Dark Horse Records continues its celebration of Joe Strummer featuring today’s premiere of the official Lance Bangs-directed music video for “Fantastic,” featuring never-before-seen footage from the Joe Strummer Archive, streaming now via YouTube HERE. The unreleased track is among the highlights found on Joe Strummer 002: The Mescalero Yearsthe first-ever complete collection highlighting Strummer’s work with his post-Clash band, The Mescaleros, available now on 4CD with 72-page book and 7LP with 32-page book, special-edition packaging and exclusive 12-page art print “x12” .
‘Fantastic’ marks one of Strummer’s last recordings, with vocals recorded in December 2002 at famed Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales, just weeks after Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros played their final gig at the ‘University of Liverpool November 22, 2002. Emotional accompanying video to the track, directed by acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll filmmaker Lance Bangs (Nirvana, Sonic Youth) and featuring archival footage shot by Strumer, Dick Rude, Julien Temple, Don Letts and Josh Cheuse, plus a special cameo by Eddie Vedder and spoken word introduction by Strummer.
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Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years includes remastered editions of the band’s three studio albums, as well as 15 rare and previously unreleased tracks covering early demos Strummer wrote for The Mescaleros, as well as outtakes from their later sessions. Executive produced by Joe’s widow Lucinda Tait and produced by David Zonshine, the lavishly curated box set also includes exclusive new interviews with Strummer’s friends, collaborators and Mescaleros bandmates, as well as handwritten notes, lyrics and artwork. unreleased Strummer from the Joe Strummer Archives.
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“Music is ready to be re-evaluated…The Mescaleros blended world music with dark jazzy folk…creating some of the best bearing Joe’s name.” – MOJO (****)
“Despite the varying conditions that fueled it, all of this music comes identifiably from one place: that unique area immediately recognizable as Strummerville, a neighborhood that can feel as intimate as the walk from your front door. entrance to the corner store, but stretching all around the world… Strummer may have left his future unwritten, but all of these songs are like handwritten notes, pointing the way forward.–UNCUT (Reissue of the Month , 8/10)
“All of this paints a hopeful yet ultimately sad story of a punk rock recording legend who truly found his place, only to be stopped by an untimely death. The listener is, at once, grateful that all is there and nostalgic for what might have happened next.- POPMATTERS (9/10)
“One thing Joe certainly never lost was the ability to make succinct, and sometimes truly eloquent, observations via the somewhat limited support of verses and verses in Rock ‘n’ Roll songs. His sense of economy and poetics was truly exceptional and the journey from the full-throttle attack of The Clash’s debut album to his subsequent work with The Mescaleros, artistically wise, was rich and layered.This lovingly packaged box set sums that up perfectly and in dark and brooding times like this, a few days to absorb it all provides a welcome antidote to many of the senseless human convulsions reverberating around us at this time… A must-have acquisition for all Strummer aficionados and fans alike. Do you, Joe.- STRONGER THAN WAR
“While the Clash may have been ‘the only band that matters’, Strummer’s last band, the Mescaleros, were pretty darn awesome. Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years argues that at the time of his death he was part some of the most vibrant music of his career…Worth its weight simply for containing remastered versions of all three Mescaleros albums, but the copious liner notes, ephemera and a bonus disc of demos and rarities make it essential. MUSIC
“(Strummer’s) songs with the Mescaleros are intertwined with stoner jokes, moral rage and the dream of trans-global resistance. Punk rock could combine with Algerian raï, dub reggae and campfire rave. All good things would fit… The music seems to resonate more than ever. The Lost Prophet Strummer must have known this would happen. -CLASSIC ROCK
Although best known as the frontman of The Clash, Strummer produced some of the most thrilling work of his career with The Mescaleros. “Everything that’s happening to me now is just a fluke,” Strummer said during this time. “I learned that fame is an illusion and it’s all a joke. I’m much more dangerous now, because I don’t really care.
Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years sheds light on this intense period of creativity from 1999 to 2002, bringing together for the first time such extraordinary albums as Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (1999), Global A Go-Go (2001) and the posthumous Streetcore (2003), as well as Vibes Compass, a brand new compilation of 15 B-sides and rarities, covering early demos of some of the early tracks Strummer wrote for The Mescaleros (such as “The Road To Rock ‘N ‘ Roll”, “X-Ray Style” and “Techno D-Day”, as well as “Secret Agent Man”, previously unreleased), to the original recordings of Joe’s last sessions, including excerpts from “Get Down Moses”, ” Coma Girl” and the new unreleased song “Fantastic”. All albums are remastered by three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks (The Beatles, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie) especially for the release and are packaged with full new liner notes , never-before-seen images and four reproductions of lyrics. chord sheets and charts from the Strummer archives.
“There’s so much great music that Joe left us in his archive,” says Strummer’s widow and Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years executive producer Lucinda Tait. “We started this work last year with ‘001’, so focusing on Joe’s work with The Mescaleros was a natural second step on ‘002’ because those songs he did with them just seemed to resonate so strong and reinvigorate his connection with his audience to a level he hadn’t experienced since his days with The Clash.
“He was so excited to work with the Mescaleros and the reception he got from the press and the fans was amazing, it gave him a whirlwind of energy and confidence and he was creative and happy.
“His words are so beautiful and honest and with the Mescaleros some fantastic tracks were created and listening to some of the tracks recorded as outtakes for me was really special.”
2022 marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of the legendary Joe Strummer. A punk poet, musician, songwriter, actor and style icon, Strummer has spent his life breaking musical and cultural boundaries both as lead 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 voice to working class struggles, Strummer’s politically charged lyrics struck a chord with legions of fans and the press, with Rolling Stone calling The Clash “the greatest band in rock & roll.” roll of the world”. He once said, “Without people, you are nothing.” Through his art, Joe Strummer has helped shape the world’s musical landscape and left an unparalleled and timeless legacy.