Combat Rock

Combat Rock

by The ClashThe Clash


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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 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. [In 2000 Columbia/Legacy reissued and remastered Combat Rock.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646389621
catalogNumber: 63896
Rank: 12656

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist
Allen Ginsberg   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Ely   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Strummer   Guitar,Vocals
Ellen Foley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Barnacle   Saxophone
Tymon Dogg   Piano,Vocals
Mick Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Poly Mandell   Keyboards
Paul Simonon   Bass

Technical Credits

Clash   Composer
Joe Strummer   Composer
Joe Blaney   Engineer
Topper Headon   Contributor
Mick Jones   Composer
Pennie Smith   Sleeve Photo
Jerry Green   Engineer

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