There’s new music from Joe Strummer. Sort of.

It’ll soon be twenty years since Joe Strummer dropped dead after a walk with the dog, thanks to an undiagnosed heart condition. His memory, however, will be with us forver.

A new compilation of Joe’s work appeared yesterday. Called Assembly, it features everything from Clash rarities to re-mastered tracks. Fans are quite pleased about a new version of “I Fought the Law” performed with The Mescaleros (Joe’s last band) at the Brixton Academy in London on November 21, 2001.

This is a cover of a cover of a cover, really. The Clash included the song on London Calling because they were big fans of the 1966 version by the Bobby Fuller Four. That itself was a cover of the original by The Crickets (yes, Buddy Holly’s band) who wrote and performed the song in 1958, the year after Buddy died.

There’s a new video, too.

(More at The NME)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “There’s new music from Joe Strummer. Sort of.

  • March 27, 2021 at 10:39 am

    20 years, Allen. And it feels like 20 years. I remember exactly where I was when a friend called to tell me… two minutes later I heard it announced on CFNY.


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