Gates of the West. Armagideon Time. Tommy Gun. London Calling. Stay Free. White Riot. Clash City Rockers. Complete Control. White Man In Hammersmith Palais. At this time in this was the 1 song and it seemed to come out every year since then! It was released 7th December and stayed in the charts up until February !
Economically, the country was up the creek. The miners had been on strike, along with the grave-diggers, the bakers and almost everybody else. I think people wanted something to cheer them up — and so did I. That's why I came up with the line 'Look to the future now, it's only just begun'. Once I got the line, 'Does your Granny always tell you that the old ones are the best', I knew I'd got a right cracker on my hands. For the line "Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
You can imagine why we never released that. For the line "Do the fairies keep him sober for a day? I like a hot toddy when I get up on Christmas morning, then I shall have a drop of wine at lunchtime. For the line "Are you waiting for the family to arrive? Christmas is a family time, and you always want the family around. There are good songs today, as there were in the past. For the line "Look to the future now"Holder stated "I always wanted this song to be our optimistic song and certainly this year, with the new millennium, it works even better.
For the line "Do you ride on down the hillside"Holder stated "I always remember as a lad we used to knock these old sledges together with old orange boxes and go tobogganing down this big old quarry.
In the older days, it always used to snow regularly at Christmas, so using your sleigh was something we did. For the line "Are you hoping that the snow will start to fall? It sets the mood for the whole of Christmas, I reckon.
And yes, I will be outside building a snowman with my little lad if it does snow. If you have fun and a sense of humour, you can get by in most situations. It takes me a bit of time to warm up these days, but my enthusiasm has not waned over the years. At parties, I tend to get too pissed to care what anyone else thinks, ha ha! Labels: christmasslade. Labels: concert seriesjoe strummer.
Well you can't have Christmas Music and not have Bruce Springsteen can you? Here's three from the Boss to tide you over! Blue Christmas. Santa Claus is Coming To Town. Merry Christmas Baby. Labels: bruce springsteenchristmas. The S4L Boxset of the Year was only ever going to have one winner.
Ever since Springsteen released the Darkness Boxset rumours abounded that a Boxset for The River was in the works and finally back in October this year, a day before the 35th Anniversary of the release of The River album it was announced that it would be released on December 4th. I had even speculated a year prior to the annoucement what might be on the set and apart from a few things I was almost correct!
It was great seeing what could have been the album had it been released in as just a single album. Also good was seeing that songs that had been previously issued on the Tracks Boxset that were recorded during the making of The River are all brought together in one place the 4th CD of the set.
And of course there are after little extras like the Note book with Springsteen 's written words and a book with many unseen photos and the story of the making of The River Album. Set your recording devices so you don't miss it.
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Kind and Generous - Natalie Merchant I wanted to take a moment to say a few things following the announcement yesterday that I will Marriage break-ups, extra-marital affairs, heavy drinking, drug fueled sessions, oh, and the creation of some masterful pop tunes. It sou Remembering Kirsty MacColl in Some people ask. I can hardly believe that I'm never done a post on here spotlighting The Shop Assistants.
Time to rectify that. Unleash the music Beginning of the End? I am probably not I Fought The Law - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Avalon By Bus (CD) only Blogger who has noticed a downturn in traffic to their Blog ever since Google announced the coming end of th Bonds April Haven't you stopped doing the blog? My Blog List.
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About the continuing globalization of the world: ''We can at least be optimistic in that it forces the renegades and the underground to get it together. The worse s--t gets, the more interesting the underground becomes.
So I'm always quite hopeful. I believe in human beings. Human beings won't let this happen. We won't all end up robots working for McGiant Corp or whatever.
It can't happen. No one's gonna give it to you. It's part of your life. It doesn't seem real that other people know about it. At the end of the day, it doesn't seem possible, maybe. So, obviously, it's better to criticize it - you know what I mean? That's remarkable. That keeps your faith. That's what kills music because it stifles it to death.
I intend to build forward into the next century. The music has to be by the musicians, and there's too much changing things by the record company. I got a message for everyone in a record company: We don't care if you lose your job! You ruin music and I'll get all the smoothers out off the way, the people who smooth the sound off. Let the musicians have the music the way they want it, and not the way you think the grandmothers and 3-year olds will gonna buy it.
This is Rock and Roll! That's what they want because it keeps people in fear. Now we've got pollution and everything and it seems we've come to a halt. But I think we've got to retain some faith in believing tomorrow will be better than today.
It would be nice to turn on the radio and hear something that didn't make you feel like smashing up the kitchen and strangling the cat. I'm kind of like one of those people that picks up small and interesting bits of wood and doesn't want to let go of them.
Or, you know, I'm fascinated with the wrapper on a sardine can. A little cuckoo. But is it just like the world we're trying to escape from? I need to know if you're allowed to smoke in there April edited by Gabi : Strummer formed the ers inreportedly named after the squat where they lived at Walterton Road, Maida Vale, London. The ers had not played together since splitting more than 25 years ago in when Strummer left to join The Clash.
Also performing were Wilko Johnson, one of Strummer's early inspirations, and Tymon Dogg, who was in Strummer's last band, the Mescaleros. The concert in Notting Hill, West London, also launched the Strummerville charity, which will help disadvantaged youngsters make music. The Mescaleros' final album, much of which had been recorded before Strummer's death, is expected to be released in May. The ers are also planning to release an album of their material. March 10, - New York.
Me would suggest and love to see Mick, Paul and Topper to take a lifesize picture of Joe with them on stage instead of ANY other person, when they receive the award.
Then - on huge screen - a live video of The Clash followed by a 'special clippings' selection from Joe, ending with one of Joe's many wise quotes as spoken to the audience. End of story.
If they want to play some songs, I don't want to see noone else but Mick, Paul and Topper on stage. Also heavily discussed is the question on who will pass on the award to the Clash guys. Joe and him even worked together several times and became friends. I respect his decision to keep up the Clash tradition to ''play in front of our fans and everyone who wants to see us'' instead of playing at an event where only rich people are welcome and able to efford the ticket prices.
Mick obviously is biased, with tendency to ''C'mon, let's do it, folks! Topper wasn't present at the interview, so no idea what's his opinion. I reckon, he would enjoy to play with Mick and Paul, but don't know if his current state of health allows him to do any 'rhythm-work' at all. In any case, I hope he will be present at this special event. Addition - March 10, - VH1. Highlights of the ceremony were broadcasted on VH-1 on March 16th, 9. Addition - March The award I Fought The Law - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Avalon By Bus (CD) accepted by Joe Strummer's widow Lucinda, who shared the stage with Mick Jones who thanked ''Joe, my songwriting partner, who had so much integrity and inspired us all.
He was really the real thing. In typical style, Mick poked fun at The Clash being honored by the music establishment, saying the band had been ''abducted'' into the Hall of Fame. While giving out his list of than-you's, he became more serious, saluting an old friend he went to school with, who had joined a convoy to Baghdad, ready to serve as a human shield in case of war. Tom Morello also took the chance to make a statement in relation to current U. Bush's Iraq politics: ''Whenever people take to the streets to stop an unjust war, the spirit of The Clash is definitely there.
Photos fetched from the Hall of Fame Slideshow atYahoo. Thanks to Dave Stewart's engegament it now looks the concert will be rescheduled. It is postponed, no confirmed date available at the moment. Article about the cancellation at www. In recognition of the importance of this event, Joe's family has asked fans who wish to send tributes to make a donation to the Mandela SOS Concert in memory of The Clash star. Like Joe, this event has a global cause and a global message, I Fought The Law - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Avalon By Bus (CD), so please help if you can.
If you can, do it like me and plant 4 trees, one for each of the ''Clash's''! It's good for all of us :o. Addition Jan. April I think, compared to any other band which was around at that time, The Clash simply topped them all. This paired with a wide range of interest in music of various styles made them so special and unique.
The honesty and dedication to what they were doing made them unbeatable. In opposite to most punk rock bands, The Clash not satisfied angry people's hearts by providing songs with silly but ''nice to sing-along-to'' paroles - The Clash's lyrics touched people's souls with senseful messages.
They've made many people think further than just from here to the next wall. This is the important difference, how I believe. Although it's quite sure The Clash would have never been THIS Clash with a different line-up, the major factor in people's faith must have been Joe Strummer's straight attitude in particular. I suppose The Clash is the only band who never stepped away from their principles, for nothing whatsoever they've been offered.
They never became prostitutes of the dollar-guided music-biz. That is not easy. Such bands are rare to find, if there's any others to find at all Joe and the Clash guys have accomplished what the majority of people only talks about, while they continue to dream of changes, instead of trying to make things happen. Their massive output of great albums took the ones who followed full speed over the seven seas of music, while other bands still were bobbing up and down in the next pond down the road.
It's just a crying shame, those who have united countless people, somehow lost the connection between themselves. Too much pressure I suppose. Touring is interesting and often really good fun, but not all day long, and surely not for such a long time. Too much discipline I Fought The Law - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Avalon By Bus (CD) the load of responsibility for too many people takes its toll.
What a relief to know in these days Paul is happy and successful doing great paintings, Mick never stopped playing how wonderful to see the video clips of him and Joe united on stage in Acton in Nov. Deep from my heart I wish them all good luck with anything they do and plan. If I could tell something to Joe, it would be this:. The world needs more people like you. People who look - learn - think - decide - and re act. Willing to rebel against stupid rules, to fight for convictions, powerful but non-violent.
To follow ideals with honesty and no compromise. To stand behind your principles. You always inspired others to start to work on changing things they dislike. In this way you and Paul, Mick and Topper have changed the lifes of a many. It's a crying shame you guys, friends, mates, drifted away from each other while your hard work and discipline yeah, I've been on tour several times and know it's far away from being 24hrs partying made other people unite who didn't even knew each other.
Until today the spirit of your music and the Clash personalities keeps people connected, worldwide. The Clash's stage in these days is the internet, the Clash's home are our hearts and minds. You have said: "I've got no doubt the fourth dimension exists. Will see you in the 4th or even in the 5th dimension sometime later. Just look out for a woman who carries a bass, some books, records, dvds, and a huge box of fags This will be me, happy to share all the goodies.
I will have a glass of red wine on you now, and put on some of your great tunes. To think on how nice it was to have you had with us for quite a while will make me smile again, and continuing to hope and fight on. Probably now even more than ever before.
Your flame keeps on burning in those you have had inspired. December To see them donating at least a fair amount of the money they'll make to charity probably will remain a pipe dream. Also the Westway DVD shall be re-released with some more footage added. Honestly, I can not clearly understand, why it obviously has needed Joe's death to make the keepers of this fine material finally willing to share it with the public For the ones, who don't know it already: ''Rude Boy'', that strange movie with really great footage from the Clash boys unfortunately too often interrupted by the ''movie story'' is available on DVD in the UK too, in the meantime.
Added June A French company? No idea if they will use the profit to do something good tn Joe's interest, that's why I decided to spend my limited budget better on 2 of the ''The Last Night London Burned'' books instead, 'cause it is good in three ways: All proceeds go to the FBA Hardship Fund, the articles in the book widen my knowledge about what goes on in England the stuff they don't report in the german mediaand I've got a special collectors item.
What does one want more?! Am curious on what will happen with the upcoming 35min. It shall be presented to the public at the June 27 Glastonbury Festival. Hopefully the profit of its sales does really someone believe the docu was made to share it with others for free?? Meanwhile I truly look forward the most to get the material which Joe wanted us to listen to: His last songs, his last messages to the world: the new Mescaleros album.
Took me a while to feel ''strong enough'' to listen to it, but then I could not take it out off the cd player. It is a great album and I am grateful and happy to have some additional 'bits from Joe's soul', he wanted to share with us. Sure it is sad, we never can look forward to more to come, we should charish and use the material he has left for us.
Let us continue to live our lifes in his spirit, with his power. If someone feels the need for a comment, you are welcome to write a note in my Guest book. Thanks for the kind words some of you already left there or sent via email! Joe Strummer Biography a mix of info from various pages found in the www, links see below. Because of the nature of his father's occupation, he spent much of his childhood hopping around the globe from one exotic place to the next - Cyprus, Cairo, Teheran, Mexico, Africa, West Germany.
Joe spent his teen-age years in a boarding school in Surrey, England, where he got ''O'' levels in English, History and Art. This led onto a very short stay at London's Central School of Art before Joe headed off to Wales with his then-girlfriend. Whilst there, he played a few gigs with a band called Flaming Youth later to be called The Vultures, while he was named Woody Mellor but became tired of Wales and moved back to London.
In Joe formed a new pub-rock band, the ers, named after a house, the squat where the band practiced -Walterton Road, London. For three years in the mids Joe Strummer and the ers were the band who did every squatters' benefit, at least in West London. And they did them all for nothing. After the one and only single recording of the ers, Joe quit the band to start The Clash with guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon.
The first live gig of The Clash was an opening slot for a Sex Pistols show during the Summer of The Clash took the raw anger of British punk and worked it into a political and aesthetic agenda. A lot of kids left the hall that night knowing that they could do it too.
The Axis of Justice motto, "the future is unwritten" is taken from a t-shirt I purchased that night. On the early Rage Against the Machine tours, Clash tapes and bootlegs were always the most important part of my on-the-road music collection. They were a tremendous inspiration and consolation on those long, freezing European bus rides. And in listening to those crappy quality bootleg tapes, you could still always hear in Joe Strummer's voice that he did truly believe that the world could be changed with a three minute song, and that each night, he was up there not playing for ego, self-gratification, money or rock star glory.
He was playing with the determination to save the soul of everybody in the room, his included. The Sex Pistols were the flashpoint that made the world notice punk rock.
The Clash, sewed politics into punk and rock and roll irreversibly. And Joe Strummer was the heart, the soul, and the conscience of the Clash. No one had more of a true punk rock look than Joe Strummer. I always thought he had the greatest no-sell-out teeth in the business. The Clash were great because they realized that it did not in any way impinge their integrity to be a "performing" rock and roll band, and they looked, sounded and dressed the part of the rebel rockers they were.
One thing I always admired about the Clash was their great attention to what it meant to be a band, outside of the music. They would have countless meetings where they would discuss their lives, their opinions, their political views, what they meant to each other, and what it was important for them to say in their songs and how to maintain the highest level of integrity and commitment to continuing to be 'the only band that matters.
Joe was also insistent on choosing singles not based necessarily on their potential hit value, but rather based on their relevance. The Clash wrote and released "The Call Up" as a single in response to the reinstitution of draft registration in the United States. It was a huge issue at the time and with the shadows of Vietnam creeping across Central America, a song like "The Call Up," with its poetic and brutally true lyrics helped a lot of young people make up their minds about what they would do if a draft actually came.
I've always been really pissed at the way that the British press turned its back on the Clash. There seemed to be a real petty jealousy that British publications had towards the Clash after their debut album. Once the rest of the world caught on to their hometown little secret, they stomped their feet like spoiled brats and turned their backs on such amazing albums as London Calling and Sandinista!
The London Calling album, by the way, was voted the album of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine. The Clash always resisted the temptation to reunite for the big money. And their reasons spoke to the greatness of the band and the people in it. It wasn't out of some elitist pomposity that they dare not reconvene for fear of besmirching their "legend," but rather because their friend and drummer Topper Headon, a heroin addict, wasn't healthy enough to do it.
And as Joe says near the end of the great Clash documentary "Westway to the World," a band's chemistry is everything. Joe gives a tearful speech lamenting the dismissing of first Topper Headon and then Mick Jones.
It's a speech worth listening to, because it truly is a band chemistry that matters. There is a potency to that classic Clash line-up that, had they stayed the course, it is likely that to this day, U2 might still be opening for them. Throughout my time in Rage Against the Machine, journalists would always ask the question, "what the hell is a band with the politics of Rage doing on Epic Records?
But I really could have answered with two words: The Clash. I was energized and politicized and changed by the Clash. And the reason Dave could get his hands on this album at a nearby mall was because the band was on Epic Records. If in the history of Rage Against the Machine we were able to energize or politicize one person in the same way that the Clash effected me, the decision to sign with Epic Records was not just well worth it, but was crucial. A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to play on a Joe Strummer record.
He was doing a song for the South Park soundtrack, and Rick Rubin asked me to come down and play guitar, because the guy that they had doing it who incidentally plays in I Fought The Law - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Avalon By Bus (CD) very popular rock-rap band just couldn't cut it.
I had never been more nervous in my life as I drove up in my muscle car to the studio and was introduced to the great Joe Strummer. Joe did not disappoint. While the song was not the best, he certainly was. It seemed like very little recording got done, but a lot of storytelling over quickly ingested bottles of red wine did. Joe told us the story of how he used to always travel with an enormous flight case filled with all his music.
Everywhere he went, he carried every cassette and album he owned, so they would always be at the ready for him to listen to.
After a couple of decades of doing this, he had grown very weary of having to show countless customs agents his entire reggae collection. So he had boiled it all down to one scratchy minute cassette of an obscure Mexican band that he played for us. He absolutely loved it, and it was the only tape he brought with him from then on. I sat there listening and beaming like an idiot.
Joe was fascinated with my muscle car. It's a hemi-orange Dodge Demon. It was a bizarre site for me to see my greatest rock and roll hero crawling around the front seat of my car marveling over the original Demon-designed floormats with his unique and unchanged accent. At the studio, he would disappear for hours at a time into his ancient Cadillac, where he would work on lyrics for the song, and listen to the latest mixes that were coming out of the control room.
Rick Rubin and I would sit in the control room waiting as a gofer would shuttle notes back and forth from Joe that would read like "I think there could be more treble" or "I've almost got the second verse. I took one of these opportunities when Joe was in his Caddy to pick up and strum for myself his famous Telecaster with the "Ignore All Aliens" sticker on it.
Joe was of course the reason why I play a Telecaster, and holding this amazing, historic guitar that had written and performed my favorite songs through the years was a sublime moment. And don't think I didn't bring my camera to preserve that moment. Taped to the guitar was an ancient Clash setlist, and I marveled over it and wrote the setlist down to keep for posterity, although Joe couldn't remember what show it was from.
The last time I saw Joe Strummer was when he and his band The Mescaleros played at the Troubadour a year and a half ago. I was truly impressed.
Joe played with all the passion and intensity that he had in the Clash's heyday. And his new music and lyrics were forward-looking and challenging. He was clearly a vital artist to the end. And when he threw in the Clash gems Bank Robber and London's Burning, the place went absolutely nuts. I yelled so loud I lost my voice for about a week. In the song "White Riot," Joe sang: Are you taking over or are you taking orders? Are you going backwards Or are you going forwards? Write those four lines down, put them on your refrigerator, and answer those four questions for yourself every day.
Joe Strummer was my greatest inspiration, my favorite singer of all time, and my hero. His passing came as such a shock and surprise, and I am deeply saddened by it. I already miss him so much, and I am grateful to have the tremendous legacy of music he left behind. The Clash was one of those bands that even their most remote b-sides are far superior to anything on the radio today.
If you haven't checked out this great band, run don't walk to all the Clash albums. I am certain that Joe Strummer and the Clash will continue to inspire and agitate well into the future Joe was as huge an inspiration to me now as he was in He combined cool with an uncompromising stance, infused reggae into punk and taught a whole generation of us more about politics than any number of teachers or politicians.
I desperately wish news of his death was untrue It was the best band I've I Fought The Law - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Avalon By Bus (CD) since and to this day.
Of all the punk bands, I felt closest to him than anyone else from that era. While other bands always come back for the money, they had a belief in what they were doing, and even though they could've used it, they never really cared about the money. Thanks Joe!! The Clash had a massive influence on me in my teenage years and even now, 25 years later, hardly a week goes by without one of their albums featuring on my CD player He was a pillar of the music industry and has influenced more than twenty-five years of music and musicians.
His influence on the world will be missed I first saw the Clash in Septembera few weeks before I signed to Stiff and made my first record.
They left a deep impression. But we did see the Clash at the Roundhouse, supporting the Kursaal Flyers. The Clash were a life-changing experience. Most of the bands I saw around that time were totally harmless, but not the Clash. It was one of their first gigs - September 5th Keith Levine was still in the band, so there were three guitar players.
They looked like stick insects in their tight, straight-legged jeans and short, home-made haircuts. Strummer wore a black shirt with the legend Chuck Berry Is Dead bleached into the back of it. Their sound was an aggressive cacophany of slightly out of tune guitars and ragged vocal chants. I would have liked to have talked to Strummer but I was too shy. I almost felt that I should make some pledge of allegiance - there was something going on.
I'll never forget the day I bought it while on a trip to NYC in My parents took my brother and I to see a musical and I was lucky to find a copy that didn't have an pre-Tipper advisory sticker while browsing through a store that sold sheet music.
I got home and listened to the entire album start to finish. After finding "Train In Vain" the one song I'd heard from it -"TIV" was a super-last minute addition to the record and the sleeves had already been printed, hence no mention of it anywhere in the package I sat there thinking how good the rest of the album was.
That record was the soundtrack of my life for the next couple years and is still my favorite album of all time. The latter still stands as one of the top five best live shows I've ever seen. I never met him but he was by all accounts a great guy.
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