On January 25, 1977, The Clash signed with CBS Records. Sniffin' Glue fanzine writer Mark Perry famously declared, “Punk died the day The Clash signed to CBS.” The band was originally planning to sign with Polydor when CBS swooped in with a much better offer, a then outrageous 100,000 pounds. According to Strummer, the big advance wasn't a sign of the punk band selling out, but a credit to sharp manager Bernie Rhodes."We were completely in the dark. We let Bernie handle everything. We were really the people we were supposed to be. What did we know about record companies and contracts?"