eMusic Review 0
Cutting away Sandinista!'s relaxed sprawl for a single disc of arty urban grit on Combat Rock was a smart move — “Rock the Casbah,” “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” the haunting “Straight to Hell” and “Overpowered by Funk” broke free of the new wave marketing ghetto, making the Clash chart stars. (A terminal condition, as it happened.) Setting up shop in New York City recharged the group, upping the rhythmic ante and returning purpose to their lyrics and playing. But it also encouraged such dubious ingredients as Allen Ginsberg, a toilet bowl cleaner commercial and dialogue from Taxi Driver. In many ways a blueprint for Jones'subsequent adventures with Big Audio Dynamite, Combat Rock will forever be the Clash's Big Album, but it is adamantly not their best.