Terry Chimes

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.

Terry Chimes
Birth nameTerence Chimes
Also known asTory Crimes
Born (1956-07-05) 5 July 1956
Stepney, London, England
GenresPunk rock, heavy metal, glam punk, rock and roll
Occupation(s)Musician, drummer, chiropractor
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1975–present
Associated actsThe 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
WebsiteOfficial website


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.

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.

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 US 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.

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.

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.

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.


  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 24 January 2016.
  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.


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