The Clash – Combat Rock + The People’s Hall (Remastered) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:41:17 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: New Wave, Punk Rock, Post-Punk
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Originally released in May 1982, Combat Rock is the final album from The Clash of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon. Featuring two of the bands most well-known songs, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ and ‘Rock The Casbah’. Now re-released as a double remaster-edition, with an additional 12-tracks compiled by The Clash.
Having returned to London following their pivotal 17-show residency at New Yorks Bond’s Casino in 1981, the band rehearsed and recorded at The Peoples Hall in the squatted Republic of Frestonia near Latimer Road in London and from there they embarked on a tour of the East and South East Asia, during which the album sleeve image was captured by Pennie Smith in Thailand.
The tracks on The People’s Hall chart the period from what was their last single Radio Clash right up to the release of Combat Rock, including unheard, rare and early versions of tracks.
The album highlights a new version of ‘Know Your Rights’ which was recorded at The People’s Hall on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, and the previously unreleased instrumental ‘He Who Dares Or Is Tired’. Other notable tracks include ‘Futura 2000’, an unreleased original mix of ‘The Escapades of Futura 2000’, Mikey Dread’s ‘Radio One’, and the outtakes ‘The Fulham Connection’, previously known as ‘The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too’ as well as ‘Idle in Kangaroo Court’.
‘Combat Rock’ is indicative of The Clash’s constant evolution and was influenced in part by the relatively recent end of the Vietnam War, particularly on ‘Sean Flynn’, inspired by the disappearance of the photojournalist and film star’s son. The band’s curiosity and range is illustrated by the many styles and voices here, notably poet Allen Ginsberg’s apocalyptic spoken word on ‘Ghetto Defendant’ and graffiti artist Futura’s rap on ‘Overpowered By Funk’.
The Clash’s influence on punk, post-punk and indie rock is well documented and ‘Combat Rock’ specifically continues to inspire waves of rediscovery from new audiences, most notably with the use of ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ as a prominent plot device in the first season of the Netflix smash ‘Stranger Things’. Meanwhile, ‘Straight To Hell’ remains instantly recognizable having been used in ‘Paper Planes’ by M.I.A.
1-01. The Clash – Know Your Rights (Remastered) (03:39)
1-02. The Clash – Car Jamming (Remastered) (03:59)
1-03. The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go (Remastered) (03:09)
1-04. The Clash – Rock the Casbah (Remastered) (03:42)
1-05. The Clash – Red Angel Dragnet (Remastered) (03:44)
1-06. The Clash – Straight to Hell (Remastered) (05:30)
1-07. The Clash – Overpowered by Funk (Remastered) (04:52)
1-08. The Clash – Atom Tan (Remastered) (02:30)
1-09. The Clash – Sean Flynn (Remastered) (04:31)
1-10. The Clash – Ghetto Defendant (Remastered) (04:43)
1-11. The Clash – Inoculated City (Remastered) (02:41)
1-12. The Clash – Death is a Star (Remastered) (03:14)
2-01. The Clash – Outside Bonds (04:21)
2-02. The Clash – This is Radio Clash (Different Lyrics) (04:10)
2-03. The Clash – Futura 2000 (05:54)
2-04. The Clash – First Night Back in London (02:11)
2-05. The Clash – Radio One (06:17)
2-06. The Clash – He Who Dares or Is Tired (02:53)
2-07. The Clash – Long Time Jerk (05:09)
2-08. The Clash – The Fulham Connection (Outtake) (03:44)
2-09. The Clash – Midnight to Stevens (Outtake) (04:36)
2-10. The Clash – Sean Flynn (Extended ‘Marcus Music’ Version) (07:22)
2-11. The Clash – Idle in Kangaroo Court (05:04)
2-12. The Clash – Know Your Rights (03:22)