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The Clash: Combat RockCombat Rock (1982)
Reviewer Rating: 3
The Clash is my favorite band. This is the band that got me into punk rock and will always hold a special place in my heart. I had previously owned every single Clash record except this one, and finally saved up the 7 dollars so I could buy it. I have listened to it many times, but I still don't know if I like it.
The album opens with "Know Your Rights", which has some great lines such as "you have the right to free speech, just as long as you're not dumb enough to use it". The music isn't great, but the lyrics are nothing short of brilliant.
Then comes "Car Jamming" which I hated at first, but has slowly become one of my favorite songs on the album. Its very catchy, but you have to be into reggae stuff to like it.
"Should I Stay Or Should I Go" is 3rd, and is one of The Clash's more famous songs. It reminded me of "Train In Vain" on London Calling, and is an awesome song.
The next song "Rock The Casbah" disgusts me. It just makes me sick. Its the kind of song that they play on Soft Rock radio, and I think they do play this on soft rock radio, you know, that station that your mom listens to. Ugh.
"Red Angel Dragnet" is almost equally as bad but in a different way. I really cant explain it, its just...really hard to listen to.
Now for my favorite song on the album, "Straight To Hell". It is great. A Vietnam song, and is sad and brilliant, a great great song, among the best The Clash have ever done.
"Overpowered By Funk" is an embarressment, but kind of fun to listen to. Lines like "If you ain't reggae for it, FUNK OUT!" dominate this song, and its an odd funk/reggae song, but a good clean listen none the less.
The rest of the songs arent memorable, but are pretty good. This CD has some great songs, some terrible songs, some medicore songs, and is good for serious Clash fans like myself, but casual fans should definatly check out their self-titled album and "Give 'Em The Rope" before this one.
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