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5.0 out of 5 stars No Sell-out, December 3, 1999
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This review is from: Combat Rock (Audio CD)
If I read any more ignorance about this being The Clash's "Sell-out" record I'm going to go mad. Listen, selling out is putting out the same record 10 times and being afraid to take chances. The Clash were way ahead of their time with this experimental album, and while there are a few missteps ("Should I Stay", "Overpowered By Funk"), there is also absolute brilliance on this album: "Ghetto Defendant", "Straight To Hell", "Inoculated City", and yes even "Rock The Casbah". "Death Is A Star" has out of tune vocals which somehow almost makes it avant-garde. I put this album up there with "The Clash" and "London Calling". Remember, "selling out" is someone deciding what is, and is not, punk. Punk is someone deciding for themself they're not afraid to take chances, even if they might fail. The Clash, here, try and succeed. Buy this.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2011 6:38:04 AM PDT
Mark says:
actually, that little snippet of Death is a Star sounds more like Elliott Smith than anything I've ever heard. Interesting.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 2:40:45 PM PST
Chen Kai Wen says:
okay, it wasn't selling out. It was just not as good as they were before.
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