'The Essential Clash' 2-Cd Set Coincides With Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction


To celebrate the Clash's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next month, Epic Records will release the 2-CD "The Essential Clash" on March 11th. Arriving just over twenty years from the original release of the British band's 1982 hit singles 'Rock The Casbah' and 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go?,' "The Essential Clash" features 40 classic tracks spanning the years 1977 to 1985. The compilation was personally supervised by the band, including Joe Strummer (vocals, guitar), who had been working on the project shortly before his death in London in December 2002, at age 50.

Surviving members Mick Jones (vocals, guitar), Paul Simonon (bass, vocals), and drummers Nicky "Topper" Headon and Terry Chimes will all travel from London for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction which will be held March 10th in New York City.

The members of the Clash were drawn together in 1976 and quickly found themselves at the forefront of Britain's then-burgeoning punk rock scene. Between 1976 and 1982, the original lineup of the group released five classic albums -- "The Clash," "Give 'Em Enough Rope," "London Calling," "Sandinista!," "Combat Rock" -- and toured the U.S. numerous times. The Clash's self-titled debut album would later earn Rolling Stone magazine's endorsement as "the greatest album of the '80s."

SOURCE: Epic Records

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