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English musician Paul Simonon was bass player for the punk rock band The Clash.
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But stardom and the wear and tear of maintaining the band's energy and commitment to its craft took its toll on The Clash. Tensions mounted between Jones and Strummer, leading to the former's departure. Added to the complications was an increasingly rocky relationship with CBS Records. After six albums and many hit singles, The Clash officially broke up in 1986.
But the group's music never really faded into the background. Nine years after the band's final album was released,
one of its singles, "Should I Stay or Should I Go," was re-released in England and shot to the top of the charts, giving The Clash its only number one hit. In 2003, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Following the demise of The Clash, Simonon continued to maintain a heavy involvement in the music scene. He started a new group called Havana 3am, which put out just one album before breaking up. Later, he stepped into the recording studio with Bob Dylan for what became Dylan's album Down in the Groove (1988). He also came on board as the bass player for Jones' post-Clash band, Big Audio Dynamite.
For years, rumors swirled about a possible reunion of The Clash. That speculation came to a tragic end with the death of Strummer in 2002.In 2010, Simonon and Jones started work on a new biopic based on the album London Calling.
The years since The Clash's end have also seen Simonon return to his earlier artistic roots as a painter. His work is regularly exhibited.
Simonon has also remained politically active. In early 2011 he was arrested while working as a cook on board a Greenpeace ship that was part of a contingent protesting an oil rig off the coast of Greenland.
"We stormed the oil rig," Simonon recounted. "They said if you don't get off...we're going to phone the authorities in Greenland and say you've hijacked the oil rig, and the police will come and arrest you. And that's pretty much what happened."
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