JOE STRUMMER DECIDES TO GO
Punk Rock Pioneer is dead at 50

It's always sad to see one of those guys go that disappears before you fully appreciate them.  I've been a fan of The Clash for quite some time, and always hoped he'd find a way to mend fences with Mick and reunite.  I think with today's political climate, they'd have more to say than ever. 

From their early punk pioneer sounds, to reggae themed tunes, they were far more versatile than their early competition, The Sex Pistols, by leaps and bounds. 

If you've not experienced Joe's greatness with The Clash before, I recommend checking out their more accessible songs; "London Calling", "Rock The Casbah", "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "Radio Clash", and my favorite of them all, "Train In Vain" to get you started.  From there, you can't go wrong with anything else they've done, if you're hooked.  I'm not as familiar with his solo work, and his band The Mescaleros, but they seem to be pretty well received, and the couple times I saw them perform on late night talkshows seemed pretty good.

So long, Joe!  You'll be missed.

 

-Robert
webmaster@retrocrush.com