Before the Clash released Combat Rock, there was an album titled Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg. The initial draft was conceived almost entirely by Clash guitarist & songwriter Mick Jones. The bootleg recordings of the Rat Patrol sessions that would eventually surface years later reveal the proposed album to be not only superior to the actual release, but one of the greatest “lost” albums in pop music history.
I spent the last year working on what became this mixtape. Sourcing the tracklisting from various bootlegs to come up with the closest to what could have been Mick Jones double album. I wanted to leave Combat Rock as it’s own thing. I’m not a fan of that record - I find it a bit thin sounding & while there are certainly some fantastic songs on there, It never felt very cohesive to me. Still, I wanted Rat Patrol & Combat Rock to be two separate releases.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my experiment with what should have been Mick Jones Vietnamese-reggae/narcotic-funk masterpiece.