Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years [Deluxe Boxset)

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Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years [Deluxe Boxset)

Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years [Deluxe Boxset)

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Released: 16th September 2022. 2022 marks 20 years since the passing of the legendaryJoe Strummer. While best known as the frontman forThe Clash, between 1999-2002 Strummer producedsome of his most exciting work alongside The marks twenty years since the passing of the legendary Joe Strummer. Punk poet, musician, composer, actor, and style icon, 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. Alongside Joe Strummer, the newly relaunched Dark Horse Records roster also includes Billy Idol, Leon Russell, Benmont Tench and others. For more information, please visit

George Harrison’s passion for introducing the world to new music expressed itself in May of 1974 when he created his own new label – Dark Horse Records. The label contained a variety of talented artists on its roster, including George himself. While best known as the front man for The Clash, Strummer produced some of the most exciting work of his career with The Mescaleros. “ 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 to focus on Joe’s work with The Mescaleros was the natural second step on ‘002’ because those songs he made with them just seemed to resonate so strongly and reinvigorated his connection with his audience at a level he hadn’t experienced since his days with The Clash. T HE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “2022 marks 20 years since the passing of the legendary Joe Strummer. While best known as the frontman for The Clash, between 1999-2002 Strummer produced some of his most exciting work alongside The Mescaleros.You have the right to free speech, as long as you’re not dumb enough to try it!”. Those lyrics from the late Joe Strummer have probably never had more genuine resonance in our lifetimes than within the current social climate, which makes the new ‘Joe Strummer 002 The Mescaleros years’ box set, a timely and important release. Selected items are only available for delivery via the Royal Mail 48® service and other items are available for delivery using this service for a charge.

Dark Horse Records is celebrating what would have been Joe Strummer’s 70th birthday on Sunday, 21 August with today’s premiere of ‘ Fantastic‘, available now at all DSPs and streaming services. His words are so beautiful and honest and together with the Mescaleros some fantastic tunes were created and to listen to some of the tunes recorded as outtakes for me was really special.” I think when you have a communal sound, the listener feels like they can be part of that community.” In the meantime, ‘002’ is a must-have acquisition for all Strummer aficionados and fans. Rest empowered, Joe. Continuing the celebrations around Joe’s 70th birthday this weekend, longtime Strummer fan Eddie Vedder has covered ‘ Long Shadow‘ from the posthumous Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros album, Streecore.


While best known as the front man for The Clash, Strummer produced some of the most exciting work of his career with The Mescaleros. Strummer said during this period: “All that’s happening for me now is just a chancer’s bluff. Looking at the world right now, many of us can only speculate as to what Joe would have made of the mass hysteria surrounding the passing of Elizabeth Windsor, the Ukraine conflict and acceleration of the western capitalist war machine, the neo-Fascist posturing of this arcane Tory Government and in broad terms, an era in which the interests of common people worldwide are evermore undermined by the energies of greed, power and profit. In a recent interview with Jeff Slate, Joe’s widow Lucinda Tait remarked that she was sure he’d be furiously busy ”banging away on his typewriter” if he was here today and it’s a vision which many across the world will share wistfully. When Joe Strummer passed, the west lost one of its most acutely tuned cultural observers and this box set provides beautifully assembled evidence of that.

An official video featuring drawings and handwritten lyrics found in the Joe Strummer Archive is streaming now at YouTube HERE. interviews with Joe's friends, collaborators and TheMescaleros band members, plus never-before-seenhandwritten notes, lyrics, and drawings by Joe takenfrom the Joe Strummer Archive. He was so excited to work with the Mescaleros and the reception he got from the press and fans was incredible, it gave him a whirlwind of energy and confidence and he was creatively fulfilled and happy. J oe Strummer had quite an outstanding second act. For those who needed convincing, BMG/Ignition Records released Joe Strummer 001 in 2018, a double compilation that caught listeners up on the legendary punk singer’s post- Clash career. For those who need no convincing but remain completists at heart, there’s now Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years, a box set spanning a short but productive phase in Strummer’s career. Joe Strummer 002 combines all three albums released by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros between 1999 and 2003 and adds a fourth collection of mostly studio demos and outtakes named Vibes Compass. days ago Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Announce Australian Dates for ‘The River Is Rising-Rest of the World Tour 2024’Lucinda Tait will appear on a special ‘CFATR RESITANCE STREET RADIO SHOW’ dedicated to the ‘002’ release in October (Date to be announced) with Robin Banks, Dr Louise Raw and Richard David. The show will be aired ‘live’ on the PORTOBELLO RADIO platform in West London, with an accompanying podcast to be released shortly afterwards. Coming after the 2018 ‘001’ release, it pays fitting tribute to the recordings of a man who deeply touched the lives of so many people. What I’d dearly love to hear now is an ‘OO3’ set comprising of ‘live’ performances within the years covered in this release and I’m sure I will not be alone in anticipation of that. In the aforementioned interview, Lucinda hinted that the well is not dry concerning such a prospect, a welcome assurance I’m sure for many of us. The world may well have not yet heard the last from Joe Strummer and in my book, that’s a damned good thing. I learned that fame is an illusion and everything about it is just a joke. I’m far more dangerous now, because I don’t care at all.” If you think you miss Joe Strummer now, by the time you get to the end of this boxset, you are really going to miss the guy. What an impact, what an amazing musician, what an amazing human being, a great artist, and this boxset perfectly captures the man, the music and the moment, I’m so glad this came out.”

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