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21
May

The Clash – Combat Rock (1982) – Lp

The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, dub, funk, ska and rockabilly. For most of their recording career the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, lead vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky “Topper” Headon (drums, percussion). The group disbanded in early 1986.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  The Clash
Title:  Combat Rock
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog# CBS 85570

Combat Rock is the fifth studio album by the English rock band The Clash. It was released on 14 May 1982 through CBS Records.  It contained two of The Clash’s most popular songs, the singles “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go“. Combat Rock was the last Clash album featuring the classic lineup before Topper Headon and Mick Jones were fired from the band.

On the surface of things, Combat Rock appears to be a retreat from the sprawling stylistic explorations of London Calling and Sandinista! The pounding arena rock of “Should I Stay or Should I Go” makes the Clash sound like an arena rock band, and much of the album boasts a muscular, heavy sound courtesy of producer Glyn Johns. But things aren’t quite that simple. Combat Rock contains heavy flirtations with rap, funk, and reggae, and it even has a cameo by poet Allen Ginsberg — if this album is, as it has often been claimed, the Clash‘s sellout effort, it’s a very strange way to sell out. Even with the infectious, dance-inflected new wave pop of “Rock the Casbah” leading the way, there aren’t many overt attempts at crossover success, mainly because the group is tearing in two separate directions. Mick Jones wants the Clash to inherit the Who‘s righteous arena rock stance, and Joe Strummer wants to forge ahead into black music. The result is an album that is nearly as inconsistent as Sandinista!, even though its finest moments — “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” “Rock the Casbah,” “Straight to Hell” — illustrate why the Clash were able to reach a larger audience than ever before with the record.

 

Side one
1.  Know Your Rights  (3:40)
2.  Car Jamming  (3:58)
3.  Should I Stay Or Should I Go  (3:06)
4.  Rock The Casbah  (3:42)
5.  Red Angel Dragnet  (3:46)
6.  Straight To Hell  (5:26)

Side two
1.  Overpowered By Funk  (feat. Futura 2000)  (4:52)
2.  Atom Tan  (2:27)
3.  Sean Flynn  (4:30)
4.  Ghetto Defendant  (4:43)
5.  Inoculated City  (2:40)
6.  Death Is A Star  (3:08)

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