January 30, 1979 The Clash went to North America in its first overseas tour called «Pearl Harbour». The tour, which involved a veteran rhythm-blues-end Bo Didli, the idol of youth group members, were held with great success on the West Coast, Midwest and in New York.
In May, began rehearsing and recording a new album. Without the constant lectures dismissed last fall, manager of Rhodes atmosphere at rehearsals became more calm, with a free creation. Each member group has made a great contribution to the writing of songs. Bass player Paul Simonon wrote his first song «The Guns Of Brixton», drummer Topper Hidon able to build a rhythmic figure in any style, for the first time, was fully involved in the creation of many songs. Produced recording The Clash, to the dissatisfaction with the label, invited Guy Stevens, giving that second chance after his failure with demo recordings the group in 1976. Anarchist methods Stevens managed to grab the electric atmosphere of the rehearsals, have borne fruit.
After three months of work on the album, it was decided to take a break. September 4, The Clash went into the second American tour, called «Take The Fifth». Musicians once again invited to open concerts BAUX Didli, as well as other bluesmen (Skrimin Jay Hawkins and others). Label group was slightly interested in the promotion of staff and funding the tour, why was a constant shortage of money. The situation was exacerbated by the reluctance of the group to charge visitors to concerts more than three dollars per ticket, with the musicians themselves preferred to live in a high-class hotels. CBS Records in the end to pay all costs, spisyvaya entire loss of the duty team. In the U.S., The Clash had expected an even greater success than the previous visit. Apart from the large mega-cities (Chicago, Dallas, New York, etc.), ensemble, enthusiastic Wild West mythology, an unscheduled stop in the small provincial towns of Texas, which gave concerts in the unaccustomed to such music audience. In late October, The Clash returned to London, where continued to work in the studio.
The third album of The Clash, named for the title song, «London Calling» released 14 December 1979 and took 9 th place. «London Calling» contains 19 songs and was released on two plates sold at the insistence of the group at the price of one (because of what The Clash entered in even greater debt to the label). «London Calling» is considered a masterpiece of The Clash, and many critics and even one of the best albums in the history of rock music.. "The ensemble has shown that the ability to play not just a simple rock, and blues, and ska, and funk - the influence of black music the entire album, which, in a manner quite different from the previous two albums the group performed in rectilinear genre of punk rock. «London Calling» has received the unanimous acceptance of criticism of the time. Title single from the album as well was the most commercially successful in the biography of the group - he took 11th place and it was withdrawn by the first video clip, The Clash. On the reverse side of the single was a cover version posted reggae «Armagideon Time».