They came in to the bustling English music scene with no experience except with what they had learned from playing along to old records. They were one of the first ones to mix totally different music style together, creating harmonious reggae-punk tracks. They were familiar with politics; not only in their country but all around the world, particularly in Jamaica. Clad with their DIY leather jackets, silver spray painted baseball boots, splattered button downs, and ties, they set the style for a decade of Punk to come. They were Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simmonon, and Topper Headon. They were The Clash
They've influenced many of today's bands/artists not only by sound, but by look. MIA's Paper Planes is actually built of a sample of one of The Clash's songs; Straight to Hell.