The Clash - bringing some musical anarchy to Tokyo.

The Clash - bringing some musical anarchy to Tokyo.
The Clash – bringing some musical anarchy to Tokyo.

The Clash – In Concert from Tokyo – 1982 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

70s/early 80s Rock icons The Clash tonight. Live from Tokyo and recorded in 1982.

Touring to coincide with the release of Combat Rock, this concert features a lot of material from that album, as well as Sandanista! and the perennial London Calling.

The Clash achieved critical and commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their self-titled debut album, The Clash (1977) and their second album, Give ‘Em Enough Rope (1978). Their experimental third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, earned them popularity in the United States when it was released there the following month. A decade later, Rolling Stone named it the best album of the 1980s. Following continued musical experimentation on their fourth album, Sandinista! (1980), the band reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock (1982), which spawned the US top 10 hit “Rock the Casbah”, helping the album to achieve a 2× Platinum certification there. A final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985 with a new lineup, and a few weeks later, the band broke up.

Relatively short-lived in retrospect, The Clash nonetheless left a considerable legacy of memorable music.

Tonight’s concert, though showing signs of dissension within the ranks, is still compelling Clash.

If you missed them the first time around – crank this one up and have a listen.

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