39 years ago today (April 8) The Clash released their self-titled debut album. They would go on to create an incredible punk legacy. Celebrating their amazing career, here’s 50 Clash facts, starting with their first ever gig – a summer 1976 blowout supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield.
Songs that mention Clash members and associates: “Walk Out To Winter” (Aztec Camera), “Punky Reggae Party” (Bob Marley), “Posing At The Roundhouse”, “Part-Time Punks” (TV Personalities), “Gangsters” (The Special AKA), “The Feeding Of 5000” (Crass), “Tear Stained Letter” (Richard Thompson), “Death Threats” (Throbbing Gristle), “Joe Strummer’s Wallet” (The Stingrays).
They also sold their double and triple album sets ‘London Calling’ and ‘Sandinista!’ for around the price of a single album (£5.99). This meant that they had to forfeit all of their performance royalties on its first 200, 000 sales. They were constantly in debt to CBS and only started to break even around 1982.