It’s 10 years today (well yesterday now) since the death of Joe Strummer.
Strange how the life and death of Joe Strummer – more so after he died – weaves in and out of mine even though I never knew the man directly.
Being involved with London Booted the Clash mashup album in 2003, the start and naming of this very podcast and blog relating to that, the gradual introduction to The Clash past from just knowing the Mescaleros and the singles, the mashup album, falling in love with his radio shows and the documentaries…it’s grown and grown rather than faded away.
And in my mind Peel who died in 2004 and Strummer in 2002 are related, in the real world with the early formation of BBC 6Music but mostly in my mind…both people who loved music and wanted to show the world it’s infinite varieties – and in the case of Joe also his politics which I think came from a love for people and hatred of oppression and how badly they are treated.
So here are links to some of those Strummer related posts in my life, like counting the fence posts as you stroll over the fields.
- London Booted mashup album (2003-5) originally from GYBO then released via Prankmonkey
- Radio Clash 75 Special podcast (2006) about Joe Strummer
- The Future Is Indeed Unwritten
- This One’s For Joe mashup album (2007) including the now Radio Clash theme tune by Dunproofin – give it some love below
- Joe Strummer Calls Back (2008) – his radio shows
- The groove machine from Bush House (2009)- the complete – well as complete as I have them currently – London Calling shows and podcasts. This one STILL gets hits and comments today, 3 years later. I think he’d be amazed for the continuing demand and love for his radio shows, and work after all these years – more so now I reckon.
- Playing Strummerville DIY (2011) music on the show (with permission – reminds me must do more of that.
Interestingly today I spent listening to the new records I missed in 2012, listening to new music exclusively. I can think of no better way to honour the man who always had a boombox and a tape of ‘too future’ music by his side