Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy Birthday, Topper Headon

Happy fifty eighth birthday today (May 30th) to Nicolas Bowen "Topper" Headon, the rock and roll drummer for the British punk band the Clash.

Born in Crockenhill, north of Kent, Headon started playing drums and an early age. He lists jazz drummer Billy Cobham as an influence. In 1973, he played in a progressive rock group called Mirkwood for a year and a half.

In 1977, he joined the Clash and remained part of the group through the tour to support Combat Rock. After the Clash, he worked on a solo career for the later part of the 80's.

Here is a list of the Clash albums I have reviewed to date:

- for the band's 1977 self-titled debut album the Clash, click here. Headon joined the band after their debut though.

- for the band's 1978 album Give 'Em Enough Rope, click here

- for the band's 1979 double-length third album London Calling, click here

- for the band's fifth album from 1982, the aforementioned Combat Rock, click here

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