Song: Rock the Casbah (1982)
Artist: The Clash
Album: Combat Rock
With today officially marking the final week of September, it'll soon be time to move on from the Clear Channel memo and paying homage to a 20-year-old list that I find incredibly compelling. On the bright side, I'll be able to open the DOL airways to whatever floats my boat, or in this case, doesn't knock down my building. I think that means it's time to finally bring my baby out of Development Hell to finally start making a name for myself on this fucking internet thing.
***Seamless transition towards that idea***
While The Clash is anything but a One Hit Wonder with their success, legacy, and influence, from a technical standpoint, "Rock the Casbah" is one of only two Clash songs to chart on the Hot 100 (and their highest-charting U.S. single peaking at #8). I know it's a politically focused song, but if I had to guess why it made the list, it probably had to do with all the foreign words referenced throughout the song. Tragically, ignorance and anger after 9/11 led to the rise of hate crimes against total innocent Muslims and even non-Muslim people (there's a famous example of a Sikh man being killed for wearing a Turban) in the wake of the attacks. So if people who had nothing to do with 9/11 were getting killed, of course, some radio idiots would ban a song with a couple of Arabic lyrics.
As a punky-new wavish band, only two Hot 100 Hits for The Clash might've not been the most shocking news, but I was kinda surprised to see they even had two to begin with. What do you think was the other song to chart?
The correct answer is "Train in Vain" off of London Calling (whose title track actually peaked at #30 on the U.S. Dance Charts); it peaked at #23 in 1980.