Before the Clash's founding, the band's future members were active in different parts of the London music scene.John Graham Mellor sang and played rhythm guitar in the pub rock act the 101'ers, which formed in 1974.After London SS broke up in early 1976, Rhodes continued as Jones's manager.In February, Jones saw the Sex Pistols perform for the first time: "You knew straight away that was it, and this was what it was going to be like from now on.Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones' departure the following year.
At the Black Swan, he approached the Sex Pistols' lead singer, John Lydon (then going by Johnny Rotten), and suggested they form a band together if the Pistols broke up.And I saw the future—with a snotty handkerchief—right in front of me. Pub rock was, "Hello, you bunch of drunks, I'm gonna play these boogies and I hope you like them." The Pistols came out that Tuesday evening and their attitude was, "Here's our tunes, and we couldn't give a flying fuck whether you like them or not.In fact, we're gonna play them even if you fucking hate them." On 30 May, Rhodes and Levene met surreptitiously with Strummer after a 101'ers gig.In January 2003, shortly after the death of Joe Strummer, the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the Clash number 28 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their self-titled debut album, The Clash, in 1977.