Clutch is a hard rock/heavy metal band from The Beltway area of the eastern United States. Known of their blending of styles between heavy metal, blues, and punk (among others), and their out-there lyrics, Clutch has developed a strong cult following in North America.

Originally dismissed as Helmet wannabes, Clutch developed a unique, distinctive sound over the years. Among the noticeable changes is lead singer Neil Fallon's vocal development from guttural growler to a more nuanced, bluesy sound.

Clutch has never broken through big-time in the mainstream, although many of their songs have managed to become [[EarWorm Earworms]]. Their songs have appeared in the following media:

* ''Escape From The Prison Planet'' was the credits song in ''Film/EscapeFromLA''.
* ''Mob Goes Wild'' appeared in an episode of Jackass (Bam Miguera additionally directed the music video)
* ''10001110101'' was in ''{{VideoGame/Prey}}''
* ''Electric Worry'' was used for the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' commercials.
* ''Cypress Grove'' was used in an episode of ''Ace of Cakes'' (Fallon's sister is a cake maker on the and the band appeared in the episode where they were made a cake that looked like their signature orange amp).
* ''The Regulator'' was used in an episode of ''Series/TheWalkingDead''.
* ''Immortal'' appears ''{{VideoGame/Hitman}} Contracts''
* The band themselves put ''Mob Goes Wild'' and ''50,000 Unstoppable Watts'' on the ''VideoGame/RockBand'' platform though Rock Band Network.
* Plus many other video games, NFL broadcasts and various radio shows have used snippets of their songs for bumpers. They may be one of the most heard groups that no one knows the name of.
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!!Clutch provides examples of the following tropes:

* AudienceParticipationSong: Several, but ''10001110101'' and ''Mob Goes Wild'' especially.
* BadassBeard: Neil Fallon, most of the time.
* BadassBoast:
** ''Subtle Hustle''
--->I got your number!
--->I'll steal your thunder!
--->I got your mother's maiden name tattooed on my arm!
* BlackSheepHit: [[PissTakeRap Careful With That Mic]]
* CanonDiscontinuity: Most of their first album and EP, though fan favorites ''El Jefe Speaks,'' ''Rats,'' and especially ''A Shogun Named Marcus'' will slip into their live sets.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Parodied on the ''[[PissTakeRap rap]] [[RapMetal metal]]'' song (for real, Neil has surprisingly good hip hop flow) ''Careful With That Mic''.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Most explicitly, ''Escape From the Prison Planet'' and ''Animal Farm'' (see below). Other references include Bob Lazaar, DavidIcke (''Oregon''), MJ-12, the Skull & Bones society, {{Atlantis}} and TheMenInBlack.
--->Couldn't give a damn bout [[WhoShotJFK JFK!]]
--->Everything is conspiracy!
* CoverVersion: "Electric Worry" is one half cover and one half original.
* EpicRocking: ''Binge and Purge,'' to the point its banned from their live setlist, due to the crowd getting too violent at the apex (ie, best moshing time) of the song.
* GriefSong: ''The Regulator''
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally between 5 and 7 on the scale, although songs like ''Impetus'' or ''Milk of Human Kindness'' jump up to 8 or maybe even 9.
* {{Mondegreen}}: A very common one is from the aforementioned The Regulator. The opening line is NOT "I see Atlanta burning" but "I see a lantern burning." The mistake was even made by the producers of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', who used the song in one episode (what is it with zombie media using Clutch songs?)
** Also, in ''Unto the Breech'', Neil is not waiting on the corner for the guitarist from Deathklok, he's waiting for the Swiss Gaurd.
* MindScrew: Some of their lyrics go beyond bizarre and seem to be attempting to create their own mythos.
** ''Oregon''
--> And so it was that I, a wayward throw back to the Mesozoic, was enslaved as a circus freak to entertain you drunken monkeys. But Fate still had her twisted sense of humor and granted me safe passage to southern Florida, where over the past three hundred years I have been breeding with an unheard of efficiency. Soon my progeny will rise up and say "HAIL DRACO, king of the dragon men!"
* ProtestSong: ''Mob Goes Wild''
* ShoutOut / SongOfSongTitles:
** ''Rising Son'' refers to Captain Beyond and the song ''Dancing Madly Backwards''.
** An inversion is the band Robot Lords of Tokyo, who took their name from a line in their song ''10001110101''. which also makes reference to the "temple of Syrinx", which is a nod to {{Rush}}'s ''2112''.
** ''Cypress Grove'' contains the line "[[RonnieJamesDio Holy Diver]], where you at" in the chorus.
** Subverted in ''50,000 Unstoppable Watts.'' The shout of "Anthrax!" does not refer to the band, but to the actual disease.
** ''Milk of Human Kindness'' has the line "''[[Music/TheBeatles Helter skelter!]]'' ''Run for shelter!''"
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