The punk group The Clash was formed in London, England in 1976. The group took English punk and combined different styles into their music. The Clash made their music debut as an opening gig for the infamous punk group The Sex Pistols.
Unlike the songs of The Sex Pistols, the songs of The Clashwere mostly about racism, police brutality, political slants and disenfranchisement.
In 1977, CBS Records of Great Britain(TM) signed The Clash for an advancement deal of $200,000. In spring of that same year the band’s debut album was released and entered the British music charts at #12. Music censors at the U.S.A record company Columbia(TM) thought that the British version of The Clash’s debut album was too inappropriate for Stateside release. However, it didn’t stop American fans from buying the album as an import.
The Clash’s first album to be released in the States was ‘The Cost of Living’, which included the cover version of Bobby Fuller and Sonny Curtis’ I Fought the Law.
In 2002, the collaborator and close friend of The Clash Joe Strummer passed away at the age of 50.