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Topper Headon


Drummer Topper Headon wasn’t a genuine person in the Clash, nonetheless it was his entrance that helped force them to another musical level, seeing that he quickly became a fundamental element of the group. Blessed Nicholas Bowen Headon on, may 30, 1955 in Bromely, Kent, Headon was raised a spirit and jazz enthusiast (an early on impact was ace fusion drummer Billy Cobham), and he was once an associate of an area group that opened up a present for the Temptations. It had been via an acquaintance, guitarist Mick Jones, that Headon got the minds up in regards to a tryout using the Clash in 1977 — following the group had opted through an outstanding quantity of drummers throughout their brief timespan together. Using the group currently enjoying a considerable pursuing and agreed upon to Epic Information, Headon decided to join up using the group. But Headon’s primary plan was to remain using the Clash for just per year — which he thought would give plenty of time to obtain his name known therefore he could move ahead to another even more “ideal” group. But Headon quickly noticed that the group had not been only a one-dimensional punk band, because they branched out and handled upon a multitude of designs — even while under no circumstances losing sight of the primary punk ideals. Headon made an appearance on such Clash albums as 1978’s Provide ‘Em A sufficient amount of Rope (which manufacturer Sandy Pearlman dubbed Headon “The Individual Drum Machine,” because of his impeccable timing and abilities), 1979’s traditional double-album London Contacting, 1980s sprawling triple-album established Sandinista! (which highlighted among Headon’s few business lead vocals using the Clash, “Ivan Fits G.We. Joe”), and 1982’s Fight Rock, the last mentioned of which included the Clash’s biggest strike single, “Rock and roll the Casbah,” that was nearly completely penned and performed by Headon. But regardless of the Clash getting among the world’s best rock clothes, a heroin cravings had attracted a wedge between Headon and the others of his bandmates — resulting in Headon being informed to either form up or deliver out. However, Headon couldn’t continue his end from the discount, which resulted in his dismissal in the Clash in 1982. Following a prepared reunion with Jones (who was simply expelled in the Clash himself per year after Headon’s dismissal) within the group Big Sound Dynamite didn’t workout, Headon centered on documenting a single record. Issued in 1986, Headon’s GETTING UP ended up being an record that featured mainly spirit, jazz, and R&B compositions, in addition to several monitors that handled Headon’s vices (“Surely got to Keep on Heading,” “YET ANOTHER Strike,” etc.). The record didn’t gain the eye from the Clash’s pursuing, as Headon was delivered to prison a year afterwards for drug-related offenses. Furthermore to documenting using the Clash, Headon helped generate the obscure NEW YORK new wave clothing the Bush Tetras in the first ’80s (the produces Better Later Than Never, Increase in the night time, and Tetrafied), in addition to playing drums for the 1981 Mick Jones-produced single discharge by ex-Mott the Hoople head Ian Hunter, Brief Back and Edges. Although little continues to be heard or noticed of Headon since his Clash times, he was thoroughly interviewed together with his various other previous bandmates for the outstanding Clash bio-movie, Westway towards the Globe, in the past due ’90s.

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Full Name Topper Headon
Profession Actor, Drummer, Songwriter, Percussionist
Nationality English, British
Music Groups The Clash, The Moors Murderers
Albums Waking Up, Combat Rock, Sandinista!, London Calling, Give 'Em Enough Rope
Movies Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

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1 Around the time of the album "Combat Rock" in 1982, Joe Strummer expelled him from the Clash due to his drug use. Thereafter, the band used original Clash drummer Terry Chimes (A.K.A. Tory Crimes).
2 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Clash) on 10 March 2003.
3 Drummer for the Clash.



20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
We Own the Night 2007 writer: "The Magnificent Seven"
SingStar Pop 2007 Video Game writer: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary writer: "Rock the Casbah", "1977", "The Call Up", "Magnificent Seven", "Rock The Casbah", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Rock Band 2007 Video Game writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
The History Boys 2006 writer: "Mustapha Dance"
Stranger Than Fiction 2006 writer: "Death or Glory" 1979
You, Me and Dupree 2006 writer: "Train in Vain Stand by Me"
Over the Hedge 2006 writer: "Lost in the Supermarket"
Mini-Cleaners 2005 Short writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
American Dad! 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bang Bang Orangutang 2005 writer: "Straight to Hell", "Train in Vain Stand by Me", "London Calling"
Entourage 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lords of Dogtown 2005 writer: "Death or Glory"
Let's Rock Again! 2004 Documentary writer: "1977", "London's Burning" - as Headon
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Waking the Dead 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
School of Rock 2003 "Stay Free"
Janis et John 2003 writer: "Janie Jones"
What a Girl Wants 2003 writer: "London Calling"
Callas Forever 2002 writer: "Complete Control" - as T. Headon
24 Hour Party People 2002 writer: "Janie Jones"
The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 writer: "Rock The Casbah"
Me Without You 2001 writer: "White Riot" 1977, "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" 1979 - as Headon
Someone Like You... 2001 writer: "Train in Vain"
Intimacy 2001 "London Calling" 1979
Complicity 2000 writer: "Straight to Hell"
Billy Elliot 2000 writer: "London Calling"
Kevin & Perry Go Large 2000 writer: "Straight To Hell" - as Heason
Brokedown Palace 1999 writer: "Rock the Casbah"
Rogue Trader 1999 writer: "Rock the Casbah"
Bravo Two Zero 1999 TV Movie writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "Rock the Casbah"
The Simpsons 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu 1993-1998 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
She's Having a Baby 1988 performer: "DRUMMIN' MAN"
The Clash: Rock the Casbah 1982 Video short writer: "Rock The Casbah"
Stranger Things 2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Ochéntame... otra vez 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Patriot 2015/II TV Series writer: "London Calling" - uncredited
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Len and Company 2015 writer: "Stay Free"
Battlefield Hardline 2015 Video Game writer: "This Is Radio Clash" - as Nicholas Bowden Headon
Night at the Museum 3 2014 writer: "London Calling"
One Direction: The Inside Story 2014 Documentary writer: "Live While We're Young"
Kill the Messenger 2014 writer: "Know Your Rights"
Top Gear 2011-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
EastEnders 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock the Casbah 2013 writer: "Rock the Casbah"
This Is the End 2013 writer: "Paper Planes"
A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise 2012 writer: "Rock El Casbah" - as T. Headon
People Like Us 2012 writer: "Spanish Bombs"
The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 writer: "London Calling"
Wanderlust 2012 writer: "Groovy Times"
Casal Rock 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get Him to the Greek 2010 writer: "London Calling"
Iron Man 2 2010 writer: "The Magnificent Seven"
Grey's Anatomy 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chuck 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
(500) Days of Summer 2009 writer: "Train in Vain Stand By Me"
It Might Get Loud 2008 Documentary writer: "Koka Kola"
RocknRolla 2008 as Headon, "Bankrobber"
Slumdog Millionaire 2008 writer: "Paper Planes", "Paper Planes DFA Remix"
Hancock 2008 writer: "Paper Planes"



Rude Boy 1980 Drummer



Dun Punkin: Ep.1 - 'Boys Will Be Boys' 2013 Short Himself
Rock'n'roll... Of Corse! 2010 Documentary Himself
The Clash: Revolution Rock 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Clash: Tory Crimes and Other Tales 2008 Video Himself (as The Clash)
The Clash: Music in Review 2007 Video documentary Himself (as The Clash)
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary Himself
Clash: Up Close and Personal 2006 Video documentary Himself (as The Clash)
The Clash: The Clash's London Calling 2006 Video Himself (as The Clash)
Viva Joe Strummer: The Clash and Beyond 2005 Video documentary Himself
London Calling: 25th Anniversary Edition 2004 Video documentary Himself (as The Clash)
The Essential Clash 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Clash: Westway to the World 2000 Video documentary Topper Headon (Drummer)
The Clash: Rock the Casbah 1982 Video short Himself
D.O.A. 1980 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
Punk and Its Aftershocks 1980 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
So It Goes 1977 TV Series Himself
Punk in London 1977 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)

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Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Rise and Fall of The Clash 2012 Documentary Himself

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