Mick Jones and Joe Strummer were introduced to one another during a party—at a “dirty squat in Shepherd’s Bush”—by none other than the “father of punk rock,” Bernie Rhodes (self-declared). Immediately afterward, Strummer left the 101ers to form the Clash with Jones, whose London SS was already defunct, and the only band that matters had Paul Simonon, Keith Levene and Terry Chimes to round out the initial lineup.
Their first gig was opening for the Sex Pistols, and 5 weeks later they would open again for the Pistols, sealing punk rock’s status as an official movement. The band’s song were written primarily by Jones and Strummer, including all but three tracks on London Calling, their third album, which is widely considered one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded. In 2003, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.