Punk poet, musician, composer, actor, and style icon, Joe Strummer spent his life smashing musical and cultural boundaries both as the singer of The Clash and as a solo artist. His songs sound as urgent and vital today as when they were written. Calling out social injustices and giving a voice to the struggles of the working class, Strummer’s politically-charged lyrics struck a chord with legions of fans.
“People can change anything they want to,” he famously once said, “and that means everything in the world.” Through his art, Joe Strummer played his part in shaping the musical landscape of the world and with it left an unrivalled and timeless legacy.
‘Assembly’ showcases carefully curated remastered singles, from the Joe Strummer solo catalogue, including ‘Coma Girl,’ ‘Johnny Appleseed’, ‘Yalla Yalla’ (with The Mescaleros), his rendition of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song’ and soundtrack contributions like ‘Love Kills’ (from the 1986 film ‘Sid and Nancy’).
The 16-track compilation features three previously unreleased versions of classic The Clash tracks, including the never-before-heard recording of ‘Junco Partner’ and electrifying live performances of ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ and ‘I Fought The Law’ recorded by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros at London’s Brixton Academy on 24th November 2001. In addition, ‘Assembly’ includes exclusive liner notes written especially for this collection by musician, Jakob Dylan.
Due to be released 26th March on Limited Edition 2xLP Red vinyl, gatefold 2xLP 180g black vinyl, CD and digitally for streaming and download; pre-orders are available now here.
Discovered deep in the legendary artist’s vaults on a hand-labelled cassette tape, ‘Junco Partner’ was a constant throughout Joe’s career. This previously unreleased home recording of ‘Junco Partner’ sees Strummer wailing through the song with just a guitar, offering an intimate insight into his unique vocal delivery and distinctive driving rhythmic guitar playing.
Check out the video created by Spencer Ramsey, below:
I Fought The Law (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 24 November 2001) *
Rudie Can’t Fail (Live at Brixton Academy, London, 24 November 2001) *
At The Border, Guy
Junco Partner (Acoustic) *
* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED