From The Clash’s 1982 album Combat Rock, the track “Rock The Casbah” became a top 10 hit, rising to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Written by Topper Headon, recorded in both London and New York City, and produced by The Clash with a mix by Glyn Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Who), it is fascinating listening to the tune broken down to isolated tracks. The parts prove themselves to be quite unique, from the bizarre guitar track to the intricate middle-eastern “casbah” influenced percussion.
VOCAL only (Joe Strummer):
GUITARS only (Mick Jones, Joe Strummer):
BASS only (Paul Simonon, Topper Headon):
DRUMS only (Topper Headon):
KEYBOARDS only (Topper Headon):
MISC PERCUSSION (Topper Headon):