The Clash - Combat Rock (Music CD)
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It's not easy being the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band (a tag the
Clash inherited from the Rolling Stones, who had traded their emotional
commitment for tax exile). What you do after changing the world with your first
few releases? The previous SANDINISTA was the Clash's WHITE ALBUM, exploring
just about every musical style they could think of over the course of three
LP's. COMBAT ROCK, then, could be their LET IT BE, an attempt to focus on
visceral, accessible material, kidney-punching instead of bobbing and weaving.
There's an increased focus on funk here, as on the unlikely hit "Rockthe Casbah" and "Overpowered by Funk". Naturally, there's also a pronounced political element to the lyrics (the anti-authoritarian rant of "Know Your Rights", the post-Vietnam morality play of the moving "Straight to Hell".) Despite the renewed sense of focus, though, there's still a high degree of artistic ambition revealed in both the polysyllabic lyrics and the textured, overdub-heavy arrangements.
1. Inoculated City
2. Know Your Rights
3. Car Jamming
4. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
5. Rock The Casbah
6. Red Angel Dragnet
7. Straight To Hell
8. Overpowered By Funk
9. Atom Tan
10. Sean Flynn
11. Ghetto Defendant
12. Death Is A Star