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Friday, 16 May 2014

Rewind: 14th May 1982 - The Clash Release Combat Rock

Entered the album charts in the UK at #2 and spent 23 weeks on the chart.

In the USA the album peaked at #7 and spent 61 weeks on the chart! It became the group's biggest selling album. 

It was the last great album by The Clash (oh yes, there would be that album 'Cut the Crap', but to many that doesn't count - even the remaining members didn't touch it when they put together 'Sound System'!).

Click on the links to enjoy the music.

The Singles

The album was originally scheduled to be a double album with the working title 'Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg' but this idea was scrapped after some internal strife within the band. Mick Jones had mixed the first version but the rest of the band were disatisfied with the results and therefore Glyn Johns was brought in to rescue the whole product and reduced the album to a single disc. The Mick Jones mixes later turned up as a bootleg, some which have 19 tracks or others have 17 (eliminating 'Once You Know' and 'Overpowered By Funk').

  1. "The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too" – 3:45
  2. "Kill Time" – 4:58
  3. "Should I Stay or Should I Go" – 3:05
  4. "Rock the Casbah" – 3:47
  5. "Know Your Rights" (extended version) – 5:04
  6. "Red Angel Dragnet" – 6:12
  7. "Ghetto Defendant" – 6:17
  8. "Sean Flynn" – 7:30
  9. "Car Jamming" – 3:53
  10. "Inoculated City" – 4:32
  11. "Death Is a Star" – 2:39
  12. "Walk Evil Talk" – 7:37
  13. "Atom Tan" (Instrumental) – 2:45
  14. "Once You Know" (Tymon Dogg - this version is a shorter one that Tymon posted)) – 5:38
  15. "Overpowered by Funk" (demo) – 1:59
  16. "Inoculated City" (unedited version) – 2:30
  17. "First Night Back in London" – 2:56
  18. "Cool Confusion" (Instrumental) – 3:10
  19. "Straight to Hell" (extended version) – 6:56


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