Style: The Clash 1980
What a difference a year makes. The Clash were riding high in the emerging English punk scene in the late seventies w/ the release of their debut LP “The Clash” and follow up “Give ’em Enough Rope” – and looked like every other punk on the block, torn clothes and bad teeth. Then along came “London Calling” in 1980. Later hailed as the best LP of the ’80s (though actually released in 1979) it made the band rock stars. With that came a radical change of style and focus. No more thrift store clothes and bad haircuts. Instead they went backwards, incorporating new 50’s style suits and Elvis Presley shirts. Paul Simonon, being the most photogenic, looked like a male model, who could kick your ass. Joe, went for a greasy Elvis look, Mick looked like a 40’s pool shark and Topper, poor Topper, just looked uncomfortable.