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The Clash Announce The Release of 40th-Anniversary Edition of Combat Rock

Featuring unreleased songs and demos, the LP is set for a May 20th release.

Titled Combat Rock / The People’s Hall, the 40th-Anniversary edition of Combat Rock will include the original album, along with 12 additional songs compiled by the surviving members of The Clash.

Originally released in May 1982, Combat Rock is the final album from The Clash line-up of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon.

Featuring two of the band’s most well-known tracks — Should I Stay Or Should I Go and Rock The Casbah — Combat Rock is the band’s biggest-selling and highest-charting album in both the UK and US.


Following their 17-show residency at New York’s Bond Casino in 1981, the band rehearsed and recorded at The People’s Hall in the squatting neighbourhood of Frestonia (a name adopted by the residents of Freston Road, London, when they attemptedto form the Free and Independent Republic of Frestoniain London)

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Soon after, the band embarked on a tour of East and Southeast Asia, during which the album sleeve image was photographed in Thailand.

In addition to the iconic 1982 LP, the upcoming reissue will include a bonus disc dubbed The People’s Hall that features unheard, rare and early versions of tracks recorded following their 1981 single This Is Radio Clash up to the release of Combat Rock.

Among them is a new version of Your Rights recorded at the People’s Hall on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, a previously unreleased instrumental version of He Who Dares Or Is Tired, an unreleased original mix of The Escapades of Futura 2000, Mikey Dread’s Radio One, the outtakes The Fulham Connection (previously known as The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too) as well as Idle in Kangaroo Court.

A pair of the band’s collaborations with the late English Beat singer Ranking Roger has also been released ahead of the special edition reissue. A two-track EP containing the tracks Rock the Casbah and Red Angel Dragnet.

‘Combat Rock / The People’s Hall’ Track Listing

‘Combat Rock’ – SIDE A
1. “Know Your Rights”
2. “Car Jamming”
3. “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
4. “Rock The Casbah”
5. “Red Angel Dragnet”
6. “Straight To Hell”
‘Combat Rock’ – SIDE B
1. “Overpowered By Funk”
2. “Atom Tan”
3. “Sean Flynn”
4. “Ghetto Defendant”
5. “Inoculated City”
6. “Death Is A Star”

‘The People’s Hall’ – SIDE A
1. “Outside Bonds”
2. “Radio Clash”
3. “Futura 2000”
‘The People’s Hall’ – SIDE B
1. “First Night Back In London”
2. “Radio One” – Mikey Dread
3. “He Who Dares Or Is Tired”
4. “Long Time Jerk”
5. “The Fulham Connection”
‘The People’s Hall’ – SIDE C
1. “Midnight To Stevens”
2. “Sean Flynn”
3. “Idle In Kangaroo Court”
4. “Know Your Rights”

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