Terry Chimes

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Terry Chimes
Birth nameTerence Chimes
Also known asTory Crimes
Born (1956-07-05) 5 July 1956 (age 62)
Stepney, London, England
Genres Punk rock, heavy metal, glam punk, rock and roll
Occupation(s)Musician, drummer, chiropractor
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1975–present
Associated acts The Clash, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Cowboys International, Gen X, The London Cowboys, Hanoi Rocks, The Cherry Bombz, Black Sabbath, Billy Idol, London SS, The Crunch, Anita Chellemah Band
Website Official website

Terence "Terry" Chimes (born 5 July 1956, Stepney, London, England) [1] is an English musician, best known as the original drummer of punk rock group The Clash. He originally played with them from July 1976 to November 1976, January 1977 to April 1977, and again from May 1982 to February 1983. He later drummed for Hanoi Rocks in 1985, before the band broke up that same year. He briefly toured with Black Sabbath from July 1987 through December 1987, and in a one-off gig in May 1988. He also appeared as their drummer in Black Sabbath's music video for their single "The Shining" from their 1987 album The Eternal Idol .

Stepney district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Stepney is a district in London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets that grew out of a medieval village around St Dunstan's church and the 15th-century ribbon development of Mile End Road called Stepney Green. The area built up rapidly in the 19th century, mainly to accommodate immigrant workers and displaced London poor, and developed a reputation for poverty, overcrowding, violence and political dissent. It was severely damaged during the Blitz, with over a third of housing totally destroyed; and then, in the 1960s, slum clearance and development replaced most residential streets with tower blocks and modern housing estates. Some Georgian architecture and Victorian era terraced housing survive in patches: for example Arbour Square, the eastern side of Stepney Green, and the streets around Matlock Street.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.

The Clash British punk rock band

The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. They have also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that emerged in the wake of punk and employed elements of a variety of genres including reggae, dub, funk, ska and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and lead vocalist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Nicky "Topper" Headon. Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones' departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.



The Clash

Terry Chimes was a member of the proto-punk band London SS, which also featured Mick Jones and Paul Simonon who, with Chimes, would team up with Joe Strummer and Keith Levene to form The Clash.

Proto-punk is the rock music played by garage bands from the 1960s to mid-1970s that presaged the punk rock movement. The phrase is a retrospective label; the musicians involved were generally not originally associated with each other, and came from a variety of backgrounds and styles, but together they anticipated many of punk's musical and thematic attributes.

The London SS is a British punk rock group founded in March 1975 by drummer Geir Wade, bassist John Brown, guitarist Mick Jones, and guitarist Eunan Brady. In 2012 Brady put together a new lineup, featuring himself along with Jimi McDonald, Taj Sagoo, Michael Kane, and Andi Emm.

Paul Simonon English musician (Bass guitarist, vocalist, songwriter) and visual artist

Paul Gustave Simonon is an English musician and artist best known as the bassist for The Clash. More recent work includes his involvement in the supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen and playing on the Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach in 2010, which along with Albarn saw him reunite with Mick Jones.

Both Chimes and Levene subsequently left, but Chimes was brought back to record the band's self-titled debut album, The Clash . On the album sleeve, he was credited as Tory Crimes. After recording the album, Chimes left the band once again and was replaced by Topper Headon.

<i>The Clash</i> (album) 1977 studio album by The Clash

The Clash is the debut studio album by English punk rock band the Clash. It was released on 8 April 1977 through CBS Records. It is widely celebrated as one of the greatest punk albums of all time.

Topper Headon British drummer, percussionist, songwriter

Nicholas Bowen "Topper" Headon, known as "Topper" because of his resemblance to Mickey the Monkey from the Topper comic, is an English drummer, best known as the drummer of the punk rock band The Clash.

In 1982, Headon was forced out of the band for his drug addiction, and Chimes was asked to rejoin. He participated in The Casbah Club tours for both the USA and the UK, a brief tour supporting The Who, and the following Combat Rock tour back in the USA. He was also featured in the music video for the single, "Rock the Casbah." After the Jamaican World Music Festival of 1982, he left for the third and final time.

The Who English rock band

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

<i>Combat Rock</i> 1982 studio album by The Clash

Combat Rock is the fifth studio album by the English rock band The Clash. It was released on 14 May 1982 through CBS Records. In the United Kingdom, the album charted at number 2, spending 23 weeks in the UK charts and peaked at number 7 in the United States, spending 61 weeks on the chart.

Rock the Casbah single by The Clash

"Rock the Casbah" is a song by the English punk rock band The Clash, released in 1982. The song was released as the third single from their fifth album, Combat Rock. It reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US and, along with the track "Mustapha Dance", it also reached number eight on the dance chart.

Other bands

After leaving The Clash, Chimes drummed in bands including Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers briefly in 1977 and 1984, Cowboys International in 1979, Gen X from 1980 to 1981, Hanoi Rocks in 1985, The Cherry Bombz in 1986 (with ex Hanoi Rocks members Andy McCoy and Nasty Suicide and ex Sham 69/Wanderers/The Lords of the New Church Dave Tregunna) and Black Sabbath on their Eternal Idol Tour in 1987–88. [2] He also played drums with Billy Idol for a period of time.

Cowboys International were a new wave and synthpop band formed by vocalist and songwriter Ken Lockie that put out one album in 1979, the influential The Original Sin, and a handful of 45s before dissolving in 1980.

Generation X (band) English punk rock band

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Hanoi Rocks Finnish rock band

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Later years

In 2003, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Clash. At the induction ceremony, he gave an acceptance speech praising Topper Headon's work.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Hall of fame located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Atlantic Records founder and chairman Ahmet Ertegun. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame's permanent home.

He was nominated as a Scouting in London Ambassador for the Scout Association Region for Greater London at an Adult Appreciation ceremony in 2008. [3]

Chimes has been linked to an Irish film called "Ringsend". The film is also set to star Martin Kemp. [4]

He currently plays drums for The Crunch [5] and the Anita Chellemah Band.

Personal life

Chimes is a practising Catholic. [6] Since 1994, he has worked as a chiropractor in Essex at his clinic, Chimes Chiropractic. He also runs chiropractic seminars.

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  1. Du Noyer, Paul (18 September 1997). The Clash. Modern Icons. London: Virgin. p. 93. ISBN   1-85227-715-7. OCLC   58830766.
  2. blacksabbath.com – Band member page for Terry Chimes Archived 10 October 2004 at the Wayback Machine includes a photo of Chimes in a Black Sabbath video; he did not appear on any Sabbath recordings. In 2013 he joined THE CRUNCH with Sulo Karlsson (Diamond Dogs), Terry Chimes (Clash), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69) and Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects).
  3. Archived 8 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Legal News | The Irish Film & Television Network". Iftn.ie. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  5. "TERRY CHIMES – The Crunch, ex- The Clash, Hanoi Rocks, Black Sabbath and more." 13 June 2015.
  6. Teahan, Madeleine (28 January 2014). "Punk rocker describes his return to Catholicism". Catholic Herald.