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Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

As frontman and main songwriter of the Clash, Joe Strummer created some of the fieriest, most vital punk rock -- and, indeed, rock & roll -- of all time. Strummer expanded punk's musical palette with his fondness for reggae and early rock & roll, and his signature bellow lent an impassioned urgency to the political sloganeering that filled some of his best songs. After the Clash disbanded in 1986, Strummer sporadically pursued film acting and released the occasional solo album, though seemingly only when it suited him. Joe Strummer was born John Graham Mellor on August 21, 1952, when his father, a diplomat, was stationed in Ankara, Turkey. During his time at London boarding schools, the teenage Strummer immersed himself in rock and reggae, and began busking on the streets under his newly adopted stage name. In 1974, he formed the pub rock group the 101'ers, and though they rocked pretty hard, they couldn't quite match the raw fire Strummer discovered when he saw Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols. Strummer promptly quit pub rock to join the fledgling punk movement, and co-founded the Clash in 1976; the rest was history. Six albums, many more singles and EPs, and one frequently brilliant body of work later, the Clash broke up amidst rancorous infighting and uncertainty of direction. Strummer contributed two songs to the soundtrack of Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy, a 1986 chronicle of the doomed Sex Pistols bassist; the two hit it off so well that Strummer acted in Cox's next two films, Walker (which Strummer also scored) and the bizarre Western Straight to Hell. His relaxed, natural screen presence earned him further work with directors Robert Frank (1987's Candy Mountain) and Jim Jarmusch (1989's acclaimed Mystery Train); Strummer also wrote five songs for the soundtrack of 1988's Permanent Record. In 1989, Strummer released his first solo album, Earthquake Weather, which blended straight-up rock & roll with touches of world music. However, following a temporary stint filling in for Shane MacGowan in the Pogues (both as rhythm guitarist and in-concert lead vocalist), Strummer largely fell silent after the very early '90s. The first peep of a return to the music scene occurred in 1996, when Strummer appeared on the Black Grape single "England's Irie." The following year, Strummer scored the John Cusack hitman comedy Grosse Pointe Blank, which relied heavily on new wave and British ska revival for its song selections. In 1999, Strummer released his second solo album, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, which largely forsook straight-ahead rock & roll in favor of eclectic, rhythmic, world music flavored compositions, plus elaborate singer/songwriter-ish lyrics. Strummer further refined this new direction with the follow-up, 2001's Global A-Go-Go. In December 2002, he was in the midst of recording his fourth solo album when he died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Somerset. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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I thought hurricane weather was a great album love Joe Strummer rest in peace buddy
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milosdad
One of my favorite vocalists. Very impassioned and full of soul.
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progpond3
Strummer was the penultimate punk rocker. Even in death, he didn't die like some bloated rock star of a drug overdose choking on a stripper's vomit or something, he died of an undiagnosed heart defect coming home after walking his dog. One last big middle finger to the rock establishmen t .
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lhenry390
I love Joe! His music is timeless!
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jam1g
I don't have many if any idols.Joe was it.Tremendou s amount of respect for this man.Warts and all.
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I love Joe
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I absolutely, undoubtedly and unconditiona l l y Love Joe Strummer ..! I wish he would have made more music and lived longer than he did. ..What a rare musical genius he was.
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Dont**
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I woldnt call what bobonnit puts on here reviews if you dont like a band or a song do f**king listen to it
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man, something smells bad on this page. . . like a colostomy bag exploded. . . oh, just another review by that cretin bobbonnit
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Liked him when he was with 'The Clash' Sorry he died too young. He made great music
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Roots Rock Rebel. i miss him...
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Wow...Bobonn i t , is nothing but a troll, just look at his page.
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♪♪♪♪♪♪ ♥ : ) Joe Strummer ♪♪♪♪♪ : ) : ) : )
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The Clash sucked and were one of the most over rated groups of all time. Their contribution to music was miniscule except in the minds of people with tin ears who repeat the bleating of other sheep who heard the Clash were somehow talented and made some real impact.
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One of

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Died in 2001 not 2002 *
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when he stepped away from the clash and the limelight,,, was when Joe Strummer was his best!
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jim4223
I am a Clash fan from waaaay back, just discovered his work with the Mescalero's a few months ago, Streecore is an amazing album, it needs to be listened to several times to appreciate fully. I can count on one hand the artists that I will sorely miss when they pass, Joe being one of them. He is a true human being in a world of plastic people.
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Burning like a church on fire.
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pcomfort3
I MISS THIS GUY EVERYDAY. HE WAS MY GREATEST MUSICAL INFLUENCE
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Your one of many, Jack. Glad your still with us...
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joe strummer saved my life.
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bergstrom.se a t t l e
Joe Strummer wasn't ahead of his time, he was a Genius of his Time!! He was the spokes-perso n for his and future Generations, he stood up for the working man, the working-clas s and like-minded people.
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Joe, was way ahead of his time, his talent is unmatched.
A true rock legend, that has made a mark in history
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Joe never seemed comfortable as a solo, so it's odd to see his Pandora bio refer to 'Rock Art and the X-Ray Style' and 'Global A-Go-Go' as solo projects. Working with the Mescaleros gave him rein to record and release again -- and without their determinatio n and effort, there'd be no 'Streetcore' , a lovely epitaph. Not so solo.
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what a gift he was, so much deeper than The Clash
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old school
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joudsema
Joe was the man.
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skavolution
as much as I love the clash, his solo stuff is unreal... amazing
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Wonderful music. Wish Joe was still around.
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sivory2001
loved the Clash but The last 3 releases from Joe & the Mescaleros are still my favorite new music of the 2000's
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A great person, a great poet, and my favorite guitar player
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Joe was the best... I miss the Clash, I miss him, I miss my teenager time...
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LONG LIVE THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL
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what a crappy bio for such a great man
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few could do this...
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I miss Joe... It's always the good things that end up going away before they reach their full effect...
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Joe Strummer was my generation's John Lennon, both are unmatched songwriters, visionaries, world peace advocates and stood up against slavery, poverty, and hunger.....I truly miss you, Joe....
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joe strummer and the clash didnt just knock down barriers for punk music, he made it truly his own. RIP joe
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Joe is a genius, one of the most infeuntcial people in modern music, ever. I miss you, Joe! Thank you for all the priceles tunes and poetry.
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I miss you Joe..
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Coooooma girl!
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I saw the bio of Joe on the Sundance Channel Sun 1/25/09 and although I love the Clash and Joe, I never realized how powerful he was and how driven he was to change the world. Phenomenal band, music and person. He changed the rock world and we are all better for this...
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wpbaity
RIP
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rachel_r3
I want Junco Partner, The live version. That is his BEST SONG!!
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The greatest of all time!
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the MAN

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