Thursday, December 22, 2011

Joe Strummer Day 2011

As part of CJAM FM's second annual Joe Strummer Day marathon, where we confront issues related to poverty in the Windsor/Detroit area and surround it with the music of Joe Strummer as a back drop, I contributed two programs this year. Both of them were very different and both of them were two hours each. 

Joe Strummer Day Part One:  Rarities Show

The first program aired at 1 AM - 3 AM on CJAM following this years Joe Strummer Day kick off program by programmer Vern Smith of CJAM's Jazz Hacienda. This program was two hours of rare and for the most part harder to find material from the music of Joe Strummer, and the related groups he has been associated with. The program featured live recordings, demos, and songs from a variety of soundtracks from The Clash, The Mescaleros, Latino Rockabilly War, The 101ers and Joe Strummer solo.

Rarities Show - Joe Strummer Day Play List One:

  1. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Johnny Appleseed (Live Acton Town Hall 2002)
  2. Joe Strummer – Slant Six (Earthquake Weather 1989)
  3. Joe Strummer – King of the Bayou (Earthquake Weather 1989)
  4. Joe Strummer – Punk Rock Blues (Gangsterville EP 1989)
  5. The Clash – You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking at the Cover (London Calling Rehearsal Demo)
  6. The Clash – Louie Louie (Sandinista! Outtake)
  7. The Clash – Jimmy Jazz (From Here To Eternity II)
  8. The Clash – London’s Burning (1976 Mickey Foote Demos)
  9. The Clash – Career Opportunities (1976 Mickey Foote Demos)
  10. The Clash – Janie Jones (1976 Polydor Demo)
  11. The Clash – Deadly Serious (Live 1976)
  12. Latino Rockabilly War - Theme From Permanent Record (Permanent Record Original Soundtrack 1988)
  13. Joe Strummer – Mystery At Ambush Rock (Straight To Hell Original Soundtrack 1987)
  14. Latino Rockabilly War – Trash City (Permanent Record Original Soundtrack 1988)
  15. Joe Strummer & The Pogues – London Calling Live (The Pogues Boxset 2008)
  16. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros– Time and Tide (Yalla Yalla EP 1999)
  17. Joe Strummer – Phantom County Fair (When Pigs Fly Soundtrack 1993)
  18. The Clash – In The Pouring Rain (Live) (The Future Is Unwritten Soundtrack 2007)
  19. The Clash – Know Your Rights (Alt Version) (Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg)
  20. The Clash – Good Times Roll (Rude Boy: The Directors Cut 1980)
  21. The Clash – House of the Ju Ju Queen (Demo)
  22. The Clash – Safe European Home (Give'Em Enough Rope Outtake Version)
  23. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – London Is Burning (Burning Streets) (Alternate Version)
  24. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Blitzkreig Bop (Live) (Coma Girl Single 2003)
  25. Joe Strummer & Long Beach Dub Allstars – The Harder They Come (Free The West Memphis 3 2000)
  26. The Clash – Long Time Jerk (7 Inch Version) (Rock The Casbah Single 1982)
  27. 101ers – Sweety of the St. Moritz (Elgin Avenue Breakdown Revisited 2005)
  28. The Clash -  Where You Gonna Go (Soweto) (Vanilla Tapes Demo) (London Calling: 25th Anniversary Legacy Edition 2004)
  29. The Clash – The Man In Me (Vanilla Tapes Demo) (London Calling: 25th Anniversary Legacy Edition 2004)
  30. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – (Whiteman) In Hammersmith Palais (Live at The 100 Club – July 2000)

Joe Strummer Day Part Two:  Sandinista Now!

    The second program that I did focused on the album Sandinista! Airing from 1 PM – 3 PM, the show featured discussions on the album, its mystery and why some people like it and some people dislike it. Joining me on the program was Vern Smith (of Jazz Hacienda), Martin Deck (Wake The Town), and Mike Konstantino a local musician and Clash fan.  A lot was discussed on air, download the program below to hear it all, but first a quick blurb about Sandinista!

    Sandinista! is an often misunderstood piece of music in The Clash catalogue. Originally released as a triple LP in 1980, the album is known for featuring a variety of genres and styles and having a lot of material ranging from Reggae Dub and Rockabilly, to Jazz, Folk and Gospel. Clocking in at about two and a half hours, the album followed the bands third full length LP London Calling, which was a double album. When it was initially released the album was sold for the price of a single LP, despite having six sides of music on it. As part of a deal with CBS, the band forfeited a large number of royalties (rumoured to be the first 200,000 copies) in order to have the album released as a triple.

    Many Clash fans argue that if it were a single or double album, it would have been a stronger release, but the way it is now is seen by some as a flawed masterpiece. When Sandinista! was released in 1980, it should also be noted that a more streamlined version of the album was sent out to radio stations and the press for promotional purposes, it was titled Sandinista Now!  The track listing of this release was “Police On My Back”, “Somebody Got Murdered”, “The Call Up”, “Washington Bullets”, “Ivan Meets G.I. Joe” and “Hitsville UK” on one side followed by “Up In Heaven (Not Only Here)”, “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Leader”, “Junco Partner”, “One More Time” and “The Sound of the Sinners” .  This only adds further debate to the single/double album Sandinista! discussion, but listen for yourself to decide, Sandinista! love it or hate it is a musical statement from a band that was referred to as the only band that matters and one that people can still return to and discover something new.

    Sandinista Now! - Joe Strummer Day Play List Two:

    1. The Clash – The Magnificent Dance (Super Black Market Clash 2000)
    2. The Clash – The Leader (Sandinista! 1980)
    3. The Clash -  Somebody Got Murdered (Sandinista! 1980)
    4. The Clash -  The Sound of the Sinners (Sandinista! 1980)
    5. The Clash -  Police On My Back (Sandinista! 1980)
    6. The Clash -  The Equalizer (Sandinista! 1980)
    7. The Clash -  The Call Up (Sandinista! 1980)
    8. The Clash -  Washington Bullets (Sandinista! 1980)
    9. The Clash -  Broadway (Sandinista! 1980)
    10. The Clash -  Rebel Waltz (Sandinista! 1980)
    11. The Clash -  Lose The Skin (Sandinista! 1980)
    12. The Clash -  Charlie Don’t Surf (Sandinista! 1980)
    13. The Clash -  One More Time (Sandinista! 1980)
    14. The Clash – The Street Parade (Sandinista! 1980)
    15. The Clash -  Silicon On Sapphire (Sandinista! 1980)
    16. The Clash -  Hitsville UK (Sandinista! 1980)

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