Billed as “the only band that matters”, The Clash released their debut single ‘White Riot’ in the iconic punk year of 1977. But they weren’t constrained by punk – their debut explored the reggae they heard on London’s streets and they’d soon start exploring everything from disco to dub. The classic Clash lineup featured vocalist Joe Strummer, one of rock’s best political lyricists, and guitarist Mick Jones, supported ably by the rhythm section of Topper Headon and Paul Simonon.
Despite their obvious merits, The Clash’s discography is patchy – of their 6 albums, I count two classics, three records with flaws, and one write-off. I only ranked their studio albums on this list. But because their discography is inconsistent, I’d prioritise the live record From Here to Eternity: Live and the odds and sods on Super Black Market Clash over most of their studio records. The Clash’s initial tenure lasted from 1977’s The Clash to 1985’s Cut The Crap. Jones and Strummer had recommenced writing together shortly before Strummer’s untimely death.
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What’s your favourite Clash album?