This Is Radio Clash

"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.[3]

"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
LabelCBS 1797
Producer(s)The Clash
The Clash singles chronology
"The Magnificent Seven"
"This Is Radio Clash" / "Radio Clash"
"Know Your Rights"

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."[4]

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 releaseEdit

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 releaseEdit

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 listingEdit


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)[5] 40
1982 New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 28
1982 Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 9
1982 US Billboard Club Play Singles[8] 17
1982 US Mainstream Rock[8] 45


  1. ^ Aaron, Charles (11 February 2014). "Rap-Rock: From 'Punk Rock Rap' to Mook Nation". Spin. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (2018). The Clash: All the Albums, All the Songs. Voyageur Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-76036-426-0.
  3. ^ Discogs - The Tomorrow Show 7-inch vinyl bootleg
  4. ^ Punk Rock Warlord: the Life and Work of Joe Strummer. 28 April 2014. p. 154. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  5. ^ " – The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ " – The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ " – The Clash – This Is Radio Clash". Singles Top 100.
  8. ^ a b The Clash > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2007.


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