"This Is Radio Clash" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
This is Radio Clash
Resuming all transmissions
Beaming from the mountaintop
Using aural ammunition

With extreme prejudice,
Gonna terminate our mission
This is Radio Clash
Consider your position

Step it up, get down low

Breaking news flash, Assassination
The whole country has been shot

Evil will await illumination from the Ministry of Whitewash

Wait, wait
Don't switch off the death

Yes, we have the latest score
Rebel Islanders: 101 and Home Guard: 44

This is Radio Clash
Anger counters thought
When lightning splits the sky in half
Sharper than a sword

And in the thundercloud
You see another cloud
Bones as big as sticks
Even angels were in hell on the morning of the sixth

Like buckets of venom
You can't hide
They've got a master plan
You build walls, over there
And we'll come and knock 'em down

And he reaches the other side first
Gets a job in the dirty old town
And he reaches the other side first
Gets a job in the dirty old town

Don't all rock at once

This is not free
This is not free Europe
Nor an armed force network

This is Radio Clash
Resuming all transmission
Beaming from the mountaintop
Aural ammunition

A riggy diggy dig dang dang

This is Radio Clash
Spewing information
Careful confirmation

Bribery, distortion
Lethal legislation
Security is a lock and key
Accept no other explanation

This is Radio Clash
On pirate satellite
Orbiting your living room
Everybody hold on tight

Lyrics submitted by aebassist, edited by FogButton, williammckern

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    General CommentBasically, he is trying to wake people up to tell them the truth about "the man". The "Radio Clash" is informing all about the ills of the planet and how we need to act.
    cactusdaveon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentis this called "radio clash" or "this is radio clash" ?
    ClashPepperson March 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentRIP Joe Strummer RIP
    Me and the world of punk will miss you
    SoldMySoulForPRon June 22, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is radio clash
    queenjaneon September 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant!

    Ever see the video for this tune filmed with some of the footage from when they were at Bonds in NYC? I was at one of the concerts in 1981 when I was a sphmore in High School. They oversold the tickets and there was complete mayhem leading up to the original shows due to fire codes, etc.

    My folks freaked and wouldn't let me go when they saw what was going on on the news. I said I was going to sleep at a friends house and wouldn't bother getting involved with the mess at the theater (yeah right...) and went anyway and got other tickets to added show dates. There was NO WAY I was missing The Clash. (The band added extra shows to accomodate all the people who would have been screwed anyway. It was awesome). Still, it was bedlam, but it was WORTH it!

    When people say The Clash are the only band that matters, they KNOW what they are talking about!
    LolaBaton November 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis some funky white boy shit...amazing how far this sounds from earlier material, yet somehow it's still The Clash.
    The first "intelligent dance" song?
    I once stopped my car in the middle of the street, turned up the stereo and street-danced with a friend to this.
    Chinupon December 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentClashPeppers There are two different versions of Radio Clash. Same for Capitol Radio.
    Armegideonon December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhere does this song apperar someone please help me out is this only on story of the clash vol. 1? i blew like 30$ for a 2 disc set and this was the only new song i got...
    where is this on original albums pst me
    Punker_Kenon February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentXcellent song, what a good beat too.
    -IheartBeanieBoy-on March 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpunker_ken,
    this song wasnt on any studio album, it was only released separately as a single and on the compilation albums Clash On Broadway and The Singles
    tricksinesson April 23, 2008   Link

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