Label: Mutual Broadcasting System - NMS-12-11-82 • Format: 3x, Vinyl LP, Compilation Box Set • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Non-Music, Pop • Style: Dialogue, Interview, Novelty, Radioplay, Rock & Roll
The song was released as the third single from their fifth album, Combat Rock. It reached number eight on the Billboard Hot chart in the US their second and last top 40 and only top 10 single in the United States and, along with the track "Mustapha Dance", it also reached number eight on the dance chart.
This origin makes "Rock the Casbah" different from the majority of Clash songs, which tended to originate with music written by the Strummer— Jones songwriting partnership. However, Joe Strummer was not impressed by the page of suggested lyrics that Headon gave him.
Strummer had been developing a set of lyrical ideas that he was looking to match with an appropriate tune. Before hearing Headon's music, Strummer had already come up with the phrases "rock the casbah" and "you'll have to let that raga drop" as lyrical ideas that he was considering for future songs.
The version of the song on Combat Rockas well as many other Clash compilations, features an electronic sound effect beginning at the minute point of the song. This noise is a monophonic version of the song " Dixie ".
The sound effect source was generated by the alarm from a digital wristwatch that Mick Jones owned, and was intentionally added to the recording by Jones. Joe Strummer had been toying with the phrase "rock the casbah" prior to hearing Topper Headon's musical track that would form the basis of the song.
This phrase had originated during a jam session with Strummer's violinist friend Tymon Dogg. Dogg began playing Eastern scales with his violin and Medley Of Elvis Hits: Thats All Right / My Baby Left Me - Waylon Jennings - Ol Waylon started shouting "rock the casbah!
Further inspiration for the lyrics of "Rock the Casbah" originated from Joe Strummer observing the band's manager Bernie Rhodes moaning about The Clash's increasing tendency to perform lengthy songs. The song gives a fabulist account of a ban on Western rock music by an Arab king. The pilots ignore the orders, and instead play rock music on their cockpit radios.
The population then proceed to "rock the casbah " by dancing to the music. This scenario was inspired by the ban on Western music in Iran after the Islamic Revolution. The single version has more pronounced bass. Additionally, the sound effects of the jet fighters in the last verse are lower in the mix, particularly just after "drop your bombs between the minarets. The single has several issues, all with different cover, format and B-side see the table below.
The video depicts a Muslim hitchhiker and a Un Du Tri - Duap - Anti-Patria Jewish limo driver befriending each other on the road and skanking together through the streets to a Clash concert at Austin's City Coliseum. At one point they are seen eating hamburgers in front of a Burger King restaurant. At another point, the Muslim character is seen drinking a beer; Letts stated that all that imagery was "about breaking taboos.
The Clash is shown miming a performance of the song in front of a pumpjack in a Texas oil field. For most of the video clip, guitarist Mick Jones 's face is obscured by a veiled camouflage hat.
The reason for this is that Jones was in a bad mood during the film shoot. The title of the film Rock the Casbah is taken from the song. The song was chosen by Armed Forces Radio to be the first song broadcast on the service covering the area during Operation Desert Storm. In one of the campfire scenes late in the documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwrittena Granada friend states that Strummer wept when he heard that the phrase "Rock the Casbah" was written on an American bomb that was to be detonated on Iraq during the Gulf War.
He and the band are brilliant on Taha's definitive take on Yello - Baby the Casbah", for which the audience goes berserk. The band were later joined by special guest Mick Jones from The Clash who performed on "Rock El Casbah" and then stayed on stage for the remainder of the show. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Rock the Casbah disambiguation.
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