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The Clash

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The Clash were an English rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk rock. Along with punk, they experimented with 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, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals) and Nicky Topper" Headon (drums, percussion).

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  • The rollicking ‘Bet You Never Thought’ could have fitted seamlessly onto The Clash’s London Calling; the title track is an exhilarating tangle of Buzzcocks guitar and air-punching PMA (‘Yesterday it rained so hard I thought the roof was gonna give / But now today’s so bright, just wanna let it all in’) while the soulful ‘Still Screaming’ matches shimmering minor key reggae with skronking jazz saxophone. Elsewhere, ‘I Look When You Walk’ has a sexy garage rock groove, and album-closer ‘Walking Song Dub’ mixes arty, experimental found-sound collages with booming dub basslines, cut-and-paste vocal loops and a whistled melody line. Within a scene hovering dangerously close to self-parody in the mid-eighties, This Side Up was a genuine revelation. In 1997 Dave Grohl nominated it as one of the most significant albums of his adolescence.

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  • This Is a Call

    2011
    Paul Brannigan

  • High Fidelity

    1995
    Nick Hornby

  • Walk Like a Man

    2011
    Robert J. Wiersema

  • Bowie

    2010
    Marc Spitz

  • Wilco

    2004
    Greg Kot

  • The Fortress of Solitude

    2003
    Jonathan Lethem

  • Seducing Mr. Darcy

    2008
    Gwyn Cready

  • The Boys from Santa Cruz

    2010
    Jonathan Nasaw

  • Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

    2003
    Chuck Klosterman

  • The Killing Song

    2011
    P. J. Parrish

  • Echo Park

    #12 of 17 (2006)
    Michael Connelly

  • How to Piss in Public

    2012
    Gavin McInnes

  • How Soon Is Never?

    2003
    Marc Spitz

  • Celebrity Secrets

    2007
    Nick Redfern

  • A Long Way Down

    2006
    Nick Hornby

  • It's So Easy

    2011
    Duff McKagan

  • Starting Over

    2010
    Ken Sharp

  • She's Gone Country

    2002
    Kyle Spencer

  • The Tourists

    2007
    Jeff Hobbs

  • The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

    1996
    Gar Alperovitz

  • Crossing the Line

    2005
    Clinton McKinzie


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