The Clash’s ‘Combat Rock’ Turns 30Posted by Timothy Grisham
On this day (May 14) in 1982 The Clash released their swansong album, Combat Rock.
The record would be the last album of new material to feature the traditional core of Strummer, Jones and Simonon. The record, ironically, would also be the album that broke the band into the US mainstream with the popular singles, “Rock The Casbah” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”.
Combat Rock spent 61 weeks on the “Billboard” charts, peaking at #7, eventually being certified double platinum.
For some, this album is regarded as the “sell out” album for the former-punk group; and to others the album was a gateway into discovering punk and other underground music movements.
Thirty years on, the album still sounds as fresh as the day it was released.