This Is Radio Clash

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"This Is Radio Clash"
Radio Clash.jpg
Single by The Clash
B-side"Radio Clash"
Released20 November 1981 (U.K.)
Format7" and 12" single, cassette tape
GenreRap rock[1]
LabelCBS 1797
Producer(s)The Clash
The Clash singles chronology
"The Magnificent Seven"
"This Is Radio Clash" / "Radio Clash"
"Know Your Rights"

"This Is Radio Clash" is a song by the English punk rock band the Clash. The 1981 single was issued in 7-inch format and also in 12-inch format and cassette tape with additional tracks; the first public performance of the song was on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show on 5 June 1981.[2]

The song is not featured on any of the Clash's original studio albums, but is included in their compilations: The Singles (1991), The Story of the Clash, Volume 1, Sound System, Singles Box, The Singles (2007) and Clash on Broadway.

American critic Eric Schafer said this of the song - "it is a magnificent, daring, challenging record that was years ahead of its time; one of the great rock records of the 1980s, it has never been given its just credit. Twenty-eight years after its debut, were it released today it would still burn up the radio."[3]

The song is included on the experimental compilation album called Disco Not Disco 2 (2002) as well as the radio soundtrack in Battlefield Hardline; the song was also briefly featured in season 2 of Stranger Things in episode 4.

7-inch release[edit]

The 7-inch single also contains a B-side titled simply "Radio Clash," which is a remix of the title track with additional lyrics; the Clash stated at the time that they intended the songs to be heard as a single entity. The two recordings have the same playing time.

"This Is Radio Clash" begins with the lyric:

"This is Radio Clash on pirate satellite
Orbiting your living room, cashing in the bill of rights.

And "Radio Clash" begins with:

"This is Radio Clash resuming all transmissions
Beaming from the mountain tops, using aural ammunition."

The similarities of the A and B-side recordings has led to much confusion not only by fans but also by the record company. On some versions of the Super Black Market Clash CD, the B-side "Radio Clash" is included, but incorrectly listed as "This Is Radio Clash"; the same error was repeated on the US version of the 2003 collection The Essential Clash.

12-inch release[edit]

On side one of the 12-inch single, "This Is Radio Clash" is followed by "Radio Clash". Side two contains two additional remixes of the title track(s): "Outside Broadcast" and "Radio Five". In 2006 a CD compilation called Singles Box was released which collected all four versions in the same order with original cover art; this was the first time all four tracks were released together since the original 1981 release.

Track listing[edit]


Released in UK with picture sleeve.

Side one
  1. "This Is Radio Clash" — 4:10
Side two
  1. "Radio Clash" — 4:10


Released in UK with picture sleeve. Released in Canada with a cover sticker (12EXP 02622).

Side one
  1. "This Is Radio Clash" — 4:10
  2. "Radio Clash" — 4:10
Side two
  1. "Outside Broadcast" — 7:23
  2. "Radio Five" — 3:38




Year Chart Peak
1981 UK Singles Chart 47
1982 Australia (ARIA)[4] 40
1982 New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 28
1982 Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 9
1982 US Billboard Club Play Singles[7] 17
1982 US Mainstream Rock[7] 45


  1. ^ "Rap-Rock: From 'Punk Rock Rap' to Mook Nation". 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ Discogs - The Tomorrow Show 7-inch vinyl bootleg
  3. ^ Punk Rock Warlord: the Life and Work of Joe Strummer. 28 April 2014. p. 154. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  4. ^ " – The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ " – The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ " – The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". Singles Top 100.
  7. ^ a b The Clash > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2007.


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