The Clash

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2003

Inducted by: The Edge and Tom Morello

Nominated in: 2003

First Eligible: 2003 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Terry Chimes, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2003 (ranked #19) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
The Clash [US] (1977)
London Calling (1979)
Sandinista! (1980)
Combat Rock (1982)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
White Riot (1977)
Complete Control (1977)
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (1978)
The Guns of Brixton (1979)
London Calling (1979)
I Fought The Law (1979)
Train In Vain (Stand By Me) (1979)
Lost in the Supermarket (1979)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (1982)
Rock The Casbah (1982)

The Clash @ Wikipedia

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26 comments so far (post your own)

One of the major punk bands of all time. Major influence on a lot of bands today.

Posted by maplejet on Tuesday, 05.22.07 @ 13:38pm


Amazing that they got in the same year that they were nominated. That is the sign of an amazing and influencal band.

Posted by that guy on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 14:02pm


No, that guy, it certainly is not.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 14:06pm


On Saturday night (3/1/08) 11PM NY Time, WLIW will be airing "The Clash Live: Revolution Rock". I don't know if all states have this channel. It is supposed to have never seen before footage of the band. It might be interesting to those that never saw the Clash live.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 02.27.08 @ 04:56am


I actually believe that "London Calling" is one of THE most heinously over rated albums ever, presumably something to do with its big commercial success. Also, The Clash were only actually "punk" for about two albums, one of which (Give 'Em Enough Rope) is shit.

No where near as good as The Buzzcocks.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 13:03pm


The Clash
I fought the law and the law won

John Mellencamp
When I fight authority, authority always wins


Did John Mellencamp get the idea from The Clash?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.2.08 @ 09:28am


Maybe if they had actually written I Fought The Law in the first place...

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 08:38am


Liam, stop acting like you know everything, ok?

Posted by a on Friday, 04.11.08 @ 07:39am


No, it's just not possible.

Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.11.08 @ 07:54am


Really though, all I was pointing out was the fact that The Clash didn't write it in the first place.

Did I mention that The Buzzcocks are better than The Clash? Oh, I did, right at the top there. That's good.

Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.11.08 @ 07:57am


Just because The Clash were musically diverse and commercially successful doesn't taint the punk rock they played. The Clash along with Dead Kennedys are the thinking man's bands. You, sir, are apparently very bitter that The Buzzcocks are not as widely recognized as brilliant musicians. Sorry.

Posted by Joel on Saturday, 10.18.08 @ 13:59pm


Yes! The Clash real punk not some fake like the sex pisstols. Although Liam's right. The Buzzcocks are better and London Calling is far too overrated.

Posted by Punkster101 on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 13:22pm


Most Overrated Albums of All Time:

1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
3. London Calling - The Clash
4. OK Computer -Radiohead
5. Ten - Pearl Jam
6. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
7. Kiss - Kiss
8. Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
9. Anything Madonna ever did
10. Anything Elton John ever did


Posted by Punkster101 on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 13:41pm


Good list, Punkster101. I agree with the possible exception of Dylan.

Posted by classicrocker on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 14:08pm


Yeah that list is a fairly accurate representation of the most overrated albums in my opinion. However, I'd personally put "Anything Madonna Ever Did" higher up.

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 16:24pm


Here is a question - are these albums over-rated by today's standards or the standards of their time. Sgt. Pepper was and is a groundbreaking recording? Although I don't think it was their best album, (Revolver and Rubber Soul) it certainly was cutting edge or close to it at the time. Recording techniques and the attempt, although somewhat weak in certain spots to connect the songs was pretty damn good at the time. And when so many musicians still cite Pepper as an influential piece of work, then I can hardly see it being called over-rated.. Anyway, this is just my opinion.

Never Mind the Bollocks - why is this over-rated? It was never cited as anything more than a sign of a changing of the guard. Musically, it was never considered exceptional.

Madman Across the Water, Yellowbrick Road and Honky Chateau are anything but over-rated.

Nevermind and Ten - See Sex Pistols only with a few more hooks and better melodies.

How can a KISS album be over-rated when they never received one decent review in their lives.

Dylan should not be on this list. And I am not seeing how London Calling belongs here either.

Over-rated: Assuming we are talking about albums which received critical raves. Coldplay would head my list, White Stripes, Ronnie James Dio solo releases, Horses by Patti Smith, and of course, all of Madonna's LP's except Ray of Light.

Again, this is only one man's opinion.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:16pm


Keebord watch out, you will get "Karlah" after you - which is not good Karmah! (or Kaballah either?) Punkster, you say those are "overrated" albums? You are probably right. The way pretentious experts like to agrandize things, you would think some of those albums solved poverty or caused world peace or cured a disease. But many of the songs were written and performed by people wacked out on drugs, and have meaningless lyrics. (its actually funny) Rock stars and professional athletes are all "overrated" if you ask me.

Posted by Bubble on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:30pm


Dameon, you make some good comments. I agree that Sgt. Peppers, Highway 61, and London Calling are at least all top-notch albums.

Posted by Bubble on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:35pm


Anyone who thinks 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' is overated is nuts (IMO).

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 05:33am


"Yellow Brick Road" and Elton John both suck! Especially everything elton did since the 80's = crap

Posted by robbie on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 11:52am


I always liked "The Only Band that Matters". One of the most, if not the most, important punk band of all-time.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 08.30.09 @ 13:36pm


I do find it weird though that Tom Morello inducted them. Kind of like Billy Corgan with Pink Floyd.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 08.30.09 @ 13:38pm


Good morning. Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.
I am from Slovenia and too bad know English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "In retailer, a stage may be pulled or have their bank to shop airline swapping that cost event born if there are always enough girls or transactions of cars as a rule of laws."

THX :-D, Izellah.

Posted by Izellah on Friday, 09.4.09 @ 21:25pm


Most Overrated Albums of All Time:

1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
3. London Calling - The Clash
4. OK Computer -Radiohead
5. Ten - Pearl Jam
6. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
7. Kiss - Kiss
8. Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
9. Anything Madonna ever did
10. Anything Elton John ever did

Posted by Punkster101 on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 13:41pm

As Dameon said, KISS doesn't really get good reviews so it would be difficult for them to have an overrated album. I believe their two most acclaimed albums are "Alive" and "Destroyer". I'd put "Pet Sounds" on that list as to me it's absolutely unlistenable, and yet everyone considers it the greatest album of all time; from a musical perspective it's not even close. Likewise, Nevermind and Ten are somewhat overrated (especially Nevermind, as Nirvana get too some credit they don't deserve; see the Nirvana page for more info), but not that much, and they weren't really overblown or anything. They were just, for their time, great hard rock albums, and weren't supposed to change the world. Same with Never Mind the Bollocks, though it's your opinion As Dameon said, those albums were just signs of the music scene being shaken up (though Britpop was doing more of that in the UK than Nirvana or Pearl Jam.) I can understand why you wouldn't like Radiohead. Even though I like all of them, Hysteria, A Rush of Blood to the Head and All That You Can't Leave Behind would also rank there more likely than Sgt. Peppers, Elton John or the Pistols. Hysteria just because it seems lightweight in some spots, and isn't Def Lep's best work. AROBTH just because it (and Coldplay) are being hyped up beyond belief, and Coldplay aren't being given the chance to make their mark on the scene. ATYCLB because it's already being listed as one of the greatest albums of all time and not being given the chance to earn that status. I can understand why you'd feel The Clash are the most overhyped punk band. Dylan may be a little bit overrated musically, but he is not in the top 10 of that. Period.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 19:35pm


"I'd put 'Pet Sounds' on that list as to me it's absolutely unlistenable, and yet everyone considers it the greatest album of all time." - Sam

Pet Sounds unlistenable? Good God, I certainly never heard that before, agree to disagree I guess.


"Most Overrated Albums of All Time:

1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
3. London Calling - The Clash
4. OK Computer -Radiohead
5. Ten - Pearl Jam
6. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
7. Kiss - Kiss
8. Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
9. Anything Madonna ever did
10. Anything Elton John ever did" - Punkster101

Sgt Pepper isn't the Beatles' best (though I disagree with Dameon that Revolver and Rubber Soul are their best, Revolver's got too much filler on it, in my opinion. Abbey Road and Let It Be are also full of holes. I can perhaps say their best are either Rubber Soul or the White Album) so I can understand why you would consider it overrated. The Clash are usually the most hyped punk band, but that's because they were one of the best punk bands! I know Dylan's hardly a God/Saint who can do no wrong, unlike what some in the establishment like to preach (see the Dylan page for more info). However, Highway 61 Revisited on its own is still a fine album.

Kiss by Kiss? I don't think I've ever heard anyone singing praise for this album, so I hardly can understand why it would be overrated. The Sex Pistols usually get trashed (see their page for more info), so I seriously doubt Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols is overrated. I have never been an Elton John fan, but I don't think any of his Pre-1980's work can be constituted as overrated. Ten, Nevermind, OK Computer and "Anything Madonna ever did," ok, I'll give you that, maybe add the Strokes and Coldplay to that list.

Back to what liam was going on about at the top of the page, I can understand his frustrations why the Buzzcocks aren't better recognized as they were one of the greatest punk bands, but to discredit the Clash to elevate the Buzzcocks is just silly, let them both stand on their own merits.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 04.20.11 @ 05:53am


The Clash is one of my ALL TIMES favorite bands, alongside with Dead Kennedys and Pixies.

They were AWESOME musicians, great lyricists and really punk rock. Not just heroin and awfully played riffs.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 21:32pm


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