RIP Joe Strummer

Thought I’d give a shout out today to the late Mr. Joe Strummer, lead singer and guitarist from the British punk rock outfit, The Clash. On this date 8 years ago we lost this exceptional musician.

Those that are familiar with The Clash know that calling them simply a punk rock band would be an understatement. Their music incorporated elements of reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, dance, and rockabilly. Joe, along with Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, and Nicky Headon created the rebellious attitude and musical experimentation that had a profound influence on alternative rock. They were dubbed, and widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters”. Their landmark album, London Calling, brought them to popularity in the US in 1979 and has been widely considered as the best album of the 1980’s. Being a child of the 80’s, I agree 100%.

In 2003, the band was inducted to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. At the band’s induction, the Clash was said to be “considered one of the most overtly political, explosive and exciting bands in rock and roll history.” In 2004 Rolling Stone ranked them #30 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of all Time.

Though the band many different musical elements, it is the dub/reggae sounds that really turned me on initially. The incorporation of reggae ‘riddims’ in such a puck rock atmosphere is intoxicating. Check out this cover of the classic Junior Murvin song, Police and Theives. It is found on their debut album, The Clash. enjoy.

So hats off to Joe Strummer. The man behind the genius of The Clash. You will always be missed.

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