Combat Rock

The Clash - Combat Rock
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1982 Ratings: #54 / 155
User Score
Based on 283 ratings
1982 Ratings: #132
Liked by 13 people
May 14, 1982 / Release Date
LP / Format
CBS, Epic / Label
New Wave, Punk Rock / Genres / Website
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You'd think that an album with "Rock The Casbah", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", and "Straight To Hell" would be great, but they somehow made an album with 3 top-ten Clash songs into a mediocre and forgettable album.


The Clash need to be given far more credit than they are for the musicians that they were. This album although very very differnt to London Calling is spectacular in so many ways. Also potentially the coolest opening to an LP ever.

Essential track - Rock the Casbah


The last album before one of the worst albums of all time.


Politically charged yet completely groove oriented punk rock. Fusing elements of disco, funk, and punk with that quintessential British guitar tone and crass wit. The album is a bit mystical in that we see a stark contrast against the smooth sounds impressive bass lines with lead vocals sounding like a flag in the wind swaying freely creating an amazing amount of sonic space in between.


The FUSER chronicles begin.

A (written while listening) track by track review of Combat Rock:

Opening Thoughts:
Rock the Casbah is great in FUSER, and although I don't own Should I Stay or Should I Go, I do think it's a little overplayed.

Know Your Rights:
Not what I was expecting from the songs I have heard from them. It took a bit for the song to hit for me, mainly due to the more new wave production being unexpected. Not a groundbreaking start, however it was a decent song.

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Shout out to Travis from Red Angel Dragnet. Pretty sure I saw him in a pub once.

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Track List

  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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Added on: December 28, 2012