The Clash - Combat Rock


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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 the album is, as it has often been claimed, the Clash's sell-out 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. 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 — the Clash illustrate why they're able to reach a larger audience than ever before with the record.

1. Know Your Rights
2. Car Jamming
3. Should I Stay or Should I Go?
4. Rock the Casbah
5. Red Angel Dragnet
6. Straight To Hell
7. Overpowered by Funk
8. Atom Tan
9. Sean Flynn
10. Ghetto Defendant
11. Inoculated City
12. Death Is A Star

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