Watch Strokes Cover Clash's 'Clampdown' at Governors Ball

June 4, 2016

The Strokes headlined the Friday night festivities at this year's Governors Ball in New York, and in addition to a career-spanning set that featured tracks off their new Future Present Past EP, the band also performed their cover of the Clash's "Clampdown"...


15 Legendary Unreleased Albums

May 18, 2016

Unreleased albums offer a tantalizing glimpse of an alternate rock universe just beyond our reach. Ultimately we're drawn to these tales not just for the music – which doesn't always live up to the hype – but because of the people who make...


40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

April 6, 2016

Punk rock started in 1976 on New York's Bowery, when four cretins from Queens came up with a mutant strain of blitzkrieg bubblegum. The revolution they inspired split the history of rock & roll in half. But even if punk rock began as a kind of...


The Clash Tear Up 'Garageland' in 1977

January 5, 2016

"This is rock & roll," Clash guitarist Joe Strummer informed a curious Munich crowd. By the end of the show that night – October 4th, 1977 – he had led the band through most of their unstoppable debut album (released earlier that...


Seattle Honors the Clash With 'International Clash Day'

February 5, 2016

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has honored rock legends the Clash by declaring Sunday, February 7th "International Clash Day" in the city, joining King County, Washington and Bridgewater, UK in that recognition.  "Legendary UK band the Clash formed...



Watch Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher Cover Gorillaz

December 14, 2015

Former Clash bassist Paul Simonon celebrated his 60th birthday by forming an all-star, one-night-only supergroup with Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde on Sunday night. The band played a variety of classic Clash tracks ("The...


Newly Unearthed Letter Explains The Clash's U.S. Troubles

June 12, 2015

The Clash's 1977 self-titled album is widely seen as one of the greatest debuts of all time, though Americans didn't have a chance to buy it until 1979 - and a letter (which surfaced online last year and is just now making the rounds) explains exactly...


Julien Temple on Punk Docs and Xmas With the Sex Pistols

July 30, 2015

Johnny Rotten grabs the microphone and lurches forward, his pimply face grinning into the camera. Next to him, Steve Jones is miming (or mocking) guitar-hero moves, while Sid Vicious hunches over his bass, surly as ever. The grainy footage carbon-dates...


Flashback: The Clash Storm Tokyo in 1982

May 26, 2015

In hindsight, The Clash probably shouldn't have agreed to tour Asia and Australia in early 1982. Beyond the fact that it came midway through the tense Combat Rock sessions, promoters put together an insane schedule of 25 shows in a little over...



Joe Strummer's 1963 Thunderbird Up for Auction

August 14, 2014

It's not a brand new Cadillac, but Joe Strummer's 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird is now up for auction on eBay. Bidding will end on Thursday, August 21st, which also happens to be the birthday of the late Clash co-founder. While...


Clash Members, Diplo Talk Unlikely 'Hero' Collaboration

March 10, 2014

Turns out Mick Jones, the genre-melding singer/guitarist of the Clash, boasts some fashion ingenuity, too. "If your sneakers get old, you put them in the freezer," the London Calling legend instructed a rapt crowd of reporters last week at Brooklyn's...


The Clash End on a Low Note

January 2, 2014

When the story of the Clash is told, it often ends in 1983, when the group melted down following the US Festival and Mick Jones left the band. That's probably where most members would like to remember it ending too, but Joe Strummer and bassist Paul Simonon...


Gob-Smacked: The Best of Seventies British Punk

June 17, 2014

Mohawked and mad-as-hell, the punks who popped up in England in the late 1970s created some of the smartest, sharpest, and most arresting racket the U.K. had ever heard. Many of them would never make it to the charts, but decades later, they remain punk-rock...


What Is the Best Double Album of All Time?

January 3, 2014

Pop acts have been releasing double albums since Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde in 1966. There have been countless classics since then, from The White Album by the Beatles all the way to Reflektor by Arcade Fire. Why Arcade Fire's The Funeral Is the Sixth...



Clash Inspiration Junior Murvin Dead

December 3, 2013

Reggae artist Junior Murvin died on Monday in Jamaica. Although an official cause of death has not yet been released, Murvin had been recently hospitalized for diabetes and blood-pressure-related illnesses.  He was between ages 64 and 67, according...

Album Review

Sound System

September 10, 2013

It takes a band as myth-saturated as the Clash to live up to a career-summing box as ambitious as this one. But Joe Strummer and his crew of London gutter-punk romantics fit the bill. The 13-disc Sound System aims to tell their whole story, from the garage-land...


Green Day Pay Tribute to Joe Strummer

August 22, 2013

Green Day wished a happy birthday to Joe Strummer last night, midway through their set at O2 Academy Brixton in London. The Clash frontman, who died in 2002, would have turned 61 yesterday. The birthday wishes came during a show that included a full...


Ian Rubbish Interviews the Clash

October 16, 2013

It's said you should never meet your heroes, but Ian Rubbish has never abided by conventional wisdom. Fred Armisen's veteran punk character, introduced earlier this year on Saturday Night Live, sits down with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon in The Clash:...


The Clash's Mick Jones: 'This Is It for Me'

August 30, 2013

To Mick Jones, the Clash's new box set, Sound System, represents the band's final statement. The 13-disc collection includes remastered versions of their five studio albums, video of everything from their first recording session in 1976 through incredible...


The Clash, 'White Man in Hammersmith' Live

August 19, 2013

The Clash's new 13-disc box set Sound System includes remastered versions of the group's five studio albums as well as tons of remixes, demos, outtakes and alternate versions of classic songs. The coolest part, however, may be the videos. The group has...