“Rock the Casbah” is a song by the English punk rock band The Clash in 1982. It was released as the third single from their fifth album, Combat Rock. The song reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. (their only top 10 single Stateside) and, along with the track “Mustapha Dance,” it also reached number eight on the dance chart. It is the band’s highest charting single worldwide.
The song gives a fabulist account of a ban on rock music by the Sharif or King being defied by the population, who proceed to “rock the casbah.” The King orders jet fighters to bomb any people in violation of the ban. The pilots ignored the orders, and instead play rock music on their cockpit radios.
The song?s lyrics feature various Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Sanskrit loan-words, such as sharif, bedouin, sheikh, kosher, r?ga, muezzin, minaret, and casbah.
Along with earning a designation as the most intellectual and political new wave band, “The Clash” has also helped spearhead the punk movement in Britain. It has been looked as the movements central symbol and hope. No other band has communicated dynamic, desperate anger as potently as “The Clash”
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