Joe StrummerOne Last 'Street'
Almost a year after the death of Joe Strummer comes "Streetcore," the final release from the former Clash frontman with his band the Mescaleros. Due this week on Hellcat/Epitaph, the posthumous album features eight originals and two covers, including a moving version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" produced by Rick Rubin.
"The record was made in several bursts, beginning in February 2002," explains Mescaleros keyboardist Martin Slattery, who finished the album with the band's guitarist, Scott Shields. "The final recordings took place in early December last year. But Joe left elaborately detailed notes about how he saw the album. We put the record and the sleeve together from that."
Other tracks include the single "Coma Girl" and the instrumental "Midnight Jam," of which the Mescaleros report, "the four of us just got in there, jammed, slowed the bass down and just dubbed around it, without changing anything."
Strummer died Dec. 22, 2002, from a heart attack at the age of 50.