Kingstonstaples has no idea what he's taliking about.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The above person obviously has no clue about Punk music or the spirit of Punk. The Clash is one of the definative bands of the scene, in the late 70's and 80's. The Sex Pistols were the biggest sell outs, and did not start the movement...they sold it to the world and were manufactured just like the Backstreet Boys to sell clothes for Vivienne Westwood and make money for Malcolm MacClaren. All of the band from that era were influenced by eachother and developed there own styles that evolved over the years. Punk has no formula, It had it's roots and influences way before The Pistols. The Stooges, MC5, New York Dolls...were some of punks biggest influences. The Clashes contempararies..Blondie, The Jam, The Buzzcocks, Joy Division among others all had distinct sounds and pulled in many influences like reggae, and synths as they evolved. I find bands that stick with the same three chord "formula" are dull and unimaginative. And without the Clash were would a band like Bad Religion be?? The Clash actually sang about politics and issues that mattered. Talk about selling out...have you been to a Van's Warped Tour lately. Rancid are a fine band...and am sure they would site The Clash as a big influence. Buy this album, If you would like a well rounded overview of the band. By the Albums they are better."