Combat Rock is the fifth studio album by the English rock band The Clash. It was released on 14 May 1982 through CBS Records. In the United Kingdom, the album charted at number 2, spending 23 weeks in the UK charts and peaked at number 7 in the United States, spending 61 weeks on the chart. Combat Rock is the group's best-selling album, being certified double platinum in the United States
The pounding arena rock of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" makes the Clash sound like an arena rock band, and much of the album boasts a muscular, heavy sound courtesy of producer Glyn Johns. But things aren't quite that simple.
The Clash’s final album to feature the classic lineup, Combat Rock is at once their most basic rock album, and the most bizarre. The Clash had to go through a lot to be able to write a riff as simple and memorable as Should I Stay or Should I Go. Rock the Casbah, on the other hand, is one of the most effortlessly complex dance songs to ever top the charts. The rest of the album is thornier. Overpowered by Funk, Car Jamming, and Sean Flynn are even more out there than the songs on Sandinista!. Inoculated City is one of Mick Jones’ most underrated pop songs, but it is Joe Strummer’s.
Tracklist: 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, 7. Overpowered By Funk, 8. Atom Tan, 9. Sean Flynn, 10. Ghetto Defendant, 11. Inoculated City, 12. Death Is A Star. 3. Should I Stay Or Should I Go. 4. Rock The Casbah. 5. Red Angel Dragnet.
But the message of Combat Rock - the Clash’s fifth album and a snarling, enraged, yet still musically ambitious collection of twelve tight tracks on a single disc - is pop hits and press accolades be damned. This record is a declaration of real-life emergency, a provocative, demanding document of classic punk anger, reflective questioning and nerve-wracking frustration.