On 18 March 1977, The Clash released their first single – ‘White Riot’. While The Clash – or at least the initial line-up of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon – had formed the previous Summer, it was the release that first introduced them to the world at large. That it was released 35 years ago today gives us the perfect opportunity to look back at the works of one of the most – and it could easily be argued the single most - important punk band of all time via a Spotify Slaylist.
Now with a band with as big and as important a back-catalogue as The Clash have, there are any number of potential Spotify Slaylists we could’ve put together to mark this occasion. However, what with it being the anniversary of the release of the band’s first single, we figured we ought to stick with the theme of singles by The Clash, and so have collected every single released by the band in one giant, chronological Slaylist, kicking off with the aforementioned ‘White Riot’, and closing with ‘This Is England’.
And no, we don’t count that 1990 remix, ‘Return To Brixton’ as an “official” single by The Clash. It’s not on Spotify anyway, so we couldn’t have included it, even if we wanted to. Which we don’t.
Spotify is available to most of Western Europe and the USA for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….sorry.
Listen to ‘The Guns of Brixton’, which despite popular misconception, was never actually released by The Clash as a single:
(Yeah, we know it’s kinda of a cheat to describe this Slaylist as “35 years of singles from The Clash” when the last “true” single from The Clash was released in 1985, but calling our Slaylist “8 years of singles from The Clash of which the first one was released 35 years ago” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, now does it?)