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This week we are taking a look at The Clash’s 1982 Release, Combat Rock. It is the fifth Studio Album of The Clash that was Released in May of 1982 on CBS Records. In the UK, the Album charted at #2, spending 23-weeks in the UK Charts. It peaked at #7 in the U.S., spending 61-weeks on the U.S. Charts. (from Wikipedia)
The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)
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The Album starts off with a “Public Service Announcement” that acts as the beginning of Track 1, “Know Your Rights”. Surprisingly even the 8-Track Tape starts out with “Know Your Rights”, though the Track Lists alter after that.
My earliest memories of The Clash was via MTV. I remember Videos for both “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” playing in heavy rotation. I’d heard The Clash before that, too, coming out of the bedroom of one of my best friend’s bedrooms, or out of their garage when his “band” was getting ready to practice. He was a few years older than we were and into “Punk”.
My friends and I were more into New Wave in 1982 and 1983, but there was something about “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” that I loved. I slipped it into a few Mix Tapes I made even.
It would be much later that I would seriously get into The Clash. I’d have a few encounters with their Songs, all from friends, or siblings of friends, who were more into Punk than New Wave. But, I wouldn’t get into them completely until 1987, when I started working at my first Record Store job. A coworker and I would play this Album – LOUD – after we’d closed the store, singing-a-long – LOUD – as we restocked the Music and counted down the drawers.
My co-worker/friend used to have some of the Lyrics of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” as her answering machine message. I remember hearing “Don’t you know which clothes even fit me?” every time I’d call her when she wasn’t home.
My first copy of The Clash’s Combat Rock was on cassette. I listened to it obsessively in my car as the 80’s wound down, and played it in my Sony Walkman when I was on campus at my first college. I remember listening to “Straight to Hell” while sitting in a Math Lab. I’d successfully switched out the Math Lab step-by-step cassette and replaced it with Combat Rock.
My cassette disappeared eventually. It was either “borrowed” and never returned, or lost on one of the impulsive road trips that my friends and I would take, throwing all our cassettes and mix tapes into the car to bring along for the ride. I’d get a copy of Combat Rock on CD next, right around the time I lived in my first apartment. It would echo through that small one-bedroom that I loved so much. I’d get a copy of it on vinyl while living in that apartment, too, bringing it back from a trip to San Francisco.
The latest listen of Combat Rock has come from the 8-Track Tape my boyfriend and I acquired as part of our 8-Track Paradise. The Track listing may be different, but the Sound is just as good, and in some ways even better. 8-Tracks, when restored well, have tremendous sound. And yay! The Tape has no split tracks!
The Clash is definitely one of our Favorites, and they are a Band we are seriously collecting on 8-Track.
What memories do you have of The Clash’s Combat Rock Album? What are some of your Favorite Tracks on Combat Rock? Here are my Top 5 Favorites:
Top 5 Songs from The Clash’s Combat Rock
1. “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”
2. “Straight To Hell”
3. “Rock the Casbah”
4. “Inoculated City”
5. “Death Is a Star”