In honor of Pres. Obama’s announcement yesterday that the Administration is scaling back the endless “war on terror” … a special version of “Rock The Casbah,” featuring Mick Jones, Rachid Taha, and Brian Eno, recorded at the 2005 Stop The War Coalition concert in London.
A sad bit of irony here. According to Wikipedia:
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 2007 documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, a 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 1991 Gulf War.
If you choose to associate a Clash song with any war anywhere, you really have a tenuous grasp on the band and what they stood for.
In any event, here’s the original version from Combat Rock (1982):
The Clash - Rock The Casbah from alexricand on Vimeo.
So here’s to fewer bombs dropped between minarets and more of that crazy casbah sound.
In the mean time … Turn. It. Up.