Clash, The - Combat Rock + People's Hall [3LP] (180 Gram, Special Edition)
This Is a Public Service Announcement.... with Guitars!
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, a newly expanded version of Combat Rock by The Clash! Originally released in 1982, Combat Rock is the Clash's best-selling album - the final featuring the 'classic' line up of Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Topper Headon and Paul Simonon - and features two of the band's most well-known songs, "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and "Rock The Casbah". The new edition includes an additional 12 tracks curated by the band - charting the band's story from the final performance of the Bond's Casino residency via their People's Hall rehearsals in West London to the release of the album. It includes previously unheard, rare and early versions of tracks which act as a bridge and prelude to Combat Rock.
Having returned to London following their pivotal 17-show residency at New York's Bond's Casino in 1981, the band rehearsed and recorded at The People's 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.
The additional disc 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.
'Combat Rock' is as wrapped up with world events of the day as it is spectacularly still relevant.
- 40th Anniversary Special Edition
- 180g Vinyl
- Combat Rock LP Remastered by Tim Young & The Clash at Metropolis
- The People's Hall 2LP - 12 Additional Tracks Compiled by The Clash (3 Sides of Music, Side D Intentionally Left Blank)
- Previously Unheard, Rare & Early Versions of Tracks
- Rare Pennie Smith Images
- History of Frestonia Essay by Tom Vague
- Wide-Spine Single Pocket Jacket with OBI Strip
- Know Your Rights
- Car Jamming
- Should I Stay or Should I Go
- Rock The Casbah
- Red Angel Dragnet
- Straight To Hell
- Overpowered by Funk
- Atom Tan
- Sean Flynn
- Ghetto Defendant
- Inoculated City
- Death Is A Star
The People's Hall
- Outside Bonds
- Radio Clash
- Futura 2000
- First Night Back In London
- Radio One - Mikey Dread
- He Who Dares Or Is Tired
- Long Time Jerk
- The Fulham Connection
- Midnight To Stevens
- Sean Flynn
- Idle In Kangaroo Court
- Know Your Rights