Friday, July 9, 2010


The Clash were one of the most popular punk bands to come out of England in the 1970s. However, they had to soften their tone a bit to gain notoriety--and record sales--in the U.S.

Extremely political in their early recordings, the band released a monumental album, "London Calling" which hit a nerve with the American public after a few years of lessened record sales here as opposed to in Europe.

But the band really became popular here when the muted the politics and played up the pop aspects of their music.

Here is my collection of Clash sleeves, some from the U.S. and the others from Europe. Notice that there were two U.S. sleeves for "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," and they are both found here. Also, the "Cost of Living" EP opens up to a spread which is too long to display here.

All told, the Clash went from ultra-political music to tunes that made them one of the top singles bands in the early 1980s.

Clash - Tommy Gun.mp3
Clash - 1-2, Crush On You.mp3

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