List of members of the Clash

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The Clash
Origin London, England
Genres Punk rock, alternative rock
Years active 1976–1986
Past members Joe Strummer
Paul Simonon
Mick Jones
Terry Chimes
Keith Levene
Rob Harper
Topper Headon
Pete Howard
Nick Sheppard
Vince White

The Clash was a punk rock band formed in 1976 initially consisting of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, guitar), Mick Jones (vocals, lead guitar), Paul Simonon (bass guitar), Keith Levene (guitar) and Terry Chimes (drums and percussion). Levene was fired in September 1976 and went on to form Public Image Ltd. An up-and-coming drummer, Topper Headon, was hired in May 1977 and this is considered the signature Clash lineup. After Headon's dismissal due to a drug addiction, Terry Chimes was rehired in May 1982. In May 1983 Chimes left and was replaced by Pete Howard and in September Jones was fired due to conflicting interests. Vince White and Nick Sheppard were hired as guitarists. After the album Cut the Crap (1985), Strummer promptly disbanded the Clash.

Band members[edit]

Classic lineup (May 1977–May 1982)[edit]

Joe Strummer – lead vocals, guitar
Active: May 1976–1986
Instruments: lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards
Release contributions: all Clash releases
Joe Strummer was a member of the original band formed in 1976, and remained with the band until they broke up in 1986.
Paul Simonon – bass guitar, backing vocals
Active: May 1976–1986
Instruments: vocals, bass
Release contributions: all Clash releases
Paul Simonon was a member of the original band formed in 1976, and remained with the band until they broke up in 1986.
Mick Jones – lead guitar, vocals
Active: May 1976– September 1983
Instruments: vocals, guitar, keyboards
Release contributions: all Clash releases except Cut the Crap (1985)
Mick Jones was a member of the original band formed in 1976. Mick Jones was fired from the band in September 1983 after his working relationship with Strummer stopped functioning.
Topper Headon – drums, percussion
Active: May 1977–May 1982
Instruments: drums and percussion
Release contributions: all Clash releases except The Clash (1977) and Cut the Crap (1985)
Topper Headon joined the band after what he described himself as a "journeyman" drummer. He realised the potential of the band and remained with them for four albums and a b-side compilation. He was dismissed from the band when his heroin addiction became too prevalent.

Other members[edit]

Terry Chimes – drums, percussion
Active: May 1976–November 1976; February 1977–May 1977; May 1982–May 1983
Instruments: drums and percussion
Release contributions: The Clash (1977), some on b-side collection Black Market Clash (1980)
Terry Chimes was an on-off member of the initial line-up of the band. He left and then was hired to record the debut album. He was omitted from the photo of it, because at that time he left. He was hired again in 1982 when Topper Headon left because of drug addiction. He left the band the following year when he couldn't deal with infighting.
Keith Levene – lead guitar
Active: May 1976–September 1976
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: None
Keith Levene was a member of the original band. In early September 1976, he was fired from the Clash. Strummer would claim that Levene's dwindling interest in the band owed to his supposedly abundant use of speed, a charge Levene has denied.[1] (Levene and John Lydon would form Public Image Ltd. in 1978.)
Rob Harper – drums, percussion
Active: December 1976–January 1977
Instruments: drums and percussion
Release contributions: None
Rob Harper drummed for a while during the December tour.
Pete Howard – drums, percussion
Active: May 1983–1986
Instruments: drums and percussion
Release contributions: Cut the Crap (1985)
Pete Howard was drumming for the band during the final twilight years.
Nick Sheppard – lead guitar, backing vocals
Active: September 1983–1986
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: Cut the Crap (1985)
Nick Sheppard joined the band after Mick Jones was fired.
Vince White – lead guitar
Active: September 1983–1986
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: Cut the Crap (1985)
Vince White joined the band after Mick Jones was fired.

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robb (2006), pp. 215–216; Savage (1992), p. 220.

See also[edit]