This Is Radio Clash

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"This Is Radio Clash"
Single by The Clash
B-side "Radio Clash"
Released 20 November 1981 (U.K.)
Format 7" and 12" single, cassette tape
Recorded 1981
Length 4:10
Label CBS 1797
Writer(s) Strummer/Jones/Simonon/Headon
Producer(s) The Clash
The Clash singles chronology
"The Magnificent Seven"
"This Is Radio Clash" / "Radio Clash"
"Know Your Rights"

"This Is Radio Clash" is a song by the English punk rock band the Clash. The 1981 single was issued in 7-inch format and also in 12-inch format and cassette tape with additional tracks. The first public performance of the song was on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show on the 5th of June 1981.[1]

The song is not featured on any of the Clash's original studio albums, but is included in their compilations: The Singles, The Story of the Clash, Volume 1, Sound System, Singles Box, The Singles (2007) and Clash on Broadway.

American critic Eric Schafer said this of the song - "it is 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."[2]

The song is included on the experimental compilation album called Disco Not Disco 2 (2002) as well as the radio soundtrack in Battlefield Hardline.

7-inch release[edit]

The 7-inch single also contains a B-side titled simply "Radio Clash." It is the same recording as the A-side, but with additional verses to the lyrics and a different remix. The Clash stated at the time that they intended the songs to be heard as a single entity. These two tracks are variations on the same recording and have exactly the same length.

"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.

And "Radio Clash" begins with:

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

The similarities of the A and B-side recordings has led to much confusion not only by fans but also by the record company. On the remastered version 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 release[edit]

The 12-inch single contained 2 additional remix versions of "This Is Radio Clash" on side two. These were retitled "Outside Broadcast" and "Radio Five". In 2006 a CD compilation called Singles Box was released which collected all 4 versions in the same order with original cover art. This was the first time all four tracks were released together since the original 1981 release.

Track listing[edit]


Released in UK with picture sleeve.

Side one
  1. "This Is Radio Clash" — 4:10
Side two
  1. "Radio Clash" — 4:10


Released in UK with picture sleeve. Released in Canada with a cover sticker (12EXP 02622).

Side one
  1. "This Is Radio Clash" — 4:10
  2. "Radio Clash" — 4:10
Side two
  1. "Outside Broadcast" — 7:23
  2. "Radio Five" — 3:38




Year Chart Peak
1981-11-281981 UK Singles Chart 47
1982-??-??1982 Australia (ARIA)[3] 40
1982-02-211982 New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 28
1982-02-231982 Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 9
1982-??-??1982 US Billboard Club Play Singles[6] 17
1982-??-??1982 US Mainstream Rock[6] 45



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