Strummer Album Takes It To The 'Street'
The final album from late Clash principal Joe Strummer will be released Oct. 7 via Hellcat/Epitaph.The final album from late Clash principal Joe Strummer will be released Oct. 7 via Hellcat/Epitaph. Titled "Streetcore," the set was assembled by Strummer's former bandmates the Mescaleros and drawn from sessions recorded prior to the artist's sudden death last December.
Although the track list has not yet been announced, among the cuts that have made the album is a Rick Rubin-produced cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song."
The finished tracks did require additional recording from the Mescaleros, a process which group members described as "the hardest bit." Writing in January on Strummer's official Web site, the group said, "Up until now we were just putting stuff down to see what works. Now we've got to decide what works and what doesn't."
It has been a bittersweet year for the family, friends and fans of Strummer, one of the most beloved and influential figures in rock. In February, a group including Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello performed the Clash's "London Calling" in tribute to Strummer at the Grammy Awards. In March, the Clash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Strummer's widow Lucy accepting the honor on his behalf.
The Clash's legacy was further celebrated with the CD and DVD packages "The Essential Clash," released by Epic.