This album "CLASH - S/T Self-Titled" is the eponymous debut studio album by English punk rock band The Clash. It was released on 8 April 1977, through CBS Records.

THE CLASH - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover

"The Clash" Album Description:

In the tumultuous landscape of late 1970s punk rock, one album emerged as a defining manifesto of rebellion and raw energy – "The Clash," the eponymous debut studio album by the English punk rock band, The Clash. Released on 8 April 1977 through CBS Records, this iconic 12" vinyl LP marked the inception of a musical revolution that would shape the punk scene for years to come.

Formation of The Clash:

The Clash, consisting of Joe Strummer (vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals), and Topper Headon (drums), rose from the ashes of London's burgeoning punk scene. The band's eclectic mix of punk, reggae, and rockabilly, coupled with politically charged lyrics, set them apart as a force to be reckoned with.

The Recording Process:

The self-titled debut album was recorded in just three weekends at CBS Studios in London. Produced by Mickey Foote, the record captured the band's raw and unfiltered sound, a testament to their DIY ethos and disdain for the polished production values of the mainstream music industry.

Musical Influence:

"The Clash" showcased the band's diverse musical influences. From the anthemic punk aggression of "White Riot" to the reggae-infused rhythms of "Police & Thieves" and the rockabilly vibes of "Janie Jones," the album demonstrated The Clash's refusal to be confined to a single genre. This musical versatility was a departure from the prevailing punk orthodoxy and signaled the band's intent to challenge the status quo.

Album Artwork:

The iconic cover art, featuring a black-and-white photograph of the band, instantly became a symbol of punk rebellion. Designed by Polish artist Rosław Szaybo, the stark simplicity of the image perfectly complemented the album's no-frills ethos.

Impact and Reception:

Upon its release, "The Clash" received widespread acclaim for its authenticity and intensity. It reached number 12 on the UK Albums Chart and laid the foundation for The Clash's future success. The album's impact was not limited to the charts; it became a rallying cry for disenchanted youth worldwide, providing a voice for those who felt marginalized by the prevailing societal norms.


"The Clash" remains a cornerstone of punk rock history. Its influence can be heard in subsequent generations of musicians who have drawn inspiration from the album's rebellious spirit and musical innovation. The Clash went on to become one of the most significant bands of the punk era, but it was this self-titled debut that catapulted them onto the global stage.

Music Genre:

 English Punk Rock 

Album Production information:

The album: "CLASH - S/T Self-Titled" was produced by: Micky Foote

Album artwork Ros?aw Szaybo

Album cover photography: Front Cover: Kate Simon, Back Cover: Rocco Macauley

Record Label Information:

 CBS 82000 / BIEM / STEMRA Copyright Control

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1977 Made in Netherlands for European distributon
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: CLASH - S/T Self-Titled
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Mick Jones - Guitars, vocals
  • Joe Strummer - Guitars, vocals
  • Paul Simonon - Bass guitar
  • Terry Chimes - Drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "CLASH - S/T Self-Titled"

The detailed tracklist of this record "CLASH - S/T Self-Titled" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. "Janie Jones" Strummer 2:03
  2. "Remote Control" Jones, Strummer 3:00
  3. "I'm So Bored with the USA" Strummer 2:25
  4. "White Riot" Strummer 1:56
  5. "Hate & War" Jones, Strummer 2:05
  6. "What's My Name?" (written by Strummer, Jones, Keith Levene) Strummer 1:40
  7. "Deny" Strummer 3:03
  8. "London's Burning" Strummer 2:12
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. "Career Opportunities" Strummer 1:52
  2. "Cheat" Strummer 2:06
  3. "Protex Blue" Jones 1:42
  4. "Police & Thieves" (written by Junior Murvin, Lee Perry) Strummer 6:01
  5. "48 Hours" Strummer 1:34
  6. "Garageland" Strummer 3:12


Front Cover Photo Of THE CLASH - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP Album


THE CLASH - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover

 Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).

Photo Of The Back Cover THE CLASH - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP Album


THE CLASH - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP Album back cover

Close up of Side One record's label THE CLASH - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP Album

"THE CLASH" Record Label Details: CBS 82000 / BIEM / STEMRA Copyright Control

"THE CLASH" Record Label Details: CBS 82000 / BIEM / STEMRA Copyright Control
Index of THE CLASH Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

The Clash was a British punk rock band that formed in 1976. The band consisted of Joe Strummer (vocals, guitar), Mick Jones (guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums, percussion). They were known for their politically charged lyrics and their eclectic musical style, which incorporated elements of punk, reggae, rockabilly, and funk. The Clash's debut album, "The Clash," was released in 1977 and is considered one of the greatest punk albums of all time. They released several more albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "Give 'Em Enough Rope," "London Calling," and "Combat Rock." The band disbanded in 1986, but their music continues to be influential to this day.  

The Clash were one of the most prominent and influential bands of the punk rock movement, and their music and political activism helped to shape the punk and alternative music scenes. The band's early music was heavily influenced by punk pioneers like the Sex Pistols, but they quickly began to incorporate elements of other genres, including reggae, rockabilly, and funk. This eclecticism helped to set The Clash apart from other punk bands and made them one of the most innovative and unique groups of the era. 

The band's lyrics were often politically charged and dealt with issues such as class struggle, anti-establishment, anti-fascism, and anti-imperialism, making them one of the most politically active bands of the era. 

The Clash's third album, "London Calling" (1979), is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. It was a commercial success, and it was named the best album of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine. "Combat Rock" (1982) was their most successful album commercially, and it gave them a hit single "Rock the Casbah" 

After "Combat Rock", the band went through some personal and musical differences which led to the departure of Mick Jones and the band eventually disbanded in 1986. 

The influence of The Clash is still felt today, and the band is considered one of the most important and enduring groups of the punk era. Their music continues to be celebrated and their legacy continues to be an inspiration for many musicians and bands.