Friday 18th March 1977 – The Clash release debut single
The Clash release the debut single, ‘White Riot’ inspired by the August 1976 Notting Hill Carnival Riots. The ‘B’ side is ‘1977’.
Commenting on The Clash’s part in the ‘punk’ movement, guitarist Mick Jones says to the NME:
“It ain’t punk, it ain’t new wave, it’s the next logical progression for groups to move in. Call it what you want – all the terms stink. Just call it rock n’ roll”
The Clash had played at The Nag’s Head the previous November, prior to signing a record deal with CBS. Exactly one year before the release of White Riot, Clash front man Joe Strummer had peformed with The 101ers at the same venue.
The single reaches 38 in the UK chart. At the time of its release the top of the UK single charts read:
- Chanson D’Amour – Manhattan Transfer
- Knowing Me, Knowing You – Abba
- Sound & Vision – David Bowie
- When – Showaddywaddy
- Going In With My Eyes Open – David Soul
Which means it’s time for ‘White Riot’ – this is the original audio with the police siren intro: