Best. Band. Ever. However, this article strikes me as a load of shite. First off, the indefensible position is put forth that the Clash were not a punk band. Uh oh, somebody get Rancid on the phone. The
heresy idea here is that the Clash didn’t sound like the Ramones or the Sex Pistols, and prior to joining the Clash the band members played other types of music. Wha??? Forget the whole punk movement, its tenets, its ethos – you know, the stuff that punk was about. What it all comes down to is that the Clash could actually play their instruments and were interested in other kinds of music. This keeps them out of the punk pantheon, apparently.
It is not a new idea that punk arose, in England at least, from class tensions and unrest amongst disenfranchised youth, blah, blah, blah. However, I couldn’t sort through the author’s new wrinkle on class conflict within seminal British bands, but then I didn’t have a blackboard handy.