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Terry Chimes

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Terry Chimes

Terry Chimes
Background information
Born 25 January 1955 (1955-01-25) (age 66)
Stepney, London, England
Origin Stepney, London, England
Genres Punk rock, Heavy metal music, Glam punk, Rock and roll
Occupations Musician, Drummer, Chiropractor
Instruments Drum kit, percussion instrument
Years active 1976 – present
Associated acts The Clash, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Cowboys International, Generation X (band), Hanoi Rocks, The Cherry Bombz, Black Sabbath

Terry Chimes (born 25 January 1955, Stepney, London[1]) was 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 briefly toured with Black Sabbath from November 1987 to December 1987, and again in May 1988.

Since 1994, he has practised as a chiropractor in Essex at his clinic; Chimes Chiropractic. He also runs chiropractic seminars, with the accompanying website 'chiropractic heaven'.

The Clash

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

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

In 1982, Headon was forced out of the band and Chimes was asked to rejoin for a U.S. tour supporting The Who and the following UK tour. He also was in the music video for the single (music), "Rock the Casbah".

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, Generation X (band) 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. He also played with Hanoi Rocks for the Razzle tribute show in 1985 that was recorded for YLE Teema finland


In 2003, he was inducted into in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Clash. He served as the band's spokesman on stage at the induction ceremony, giving an acceptance speech where he praised Topper Headon's work. According to Clash tour manager Johnny Green, Chimes' award "mysteriously broke" on the band's flight back to the United Kingdom. However, he was not included as an inducted member when Black Sabbath was enshrined in 2006.

A May 2008 profile in the Daily Mail newspaper detailed how Chimes, a Teetotaler vegetarian, having been cured of serious arm pain on his first show in 1985 with Black Sabbath by the band's personal chiropractor, eventually turned to that occupation himself. [2]

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]



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