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The Clash — This is Radio Clash
Album: The Essential Clash
Avg rating:
6.4

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Total ratings: 948









Released: 1981
Length: 4:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Interrupting all programmes

This is radio clash from pirate satellite

Orbiting your living room,
Cashing in the bill of rights
Cuban army surplus or refusing all third lights
This is radio clash on pirate satellite

This sound does not subscribe
To the international plan
In the psycho shadow of the white right hand
Then that see ghettology as an urban Vietnam
Giving deadly exhibitions of murder by napalm

This is radio clash tearing up the seven veils
This is radio clash please save us, not the whales
This is radio clash underneath a mushroom cloud
This is radio clash
You don't need that funeral shroud

Forces have been looting
My humanity
Curfews have been curbing
The end of liberty

Hands of law have sorted through
My identity
But now this sound is brave
And wants to be free - anyway to be free

This is radio clash on pirate satellite
This is not free Europe
Noh an armed force network
This is radio clash using audio ammunition
This is radio clash can we get that world to listen?
This is radio clash using aural ammunition
This is radio clash can we get that world to listen?
This is radio clash on pirate satellite
Orbiting your living room,
Cashing in the bill of rights
This is radio clash on pirate satellite
This is radio clash everybody hold on tight

A-riggy diggy dig dang dang

Go back to urban 'nam
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This is so average. Check out Blackmarket Clash.
 Broken_Ear wrote:
Far from their best songs.
 
agreed.
come on Bill, you can do better than this.
 sirdroseph wrote:
The Clash is a pretty good band with a few catchy tunes, nothing more, nothing less.....and this is one of them. 7
 
"A few catchy tunes?"

The Clash were a seminal band. Their impact on rock and roll cannot be overstated. They were adventurous in their musical style, from reggae to rock and pop, never straying too far from their punk roots; and they fused a righteous political campaign with a fiery delivery. "London Calling" is probably one to top 10 albums of all time.

Agree with Jack Black though -- "Kill your favorite band before they make 'Combat Rock.'"
Yeah, maybe one of the only 10 tracks of the whole eighties which really haven't survived modernity, perhaps due to the feeble production (never could get used to the sound of that saturated mike at the very end).
Far from their best songs.
First Thievery Corporation and now the Clash?  Why are there so many people that only want to listen to classic rock?  They probably think Mozart sucks too.  Ick.
Wow! Private satelite radio was so futuristic back then.
it's a very weak song ....and too long !
This was released in 1981. . . in case Bill wants to update the info.  It was a single and not released on any studio albums. 

what a pity
Gotta say...I don't think this is a very good song. The effects are jarring and unnecessary.
 zimm wrote:
hate hate hate the clash.....
 

WHAT??
hate hate hate the clash.....
too early man.  too early.
 CamLwalk wrote:
I thought this is Radio Paradise.  Make up your mind!
 
Bill should jump in and say Paradise, every time the singer says Clash. {#Roflol}....OK maybe not....

 SinisterDexter wrote:
*Unmute*

Is it over yet?... Damn, not yet.

*Mute*
 
Haha... and it's such a long song, too.

Luckily, my 10 is still there.

 raga wrote:
log in just to check if my 1 was still there...

 


log in just to check if my 1 was still there...

Oh, this is just too perfect.
*Unmute*

Is it over yet?... Damn, not yet.

*Mute*
 haljordan wrote:
Interesting, I hear a bass line that the Gorillaz borrowed.  I wonder if this is the source or if the Clash borrowed it from somewhere else too.
 
Maybe because Mick Jones & Paul Simonon (from the Clash) played on the current Gorillaz album and are a part of the current  tour?

Gorrilaz and the Clash

Interesting, I hear a bass line that the Gorillaz borrowed.  I wonder if this is the source or if the Clash borrowed it from somewhere else too.
 Xeric wrote:
Meh.  The Clash, for me, is like the Pixies.  That is, they're okay, I guess, or only periodically irritating, but still . . . what the hell is all the fuss about, you know?
 
Wrong tense - you should be asking what the hell was all the fuss about? To which the answers might be that the Clash were a pioneering rock band coming out of punk, strongly politically-committed and active, bitingly satirical, musically-innovative, who stuck two fingers up to the record companies and did their own thing. They were very much part of the zeitgeist, and some might say that they defined it. The 80s were sh1te for pop music, but the alternative scene thrived and The Clash were a major part of that, influencing a whole heap of other bands. Of course, the danger with songs like this (and, say, Guns of Brixton), whose lyrics contain many contemporary references, are that they'll not age well, but many of their songs (Rock the Casbah, Magnificent Seven come to mind) do still have relevance and 'rockability' even today.

Not that I was ever a big fan of the Clash, as though some songs are in my all-time top 10 much of their output was a bit 'ho-hum' IMO (I bought Sandinista! and was bored stiff by it), but they were probably as important to the 80s as The Beatles were to the 60s. IMHO naturally ;)

The Clash is a pretty good band with a few catchy tunes, nothing more, nothing less.....and this is one of them. 7

Edit: Joe Strummer was a genius however who really found himself musically with the Mescaleros later in life; HE is an icon!{#Notworthy}


"Grandmaster Strummer" vs. Radio Raheem in "Do The Right Thing"—

Who had the biggest, baddest 80's beat box in NYC?


"And another one bites the dust."
 mocky wrote:
congratulations on my first sucko-barfo rating... Would be sorta fun for like 20 seconds as a lead up to any, seriously, ANY musical idea. I seriously wondered whether my computer had locked up and kept playing the same little loop over and over...
 
Hey kid - you had to be there and I am assuming you are the wrong generation and wrong side of the Pond.

The Clash are v. special to us Over 40 and Over Here 
my (hazy) memory of the Clash era was New Wave...and none of us really knew what that meant, but it did mean that we could dance totally cool, wear interesting clothes, and wow, the hair! Post disco, pre hip hop, blessedly ill-defined
congratulations on my first sucko-barfo rating... Would be sorta fun for like 20 seconds as a lead up to any, seriously, ANY musical idea. I seriously wondered whether my computer had locked up and kept playing the same little loop over and over...
I thought this is Radio Paradise.  Make up your mind!
Fookin' brilliant, I say.  {#Dancingbanana}
Meh.  The Clash, for me, is like the Pixies.  That is, they're okay, I guess, or only periodically irritating, but still . . . what the hell is all the fuss about, you know?
I deduce from the lyrics that this is radio clash.
 ord_mike wrote:
just went from 3 to 2....
 

And straight to a clean 1.
A groundbreaking experiment from the '80s. 
  • The hypothesis:  It is possible for a band to be both punk and smarmy at the same time. 
  • The result:  Hypothesis strongly supported.

there are some haterrsssssszzzzz
Abso,,,,inglutly !!
         {#Guitarist}                       


This truly is essential Clash. This is what I think of when I think of the Clash. Purely driven early punk.
 Gartholamundi wrote:

from what i can tell pretty much the majority generally votes a "7" by default. then the fans try to bring it up, and others pull it down. the "median" average means far more than the "mean" average from what i can gather in these cases. in a random example 4 people voting a 1 can pull down a mean average drastically, but it says far more to me that 200 people voted seven.

 
My default is usually 5. I gave this a 7 since I do find it quite good.  I get the feeling that most people over rate most tunes.  Of course I do fine myself changing ratings after a few listens of new tunes.

 jesspra wrote:

 
Nice pic. This is a Banksy work on the Israeli "security wall", one of many he painted there. Apposite for any Clash number, I'd say.



cool...


I never did get the Clash.
English angst, I guess.

This is a completely throw-away "song"
keller1 wrote:

The cumulative listener rating for this is at least 2 points low.

Man, sometimes I do not understand the way the RP audience votes.



from what i can tell pretty much the majority generally votes a "7" by default. then the fans try to bring it up, and others pull it down. the "median" average means far more than the "mean" average from what i can gather in these cases. in a random example 4 people voting a 1 can pull down a mean average drastically, but it says far more to me that 200 people voted seven.

The cumulative listener rating for this is at least 2 points low.

Man, sometimes I do not understand the way the RP audience votes.


 milchschnitte wrote:
some songs of clash are very poor...
  take this one for example . . .
 


just went from 3 to 2....
 realsleep wrote:
..... and want to shoot myself in the face.
 

keep it pointing down and you wont.

some songs of clash are very poor...
Punk tinged with hip-hop.  Gotta freakin' love it.

{#Jump}
Joe: this is not how I remember you.

Breathtakingly awful. 0. Mute. 
I'm seeing a love/hate thing with all the comments-no in between. I never caught on to the Clash thing. Lots of my friends did, however.
Is this Radio Clash? I'm not certain ... maybe if I wait they'll tell me again.
Yep, the song everyone loves to hate...  except me, of course. This rules. 
 jesspra wrote:
Is that popoganda? - the work of Ron English by any chance? In The West bank or Gaza?
 
 burdell wrote:
This is disco Clash.
 
Nope. Not Disco. Actually it closer to early hip-hop, and the Clash were the first "big" band to embrace the beats, Mick Jones kept doin' it for years with Big Audio Dynamite.

I love the Clash, but I have always hated this song. Even worse, it gets stuck in my head so badly that I start humming it all day and want to shoot myself in the face.
I have never given as many low ratings to songs than I have today! And I'm having a good day!
This sounds even more pedantic following the richness of the Nick Cave tune. (Though I suppose that would be true following most anything else as well.) I'll give it "important for its time" - that's the highest compliment it deserves. 2.
MsJudi wrote:
The Clash will make me scramble for the volume control every time... to turn it DOWN.
I actually turn it OFF, c'mon bill! this was overplayed in the 80's! :)
etwilson wrote:
And it rocks. The Clash never cared about anyone's precious rules about what genre of music was appropriate for them to play. Punk, Reggae, Ska, Disco, Rap, 50's Rock'n'Roll, they'd played whatever they wanted.
:bananasplit: :dancingbanana: :crown: double ditto!!! :bananasplit: :yes: :notworthy: :cheers: :dance:
burdell wrote:
This is disco Clash.
And it rocks. The Clash never cared about anyone's precious rules about what genre of music was appropriate for them to play. Punk, Reggae, Ska, Disco, Rap, 50's Rock'n'Roll, they'd played whatever they wanted.
:drunk:
:fire:
burdell wrote:
This is disco Clash.
They had a terrible weakness for it. Seems like it came from Joe Strummer himself.
Suckooo! :dancingbanana_2:
NOOOOOOOO not this again, please!!! :arghhh: :stop: :sorry: :no: :fire:
The Clash will make me scramble for the volume control every time... to turn it DOWN.
did i mention this song sucks; oh yeah, I did!
TheLoneIguana wrote:
This..is..repetitive stuff Its getting on my nerves...
me too :fire:
This is disco Clash.
I had a an echo box like that... On sale at Radio Shack - $5. Sounded just as good.
ScottishWillie wrote:
Now this joke is over 25 years old dose it qualify as "Vintage Humor" or is it still only "Classic Humor"?
When does it become Antique humor?
themotion wrote:
this is radio crap. /don't tell me to mute ... i already did. //i'm not changing stations, you change stations. ///lol slashes
"RP forums: for when you're so big a tool, you've gotten laughed off of Fark." O joy, O rapture; however did we get so fortunate?
squidish wrote:
Awwwwwww. They look so adooooorable! :heartkiss: Ska + Funky Drummer = Clash circa 1977
yeah, bring 'em home to meet mother!
This..is..repetitive stuff Its getting on my nerves...
I'll take it real slow for you, THis Song Sucks. prickelpit96 wrote:
Maybe you can explain it to me then? :twisted:
ThePoose wrote:
This is Radio Clash? I thought this is Radio Paradise.
Now this joke is over 25 years old dose it qualify as "Vintage Humor" or is it still only "Classic Humor"?
themotion wrote:
this is radio crap. /don't tell me to mute ... i already did. //i'm not changing stations, you change stations. ///lol slashes
NICE..I like a little ire for an afternoon snack.
Remember, Radio Clash is listener-supported! So give generously during our fall pledge drive!
this gem has only a rating of 6.7, and drek like U2's "All I Want is You" is rated over an 8? There is no justice. :beat: :wall: :confused: :no: :rolleyes: :stupid: :skull:
I was a huge Clash fan from their first album until Combat Rock. It just seemed too commercial to me. I still miss Joe Strummer though =<
jjbix wrote:
oh, now I remember why the clash is out of business!!
Maybe you can explain it to me then? :twisted:
oh, now I remember why the clash is out of business!!
I appreciate the VALUE of the Clash... I just don\'t like their music very much.
From Dead 60s to this is brilliant... make it a hat trick and play the cover of \'Radio Clash\' by The Urge. Kick ass.
themotion wrote:
this is radio crap. /don't tell me to mute ... i already did. //i'm not changing stations, you change stations. ///lol slashes
:lol: :beat:
God, I miss the Clash! From an era when Alternative radio played COOL music!
this is radio crap. /don't tell me to mute ... i already did. //i'm not changing stations, you change stations. ///lol slashes
MinMan wrote:
...uh this Clash tune dates from 1981; Coolio's dates from 1995.
what's really funny is that in the five minutes it took you to look up those dates you didn't realize the sarcasm.
this is one group that I am not ashamed of listening to in the eighties. great songs great band
This is Radio Clash? I thought this is Radio Paradise.
jjbix wrote:
one of their weaker entrees
You're right. Can only give it a 9.
one of their weaker entrees
Awwwwwww. They look so adooooorable! :heartkiss: Ska + Funky Drummer = Clash circa 1977
All right! I'm healed! Yes! I dancing now without my walker! Yes! Oh, oh, wait, Oh help me, I've fallen and I can't get uppppppp
Never heard this Clash before! What fun. Thanks, RP! :dancingbanana:
The Dead have "Shakedown Street" The Clash have "This is Radio Clash" Disco is fun every now and then....
fuh2 wrote:
I like to dance to this one hopping up and down while throwing my feet every which way spasmodically
Yeah, we know, we can see you!
hell yeah
I like to dance to this one hopping up and down while throwing my feet every which way spasmodically
tigerspy wrote:
don't know if this is being played just because it's the "Clash", but this tune is a bit of a failure.. sorry , but Clash.failure()
if(Ears.Sound.IsNotLiked) { RP.Volume.decrease(100); } Try this method.... :) I love this tune. In fact anything by the Clash rates highly in my book.
This IS Radio Clash! Radio: the final frontier...
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
Maybe my three favorites of all time. Nice grouping.
Right on brotha!
okobojicat wrote:
There are so many haters because all get played excessively. I didn't used to hate Costello, but now I mute RP when he comes on, mainly because I hear him too much. Clash is slowly getting to that level. Talking Heads I never really liked all that much.
You've just got bad listening habits... I listen to RP every day, all day at work and I don't think Bill plays too much of anyone to get sick of them. The only exception are new releases, which tend to get more airplay as expected.
don't know if this is being played just because it's the "Clash", but this tune is a bit of a failure.. sorry , but Clash.failure()
jdorn1 wrote:
I cannot believe all the Clash-haters. There are almost as many of them as Talking Heads and Elvis Costello-haters. Idgits!
Maybe my three favorites of all time. Nice grouping.
at the time I thought it was "Disco!" but now I appreciate how awesome this song is... the video was even better - as far as that goes, disco wasn't so bad - once you learned how to dance - :dancingbanana:
SOLID 8!
stinkycheese wrote:
They totally ripped off Coolio's "1,2,3,4"
LOL!
jdorn1 wrote:
I cannot believe all the Clash-haters. There are almost as many of them as Talking Heads and Elvis Costello-haters. Idgits!
There are so many haters because all get played excessively. I didn't used to hate Costello, but now I mute RP when he comes on, mainly because I hear him too much. Clash is slowly getting to that level. Talking Heads I never really like all that much.
cute little RP intro there Bill...perfectly blended with the This is Radio Clash intro. :clap:
stinkycheese wrote:
They totally ripped off Coolio's "1,2,3,4"
lol
marginal clash
Not everything the Clash did was genuis, but a lot of it was. And a lot of what you hear today was Clash influenced. A LOT. Coolio... give me a break.
:guitarist: :drummer: :guitarist: :skull:
:bananajam: :bananajam:
stinkycheese wrote:
They totally ripped off Coolio's "1,2,3,4"
...uh this Clash tune dates from 1981; Coolio's dates from 1995.