This Is Radio Clash

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"This Is Radio Clash"
Radio Clash.jpg
Single by The Clash
B-side"Radio Clash"
Released20 November 1981 (U.K.)
Recorded1981
Genre
Length4:10
LabelCBS
Songwriter(s)Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon
Producer(s)The Clash
The Clash singles chronology
"The Magnificent Seven"
(1981)
"This Is Radio Clash" / "Radio Clash"
(1981)
"Know Your Rights"
(1982)

"This Is Radio Clash" is a song by the English punk rock band the Clash. It was released as a single in 1981 on various formats. The first public performance of the song was on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show on 5 June 1981.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

7-inch single[edit]

The 7-inch single also contains a B-side titled simply "Radio Clash", which is a remix of the title track with additional lyrics. The Clash stated at the time that they intended the songs to be heard as a single entity.[citation needed] The two recordings have the same playing time.

"This Is Radio Clash" begins with the lyric:

"This is Radio Clash on pirate satellite
Orbiting your living room, cashing in the bill of rights.
"

"Radio Clash" begins with:

"This is Radio Clash resuming all transmissions
Beaming from the mountain tops, using aural ammunition."

On some versions of the Super Black Market Clash CD, the B-side "Radio Clash" is included, but incorrectly listed as "This Is Radio Clash". The same error was repeated on the US version of the 2003 collection The Essential Clash.

12-inch single[edit]

On side one of the 12-inch single, "This Is Radio Clash" is followed by "Radio Clash". Side two contains two additional remixes of the title track: "Outside Broadcast" and "Radio Five". In 2006, a CD compilation called Singles Box was released which collected all four versions in the same order with original cover art.

Legacy[edit]

American critic Eric Schafer described the song as "a magnificent, daring, challenging record that was years ahead of its time; one of the great rock records of the 1980s, it has never been given its just credit. Twenty-eight years after its debut, were it released today it would still burn up the radio."[3]

The song is not featured on any of the Clash's original studio albums, but is included on their compilations The Story of the Clash, Volume 1 (1988), Clash on Broadway (1991), The Singles (1991), Sound System (2013), Singles Box (2006) and The Singles (2007). The song is included on the experimental compilation album called Disco Not Disco 2 (2002), as well as the radio soundtrack in the video game Battlefield Hardline (2015). The song was also briefly featured in season 2, episode 4 of Stranger Things.

Personnel[edit]

The Clash
Additional musician

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
1981 UK Singles Chart 47
1982 Australia (ARIA)[4] 40
1982 New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 28
1982 Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 9
1982 US Billboard Club Play Singles[7] 17
1982 US Mainstream Rock[7] 45

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Aaron, Charles (11 February 2014). "Rap-Rock: From 'Punk Rock Rap' to Mook Nation". Spin. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (2018). The Clash: All the Albums, All the Songs. Voyageur Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-76036-426-0.
  3. ^ Faulk, Dr Barry; Harrison, Professor Brady (28 April 2014). Punk Rock Warlord: the Life and Work of Joe Strummer. p. 154. ISBN 9781472410559. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  4. ^ "The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". Singles Top 100.
  7. ^ a b The Clash > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2007.

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