Friday, December 22, 2006

It was four years ago today that the world lost Joe Strummer, suddenly, shockingly, and decades too early. I still can't believe he is gone. As Stiff Little Fingers so rightly sing, we won't be playing Strummerville again.
I wish I had a copy of Let's Rock Again. I notice that you can now buy it on-line, so I'll have to look into that. No doubt I will have scads of excess Christmas moolah to spend shortly.
And in an example of life imitating art, or at least computer programs acknowledging history, today's Friday random shuffle playlist was heavily weighted toward Brit-pop, Mozart and M Ward being the only deviations. Appropriately, there is even one Clash song.
Here's the Strummerville edition of the Friday random playlist:
1. A scanner darkly - Primal Scream
2. Chinese translation - M Ward
3. Subterranean homesick alien - Radiohead
4. Rock the Casbah - the Clash
5. Horn concerto in E flat - Mozart
6. Is it wicked not to care - Belle and Sebastian
7. Dialogue: mandingo cliche - Belle and Sebastian
8. Please please please let me get what I want - the Smiths
9. How come - the Pogues
10. Stretch out and wait - the Smiths
Stay off the roads and away from the malls if at all possible, you gorgeous beings, it's bat-shit crazy out there.


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't hit a mall today if you paid me. Well, maybe then. Nice list. Have you ever seen the music doc New York Doll Barbara? The Morrissey tune plays at one point and it's heartbreaking.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, the Smiths tune. But it's Morrissey singing so you forgive me right? Please? I'll go to the mall for you.

Anonymous said...

Surely a great loss. Cliche as it might sound, imagine the band in heaven though, eh? I love the version of Redemption Song he did with Johnny Cash. Guess they can do it with Marley now. At least, that's what I'm making myself believe. It's nicer that way.

"Nobody said it was fair, oh."
-Joel Strummer ("Mondo Bongo"

Allison said...

That is quite possibly the finest Friday playlist I've seen, and holds one of my favourite Smiths songs. Ever.

I've never seen 'Lets Rock Again', its one of those - I can never seem to find dvds.

For 2007 I'm looking to never ever step foot in another mall. I have been scarred for life after this mornings 'Wal-Mart Super Centre' outing. I never want to cross the aisle from the frozen food section to socks and underware. Its just wrong.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You'd go to the mall to receive my forgiveness, Dale? The awesomeness of that act is so overwhelming, I have to go sit down.
I have not seen New York Doll. It's about the New York Dolls I assume? God I'm quick... Morrissey of course was their number one fan. I'd like to see that. Thanks for the rec.

It is nicer that way, John - much nicer. That's the way I'm going to picture Joe now as well. What a band they could have...

Allison, I just read your email describing the horrors of Super Walmart. I wish I could wipe those gruesome images from your mind for you. But perhaps the Smiths can help in a small way to let you get what you want.
Let's Rock Again is really hard to find. I think I am going to order it, but not till after Christmas. You know, just in case ...

Ocean said...

Thinking of you. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season.
May your holidays be filled with Joy and many Happy Memories.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thank you Ocean - that's very sweet of you! Merry Christms to you and all the best in the new year.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for remembering Joe. His music has had such a profound influence on my life. It helped to know that someone else out there is also thinking that things aren't right.

My best friend met Strummer just a few months before he died. Said he was a terrific guy. I posted about it last night.

My 12 year old son has started listening to the Clash! I guess as long as someone is listening to his music, Joe's never really dead, is he?

Anonymous said...

It's about Arthur 'Killer' Kane and a reunion of the New York Dolls that Morrissey orchestrated. It's worth the look Barbara and in the interest of shameless self promotion, have a read.

I'm glad I'm not a big druggie, I'd be such a pusher.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I just read your post, Johnny Yen, and it was beautiful. That's something that I could absolutely see Joe Strummer doing - he seemed like such a kind man.
My daughter was about 12 when she started listening to the Clash as well. We went out and rebought all the albums that got lost or damaged during the course of my wasted life. Now at 15, she is one of my main musical sources.

Dale, there is nothing wrong with a little shameless self-promotion now and then, especially when the promoter is such a disarming pusher. I shall read your post with glee (glee, I tell you!) as that sounds like a doc that I want to see.

Will said...

I remember being very sad and kinda shocked hearing about Joe Strummer's passing.

hilary m. said...

I was about 11 or 12 when I started liking the Clash. I remember watching Let's Rock Again at the Uptown. Happy Christmas Barbara and RIP Joe!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was shocking, Will. He was only 50 and seemed the picture of health.

I saw Let's Rock Again at the Uptown as well, Hilary. I wonder if we were there at the same time; I can't remember how many showings they had.
Merry Christmas to you as well and thanks for posting the guitar shred contest from colbertnation. hahaha!

She's Crafty said...

Oh Joe...*sigh*

I've probably complained enough about those damn shoppers.
I just have to make it through boxing week an then I will be scrambling to find something to do during the quiet season.

If I had a credit card there are two dvd's that I would instantly add to my collection:
"Let's Rock Again" being one of them and "Human Highway", Neil Young movie 1982.
Blast those hard to find movies.