Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives


The Clash – Combat Rock

I think Combat Rock has suffered a lot of bitching and whining because it’s when The Clash broke America. I was 17-years old when I heard ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’. I wasn’t some hipster, punk dude. I didn’t know who The Clash were. I heard it on the radio. I heard ‘Rock The Casbah’ on the radio. Compared to a lot of other stuff being played it was like: “This is good!”

For all the people who say it’s not London Calling, it’s not ‘White Riot’, well, I get that they were in the trenches and whatever. I’m not trying to disparage the early Clash but they matured into a proper rock band and they did something with it. Listen to ‘Straight To Hell’. Fucking A! Listen to ‘Know Your Rights’! I’ll be happy as a pig in shit if I can write a song as good as that.

If they were ‘selling out’, you write ‘Know Your Rights’! It’s why I picked Combat Rock. I don’t get where people are coming from who don’t like that record [sings the riff from ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’]. It doesn’t get any better than that. It’s a wonderful statement. I wish there was something out there right now as good as ‘Straight To Hell’.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Lord Spikeheart, Tom Ravenscroft

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