The Clash: Biography - InfoBarrel

Early Days

The first lineup to be known as "The Clash" consisted of Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, Keith Levene and Pablo LaBritain. In around 1975, all these boys played in different parts of the London pub rock scene. After having been round the pub circuit a couple times with different groups, Mick Jones met the current Kings of Punk, The Sex Pistols. Mick, a Brixton boy, phoned Paul Simonon, currently at art school, in March 1976, to see if he was up for learning the bass, and joining Mick's new band. Simonon agreed quickly, and soon they had Keith Levene on board, another pub rocker who Jones was friendly with. At this time, Joe Strummer was playing in a band called the