Dark Horse Records Releases Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years
Today Dark Horse Records is releasing Joe Strummer 002: The Mescalero Years, the first-ever comprehensive collection highlighting Strummer’s work with his post-Clash band, The Mescaleros. The collection includes remastered editions of the band’s three studio albums, as well as 15 rare and previously unreleased tracks spanning early demos Joe wrote for the Mescaleros, as well as the unreleased cover of 2002’s “Secret Agent Man” that was discovered in the Joe Strummer archives and has been identified as one of the last songs he recorded, along with other unreleased tracks including “Fantastic” and “Ocean Of Dreams”, featuring Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on guitar , as well as excerpts from Joe’s last sessions with the Mescaleros. This lavishly curated box set was produced by Joe’s widow, Lucinda Tait, and produced by David Zonshine. It includes exclusive new interviews with Joe’s friends, collaborators and Mescaleros band members, as well as previously unreleased handwritten notes, lyrics and artwork by Strummer from the Joe Strummer Archives. The release arrives everywhere today on 4 CDs with a 72-page book and 7 LPs with a 32-page book, special edition packaging, and an exclusive 12″x12″ art print.
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The box set has already received the endorsement of Henry Rollins, who said of JOE STRUMMER 002: THE MESCALEROS YEARS: “If you think you miss Joe strummer now, by the time you get to the end of this box set, you are really going to miss this guy. What an impact, what an amazing musician, what an amazing human being, a great artist, and this box set perfectly captures the man, the music and the moment. I’m so glad it came out.
Although best known as the frontman of The Clash, Strummer produced some of the most thrilling work of his career with The Mescaleros. “Everything that’s happening to me now is just a fluke,” Strummer said during this time. “I learned that fame is an illusion and it’s all a joke. I’m much more dangerous now, because I don’t care at all.
Joe Strummer 002: The Mescalero Years highlights this intense period of creativity from 1999 to 2002, bringing together for the first time such extraordinary albums as Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (1999), Global A Go-Go (2001) and the posthumous Streetcore (2003) , as well as Vibes Compass, a brand new compilation of 15 B-sides and rarities, covering early demos of some of the early tracks Strummer wrote for The Mescaleros (such as “The Road To Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “X -Ray Style” and “Techno D-Day”, plus previously unreleased “Secret Agent Man”, to original recordings of Joe’s latest sessions, including excerpts from “Get Down Moses”, “Coma Girl”, and the never- new song already heard, “Fantastic”. All albums are remastered by engineer Paul Hicks (The Beatles, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie), three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, especially for the release and are packed with full new liner notes, never-before-seen footage, and four reproductions of lyrics. chord sheets and charts from the Strummer archives.
“There’s so much great music that Joe left us in his archive,” says Strummer’s widow and Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years executive producer Lucinda Tait. “We started this work last year with ‘001’, so focusing on Joe’s work with The Mescaleros was a natural second step on ‘002’ because those songs he did with them just seemed to resonate so strong and reinvigorate his connection with his audience to a level he hadn’t experienced since his days with The Clash.
“He was so excited to work with the Mescaleros and the reception he got from the press and the fans was amazing, it gave him a whirlwind of energy and confidence and he was creative and happy.
“His words are so beautiful and honest and with the Mescaleros some fantastic tracks were created and listening to some of the tracks recorded as outtakes for me was really special.”
2022 marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of the legendary Joe Strummer. A punk poet, musician, songwriter, actor and style icon, Strummer has spent his life breaking musical and cultural boundaries both as lead singer of The Clash and as a solo artist. His songs sound as urgent and vital today as when they were written. Calling out social injustices and giving voice to working class struggles, Strummer’s politically charged lyrics struck a chord with legions of fans and the press, with Rolling Stone calling The Clash “the greatest band in rock & roll.” roll of the world”. He once said, “Without people, you are nothing.” Through his art, Joe Strummer has helped shape the world’s musical landscape and left an unparalleled and timeless legacy.