At the end of June 1981, The Clash returned to London, where under the impression of New York began work on new material. In September and October in Europe and in London were concerts in the tour «Radio Clash», after which the musicians once again went to New York to record a new album. Produced recordings made by Mick Jones, but his vision for the album has caused divisions within the group. The crisis was resolved the invitation of producer Glyn Johns, a veteran of the rock industry, which again brought the track and reduced the volume of recorded material, which initially missed on a double album - not least because of claims to triple «Sandinista!». Songs of the new album were inspired by the New York club scene and antimilitaristic groups, enhanced images «Apocalypse Now». Having decided to take a break, The Clash went to 27 January 1982 in the 6-week tour of East: deliver success in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Thailand. Upon his return to London with a group of Clay Jones continued to work on the album.
«Combat Rock» left 14 May 1982 and won 2nd place. This is the last studio album, recorded in his classic ensemble consisting of (Strammer, Jones, Simonon, Hidon) and because many, including the musicians themselves, is considered to be final in the works of The Clash. Songs «Combat Rock», in contrast to the previous album, The Clash, were not direct pastishami in different styles such as rap and rockabilly, and complex original hybrids, which combines both funk, dub and other styles. The first example of such work was the single «This Is Radio Clash», released in November 1981. By genre traditional punk rock can be attributed only opens the album «Know You Rights». Album singles «Should I Stay Or Should I Go?» And «Rock The Casbah» (written by Topper Hidonom) were among the most recognizable songs from The Clash.
Before the album was something unexpected: May 1, the media became aware that the group of frontmen Joe Strammer disappeared and his whereabouts are unknown. April 26, because of this had already been canceled a concert in Aberdeen. Neither the Group nor the manager did not know where the missing Strammer. Under the threat of June have been touring in America. Finally, Strammera found in Paris. May 18, he returned to London. Two days later, The Clash were at the rock festival in Loheme, The Netherlands. This concert was decisive in the fate of drummer Topper Hidona: being at that time heavily dependent drug addict Hidon without restraint to their colleagues used a large dose of cocaine, but have to cancel within that group, there was the principle not to take drugs at work. At the same time, the organizers of the festival and the musicians themselves rushed down into the eyes of quite inadequate behavior Hidona. Problems with Hidonom been before, but the incident proved the last straw. The group reluctantly had to dismiss his drummer: the ensemble has become a major car show business and could not afford to risk the uncertainty, even though the Topper Hidon by that time was a full participant in the collective creativity. After the expulsion Hidon fell into even greater drug dependence and will soon abandon music. Only at the end of 1990. musician has found the strength to change their way of life.
The Group urgently needed a drummer, and in a short time (29 May to open the tour in the USA) it was difficult to find. The result was called the first drummer of The Clash, Terry Chayms familiar with the early material of the group, which thus formed the basis of repertoire and performances held in 23 cities of America. The musicians changed their stage image, and went to play cropped shaven in tropical commando camouflage uniforms in the style of Rambo). Autumn The Clash The Who accepted the invitation to participate in their farewell tour of America, which began on 25 September. This time the concerts were held in stadiums, host tens of thousands of people. Such a prospect, made by The Clash at the level of the rock hierarchy outweighed worries about the lack of so valued a group close contact with the audience and poor hearing. Crowned the tour were performances October 12-13 at the New York stadium «ISA», which in his time playing The Beatles. Suddenly, a The Clash had a choice: to continue to climb up and become a real rock monster, and for this appeal to a wider audience, to record hits and commercially successful albums to be a cult or an alternative group. But face it tired of each other musicians did not and after performances at the Jamaican International Festival in November, made a break for six months long. Terry Chayms never took the aesthetics of the group, once again left The Clash.