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)