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FactAround 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).

Topper Headon is a drummer best known for his work with The Clash. He was born in London, England on May 30, 1955. His father was a jazz musician and his mother was a singer. Headon began playing drums at the age of eight. He was a member of several bands in his teens, including the 101ers and the London SS.

He joined The Clash in 1977 and appeared on their debut album, The Clash (1977). He also played on the band’s second album, Give ‘Em Enough rope (1978) before leaving the group in 1982. Headon has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Clash. He has also been nominated for Grammy Awards.

As a solo artist, Headon has released two albums, Waking Up (1984) and Drumming Is My Madness (1986). His net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

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Full NameTopper Headon
ProfessionActor, Drummer, Songwriter, Percussionist


Music GroupsThe Clash, The Moors Murderers
MoviesJoe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

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1Around 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).
2Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Clash) on 10 March 2003.
3Drummer for the Clash.



20 to 12008TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
We Own the Night2007writer: "The Magnificent Seven"
SingStar Pop2007Video Game writer: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten2007Documentary writer: "Rock the Casbah", "1977", "The Call Up", "Magnificent Seven", "Rock The Casbah", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Rock Band2007Video Game writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
The History Boys2006writer: "Mustapha Dance"
Stranger Than Fiction2006writer: "Death or Glory" 1979
You, Me and Dupree2006writer: "Train in Vain Stand by Me"
Over the Hedge2006writer: "Lost in the Supermarket"
Mini-Cleaners2005Short writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
American Dad!2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bang Bang Orangutang2005writer: "Straight to Hell", "Train in Vain Stand by Me", "London Calling"
Entourage2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lords of Dogtown2005writer: "Death or Glory"
Let's Rock Again!2004Documentary writer: "1977", "London's Burning" - as Headon
New Zealand Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Waking the Dead2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
School of Rock2003"Stay Free"
Janis et John2003writer: "Janie Jones"
What a Girl Wants2003writer: "London Calling"
Callas Forever2002writer: "Complete Control" - as T. Headon
24 Hour Party People2002writer: "Janie Jones"
The Royal Tenenbaums2001writer: "Rock The Casbah"
Me Without You2001writer: "White Riot" 1977, "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" 1979 - as Headon
Someone Like You...2001writer: "Train in Vain"
Intimacy2001"London Calling" 1979
Complicity2000writer: "Straight to Hell"
Billy Elliot2000writer: "London Calling"
Kevin & Perry Go Large2000writer: "Straight To Hell" - as Heason
Brokedown Palace1999writer: "Rock the Casbah"
Rogue Trader1999writer: "Rock the Casbah"
Bravo Two Zero1999TV Movie writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "Rock the Casbah"
The Simpsons1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu1993-1998TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Mystery Science Theater 30001997TV Series writer - 1 episode
She's Having a Baby1988performer: "DRUMMIN' MAN"
The Clash: Rock the Casbah1982Video short writer: "Rock The Casbah"
Stranger Things2016TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Ochéntame... otra vez2016TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Patriot2015/IITV Series writer: "London Calling" - uncredited
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Len and Company2015writer: "Stay Free"
Battlefield Hardline2015Video Game writer: "This Is Radio Clash" - as Nicholas Bowden Headon
Night at the Museum 32014writer: "London Calling"
One Direction: The Inside Story2014Documentary writer: "Live While We're Young"
Kill the Messenger2014writer: "Know Your Rights"
Top Gear2011-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
EastEnders2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock the Casbah2013writer: "Rock the Casbah"
This Is the End2013writer: "Paper Planes"
A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise2012writer: "Rock El Casbah" - as T. Headon
People Like Us2012writer: "Spanish Bombs"
The Pirates! Band of Misfits2012writer: "London Calling"
Wanderlust2012writer: "Groovy Times"
Casal Rock2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get Him to the Greek2010writer: "London Calling"
Iron Man 22010writer: "The Magnificent Seven"
Grey's Anatomy2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chuck2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
(500) Days of Summer2009writer: "Train in Vain Stand By Me"
It Might Get Loud2008Documentary writer: "Koka Kola"
RocknRolla2008as Headon, "Bankrobber"
Slumdog Millionaire2008writer: "Paper Planes", "Paper Planes DFA Remix"
Hancock2008writer: "Paper Planes"


Rude Boy1980Drummer


Dun Punkin: Ep.1 - 'Boys Will Be Boys'2013ShortHimself
Rock'n'roll... Of Corse!2010DocumentaryHimself
The Clash: Revolution Rock2008TV MovieHimself
The Clash: Tory Crimes and Other Tales2008VideoHimself (as The Clash)
The Clash: Music in Review2007Video documentaryHimself (as The Clash)
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten2007DocumentaryHimself
Clash: Up Close and Personal2006Video documentaryHimself (as The Clash)
The Clash: The Clash's London Calling2006VideoHimself (as The Clash)
Viva Joe Strummer: The Clash and Beyond2005Video documentaryHimself
London Calling: 25th Anniversary Edition2004Video documentaryHimself (as The Clash)
The Essential Clash2003Video documentaryHimself
The Clash: Westway to the World2000Video documentaryTopper Headon (Drummer)
The Clash: Rock the Casbah1982Video shortHimself
D.O.A.1980DocumentaryHimself (as The Clash)
Punk and Its Aftershocks1980DocumentaryHimself (as The Clash)
So It Goes1977TV SeriesHimself
Punk in London1977DocumentaryHimself (as The Clash)

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Pop Gold2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Rise and Fall of The Clash2012DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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