The Clash discography

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The Clash discography

The Clash live in Oslo, 1980.
Releases
Studio albums 6
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 8
EPs 2
Singles 31
Video albums 2
Music videos 13
Box sets 4

This article presents the discography of the British punk rock band The Clash.

1977–1978[edit]

The Clash's first official recording was the single for "White Riot", released by CBS Records in March 1977. In April, CBS released their self-titled debut album, The Clash, in the United Kingdom, but refused to release it in the United States, saying that the sound was not "radio friendly".[1] A US version of the album with a modified track listing—four songs from the original version were replaced with five non-album singles and B-sides—was released by Epic Records in 1979, after the UK original became the best-selling import album of all time in the United States.[2] Terry Chimes left the band for the second time soon after the recording, so only Joe Strummer, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon were featured on the album's cover, and Chimes was credited as "Tory Crimes". The album ranked number 12 in the UK Albums Chart[3] and number 126 on the Billboard Pop albums chart.[4]

In the same month, the band also released an EP single, Capital Radio, which was given away to NME's readers. In May, CBS released the single "Remote Control" without asking them first, and, in September, "Complete Control", produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry, was Topper Headon's first recording with the band. It rose to number 28 on the British Singles Chart.[5]

In February 1978, the band came out with the single "Clash City Rockers". June saw the release of "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais". The Clash second album, Give 'Em Enough Rope, was released by CBS and produced by Sandy Pearlman in November, receiving largely positive reviews.[6] It hit number 2 in the UK,[3] and number 128 on the Billboard chart.[4] The album's first UK single, "Tommy Gun", rose to number 19.

1979–1982[edit]

In February 1979, CBS released the single, "English Civil War", and in May the EP, The Cost of Living. In August and September 1979, the Clash recorded their third studio album, London Calling. Produced by Guy Stevens, the double album was a mix of different styles, with greater maturity and production polish.[7] London Calling, released on December 1979 by CBS and regarded as one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded,[8] reached number 9 on the British chart[3] and number 27 on the US chart.[4] In the UK, London Calling's title track, released few days before the album's release, rose to number 11—the highest position any Clash single reached in the UK before the band's breakup.[9] The album's final track, "Train in Vain", included at the last minute and thus did not appear in the track listing on the cover, was released in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia in June 1980. The single was not released in the UK, and in the U.S. was backed with "London Calling". It turned out to be the band's biggest U.S. hit to date, reaching number 23 on the Billboard chart.

In August, the band came out with another single, "Bankrobber", which reached number 12 in the UK. In October, Epic released the compilation album Black Market Clash, only in the U.S. The compilation reached number 74 in the U.S. In the following November, CBS released the single "The Call Up", which reached number 40 in the UK. In December, CBS released the 3-LP, 36-song Sandinista!. The album again reflected a broad range of musical styles, including extended dubs and the first forays into rap by a major rock band. Produced by the band members with the participation of Mikey Dread, Sandinista! was their most controversial album to date, both politically and musically.[1][10] The album fared well in America, charting at number 24.[4][11]

During 1981, the band came out with a single, "Hitsville UK". Released on January 1981, the single reached number 56 in the UK and number 53 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. In April, CBS released the single for the song "The Magnificent Seven" which peaked at number 34 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981, and at number 21 on the U.S. Billboard Club Play Singles in 1982. In the same month, CBS released the 12-inch single "The Magnificent Dance". In November, CBS released the single, "This Is Radio Clash", which further demonstrated their ability to mix diverse influences such as dub and hip hop. It reached number 47 on the UK Singles Chart.

They set to work on their fifth studio album in the fall of 1981. Combat Rock was originally planned to be a 2-LP set with the title Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg, but were unable to mix it to either the group's or to CBS's satisfaction. Glyn Johns, brought in by manager Bernie Rhodes to edit and mix the album, reconceived it as a single LP and had Joe strummer re-record several vocals. In April 1982, the band released the first single from the album, "Know Your Rights", which reached number 43 in the UK. The album contains two "US-radio friendly" singles, "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and "Rock the Casbah". "Should I Stay or Should I Go" reached number 17 in the UK and number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, while "Rock the Casbah" peaked at number 17 in the UK and number 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[1][12] The album itself was the band's most successful, hitting number 2 in the UK[3] and number 7 in the US.[4]

1983–present[edit]

After Combat Rock, Topper Headon was asked to leave the band,[1][13] and in September, Mick Jones was fired. The first single from Cut the Crap, "This Is England", was released by CBS in September 1985. It reached number 24 in the UK. Cut the Crap, the last studio album of the band, actually composed by Strummer, Simonon, Pete Howard, Nick Sheppard, and Vince White, was produced by manager Bernard Rhodes and released by CBS in November.[14] It reached number 16 in the UK[3] and number 88 in the US.[4] The Clash effectively disbanded in early 1986.

In 1988, Epic released the double-disc, 28-track compilation The Story of the Clash, Volume 1 presenting a relatively thorough overview of their career. In March 1991, a reissue of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" gave the band its first and only number 1 UK single. In the same year, CBS and Epic released the triple-disc, 64-song box set Clash on Broadway that covers their entire career, and the compilation album The Singles, that includes all their singles, except for 1985's "This Is England". In 1993, Epic released Super Black Market Clash, a compilation that contains B-sides and rare tracks not available on their other albums. In 1999, Epic released the compilation album of live material, From Here to Eternity: Live.

The Clash: Westway to the World, a documentary film about the band, was released by Sony Music Entertainment in 2000, and, in 2003, it won the Grammy Award for the best long form music video.[4][15] In 2003, Epic and Sony BMG released The Essential Clash, a career-spanning greatest hits album and DVD, dedicated to Joe Strummer, who died during the production of the album. In 2004, Sony Legacy released London Calling: 25th Anniversary Edition. It contains The Vanilla Tapes, missing recordings made by the band in mid-1979 during the London Calling sessions,[16] as a bonus disc, and a DVD featuring the making of the album, the music videos for "London Calling", "Train in Vain" and "Clampdown", and video footage of The Clash recording sessions in Wessex Studios. In 2006, Sony BMG released the box set Singles Box which includes all the singles that they released in the UK. In 2007, Sony Bmg released The Singles that presents a stripped down view of the singles of the band. In 2008, Sony Music Entertainment released The Clash Live: Revolution Rock, produced and directed by Don Letts, it features live material and interviews from 1978 to 1983,[17][18] and, in October, the live album Live at Shea Stadium, which features the recording of the band's second night at Shea Stadium in 1982.

The 12-CD box set Sound System, featuring the band's entire studio catalogue re-mastered (minus Cut the Crap) plus three extra CDs, one DVD and various other materials, among with 5 Album Studio Set, featuring the band's first five studio albums re-mastered, and the 2-CD, 33-song best of collection The Clash Hits Back were released in September 2013.[19] All the music within the three albums has been remastered, mainly by Mick Jones, from the original tapes. The album gained an enthusiastic reception,[20] and the 12-CD box set and the best of compilation both entered in the UK Albums Chart.[21]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
AUT
[22]
CAN
[23]
NL
[24]
NOR
[25]
NZ
[26]
SPA
[27]
SWE
[28]
SWI
[29]
UK
[9]
US
[4]
Certifications
1977 ClashThe Clash
  • Release date: 8 April 1977, 26 July 1979 (US)
  • Label: Sony Music/Columbia; Epic
  • Notes: Two versions: UK and US
9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 42 9999 12 126 -0600UK: Gold[30]
US: Gold[31]
1978 Give 'Em Enough Rope
  • Release date: 10 November 1978
  • Label: Sony Music/Columbia; Epic
9999 9999 9999 9999 15 9999 36 9999 2 128 -0100UK: Gold[30]
1979 London Calling
  • Release date: 14 December 1979
  • Label: Sony Music/Columbia; Epic
  • Notes: Released as a double album
17 12 9999 4 12 52 2 72 9 27 -1150CAN: Gold[32]
UK: Platinum[30]
US: Platinum[31]
1980 Sandinista!
  • Release date: 12 December 1980
  • Label: Sony Music/Columbia; Epic
  • Notes: Released as a triple album
9999 3 9999 8 3 9999 9 9999 19 24 -0560UK: Silver[30]
US: Gold[31]
1982 Combat Rock
  • Release date: 14 May 1982
  • Label: Sony Music (SME)/Columbia; Epic
9999 12 29 7 5 9999 9 9999 2 7 -2110CAN: Gold[32]
UK: Silver[30]
US: 2× Platinum[31]
1985 Cut the Crap
  • Release date: 4 November 1985
  • Label: Sony Music/Columbia; Epic
9999 59 9999 9999 35 9999 30 9999 16 88 -0060UK: Silver[30]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
BEL
[33]
FRA
[34]
SWE
[28]
UK
[9]
US
[4]
1999 From Here to Eternity: Live
  • Release date: 4 October 1999
  • Label: Columbia/Sony Music; Epic
  • Notes: Live Recordings, 1978–1982
17 47 13 193
2008 Live at Shea Stadium 75 57 26 31 93
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
BEL
[35]
FRA
[34]
GER
[36]
NZ
[26]
POR
[37]
SPA
[27]
SWE
[28]
UK
[9][21]
US
[4]
Certifications
1980 Black Market Clash
  • Release date: 1980
  • Label: Epic/Sony Music
  • Notes: 10" EP collection of B-sides (re-released as a 12" EP in 1981)
9999 9999 9999 15 9999 9999 9999 9999 74
1988 StoryThe Story of the Clash, Volume 1
  • Release date: 29 February 1988
  • Label: Sony Music/Columbia; Epic
  • Notes: Double album, Greatest hits collection
9999 9999 53 3 9999 9999 50 7 142 -1100UK: Gold[30]
US: Platinum[31]
1990 1977 Revisited
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Relativity
  • Notes: Also published by Sony Special Products as A Collection of Rare Tracks and B Sides in 1990
9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999
1991 Singles 1991The Singles (1991)
  • Release date: November 1991
  • Label: Sony Music/Columbia; Epic
  • Notes: Collection of 18 UK and US singles in chronological order
9999 9999 9999 2 22 83 9999 68 9999
1993 Super Black Market Clash
  • Release date: 26 October 1993
  • Label: Columbia/Sony Music; Legacy/Epic
  • Notes: Collection of b-sides and rarities
9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999
2003 EssentialThe Essential Clash
  • Release date: 11 March 2003 (US), 22 April 2003 (UK)
  • Label: Columbia/Sony Music; Legacy/Epic
  • Notes: Collection of "essential" recordings; two versions: UK and US
9999 9999 9999 50 9999 9999 22 18 99 -1100UK: Gold[30]
2007 Singles 2007The Singles (2007)
  • Release date: 4 June 2007
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Notes: Single disc of 19 UK singles including "This Is England" and not in chronological order
9999 9999 9999 36 9999 9999 9999 13 9999 -1100UK: Platinum[30]
2013 Clash HitsThe Clash Hits Back
  • Release date: 9 September 2013 (UK), 10 September 2013 (US)[19]
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Notes: 2-CD, 33-song best of collection sequenced to copy the set played by the band at the Brixton Fair Deal on 19 July 1982
120 174 9999 27 9999 9999 9999 13 9999
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Box sets[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
BEL
[35]
UK
[21]
1991 Clash on Broadway
  • Release date: 19 November 1991
  • Label: Columbia/Sony Music; Legacy/Epic
  • Notes: Comprehensive 3-CD box set; includes several alternate versions and unreleased tracks
9999 9999
2006 Singles Box
  • Release date: 30 October 2006
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Notes: Set of 19 UK singles across 19 CDs
9999 9999
2013 Sound System
  • Release date: 9 September 2013 (UK), 10 September 2013 (US)[19]
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Notes: 12-CD box set featuring the band's entire studio catalogue re-mastered (minus Cut the Crap) plus an additional three discs, DVD and various other items
99 53
2013 5 Album Studio Set
  • Release date: 9 September 2013 (UK), 10 September 2013 (US)[19]
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Notes: 8-CD box set featuring the band's first five studio albums re-mastered
9999 9999
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
UK
[9]
IRE
[38]
1977 Capital Radio
  • Release date: 1 April 1977
1979 The Cost of Living
  • Release date: 11 May 1979
22 24

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[9][39][22][35][34][36][38][24][25][26][28][29][4]
UK AUS AUT BEL CAN FRA GER IRE NL NOR NZ SWE SWI US US Dance US Main Album
1977 "White Riot" 38 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 ClashThe Clash
"Remote Control" 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
"Complete Control" 28 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 Non-album singles included on the U.S. release of The Clash
1978 "Clash City Rockers" 35 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
"White"(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais" 32 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
"Tommy Gun" 19 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 Give 'Em Enough Rope
1979 "English Civil War" 25 999 999 999 999 999 999 29 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
"Groovy Times" 107 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 CostThe Cost of Living
"I Fought the Law" 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 24 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
"London Calling" 11 28 999 999 999 999 999 16 999 999 23 999 999 999 999 999 London Calling
"Clampdown" (AUS only) 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
1980 "Train in Vain" 999 999 999 999 62 999 999 999 999 999 26 999 999 23 30 999
"Rudie Can't Fail" (NL only) 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
"Bankrobber" 12 999 999 999 999 999 999 14 999 999 14 999 999 999 999 999 Non-album single
"Call"The Call Up" 40 69 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 42 13 999 999 21 999 Sandinista!
"Police on My Back" (AUS only) 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 21
1981 "Hitsville U.K." 56 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 53
"Magnificent"The Magnificent Seven" 34 999 999 18 999 999 999 999 21 999 999 999 999 999 21 999
"Somebody Got Murdered" (Spain only) 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
"This Is Radio Clash" 47 40 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 28 9 999 999 17 45 Non-album single
1982 "Know Your Rights" 43 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 Combat Rock
"Rock the Casbah" 30 3 999 999 26 999 999 999 21 999 4 16 999 8 8 6
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" / "Straight to Hell" 17 37 999 999 40 999 999 16 999 999 999 999 999 45 999 13
1985 "This Is England" 24 62 999 999 999 999 999 13 999 999 26 16 999 999 999 999 Cut the Crap
"Are You Red..Y" (AUS only) 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
1988 "London Calling" (re-release) 46 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 StoryThe Story of the Clash
"I Fought the Law" 29 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 17 999 999 999 999 999
1990 "Return to Brixton" 57 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 Non-album song
1991 "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (re-release) 1 999 5 3 999 25 5 2 3 3 2 6 4 999 999 999
"Rock the Casbah" (re-release) 15 999 999 22 999 999 999 10 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999
"London Calling" (second re-release) 64 999 999 999 999 999 999 18 999 999 999 30 999 999 999 999
"Train in Vain" (re-release) 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 SinglesThe Singles

Video albums[edit]

Year Title Director
1982 The Clash: Live in Tokyo The Clash
1985 This Is Video Clash Lindsey Clinell, Don Letts, Keef & Co
2003 The Essential Clash (DVD)
Features: Music videos and live performances; Hell W10 (1983); London Weekend Show's Interview 1976.[40]
Don Letts, Joe Strummer, Keef & Co, Lindsey Clinell
2008 The Clash Live: Revolution Rock Don Letts

Film/documentaries[edit]

Year Title Director
1980 Rude Boy Jack Hazan and David Mingay
2000 Westway to the World Don Letts
2006 The Clash: Up Close and Personal
2007 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Julian Temple
2012 The Rise and Fall of The Clash Danny Garcia
2013 Audio Ammunition[41] Google

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1977 "White Riot" Lindsey Clinell
"Complete Control" Don Letts
1978 "Tommy Gun" Keef & Co
1979 "I Fought the Law" Don Letts
"London Calling" Don Letts[42]
"Clampdown" Don Letts[43]
1980 "Train in Vain" Don Letts[44]
"Bankrobber" Don Letts
"The Call Up" Don Letts
1981 "This Is Radio Clash" Don Letts[45]
1982 "Rock the Casbah" Don Letts[46]
1984 "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" (live) Don Letts[47]
"Career Opportunities" (live) Don Letts

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

Books
Awards
Journals and magazines
Videos

External links[edit]