Not your average Joe...



Blessed by Dionysus, cursed by the Harpies. Joe Strummer brought shamanism back into Rock and Roll, channeling a distinctly Celtic variant of the frenzy that possessed Iggy, Jim Morrison and the MC5 in the late 60s. Drugs, politics and ambition eventually doused that flame, but those who were there felt an energy the Clash's records barely even hinted at.

Joe would have been 57 today. I saw him a few months before he died and I can say that the spirit was as strong as ever, even if the flesh were feeling the effects of all of those endless Bacchanalias. We could use a few more where he came from.

11 comments:

  1. Yup. Posted on 12:22:00 of course. Sounds a bit like the Ramones to my admittedly unrefined ears.

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  2. My favorite Clash song is Rock the Casbah. We break to that song all the time. He also started a group called Big Audi Dynamite. I'm sure you know about it. Here's one of the famous songs. It was deeply influenced by the Hip Hop movement of the 80's.:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2StULuRAOM

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  3. My favorite is when crazy black dudes do it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aPiKMYe82o

    beeret

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  4. You should check this out too. Old band still making good music. With the high weirdness turned all the way up to 11!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBaxRYGtrkI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2rSLHZnTXk

    beeret

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  5. Thanks for this! Joe was simply the BEST.

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  6. If you were thinking Celtic mysticism than it wasn't Jim it was Van Morrison. I like them both but Van's album "The Philosophers Stone" just about sums it up.

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SGdd8TrkW4&feature=related

    ToothyGrinMatt

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  8. To me, The Clash represented the perfect storm. They weren't just three guys if you know what I mean.

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  9. "but those who were there felt an energy the Clash's records barely even hinted at."

    Not sure I agree with that-- seems like hyperbole. Personally I think it's all right there in the music... in his voice. But still a great post-- we sure could use some more Joes. Have you seen the future is unwritten? Great stuff.

    And I'll take old Jimmy over Van any day!

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  10. Great site, used to love the Clash back in the 70's...but are they another CIA front ?

    http://dangenbrack.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/the-clash-another-mi6mossad-front/

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