I never got to meet Joe Strummer, but one time I was at a bar in Toronto and saw this guy who looked exactly like him – he was standing there, hanging out by himself, having a drink. I was almost going to ask him if he was Joe, but didn’t feel right about it. What the hell would Joe Strummer be doing here by himself, right? Turns out, The Mescaleros had played a show earlier that night at another bar down the road, and it actually was him. I missed my chance, and not long after that he passed away. That was eight years ago on this day, Dec 22, 2002 and that’s my Joe Strummer story.
Regardless, no matter what type of musician you are, you should know about The Clash. Great songs, incredible performance energy, pure integrity, a sense of purpose and lyrics that have intense meaning. It’s pretty much the definitive checklist any band should work toward. Have a look at WestWay To The World if you’ve never had the chance. Or give it as a gift to a musician you know and tell them to watch it. Three times.