was declared the best LP of the decade by the "Rolling Stone" magazine. That album earned them a US tour. Where they were exposed to the new phenomonon of "Rap" which was incorporated into their tribute track "The Magnificent seven".
Topper Hendon left the group in 1982, friction caused Mick Jones to leave the following year. The band finally split up in 1986. Talk of a reunion was abound but Joe Strummer's death from a heart attack in 2003 put paid to that.