‘Joe Strummer’s London Calling’: Listen to the entirety of The Clash frontman’s radio show
The legendary Joe Strummer was gone all too soon. Dying on December 22nd in 2002, the lead singer of The Clash left behind a legacy of thought-provoking and utterly authentic work. He was, to all intents and purposes; the real deal.
Shortly before his death in 2002, the singer had turned his talents away from his current band the Mescaleros to radio broadcasting, if only for 8 episodes. Below we’re bringing you all 8 episodes as a window into the mind, body, and soul of the legendary Joe Strummer.
The singer took on the radio broadcast in two stints, between 1998 – 1999 and 2000 – 2001. During this time, Joe Strummer lit up the BBC Radio airwaves with some pure and unbridled joy in the form of one of the most eclectic playlists likely ever assembled.
“Joe was the ultimate communicator,” says Julien Temple, director of the Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten documentary. “He made his global audience feel they knew him on a uniquely personal level; intimate, irreverent and inspirational at the same time.”
One thing that is very quick and easy to hear from the shows is that Strummer, unlike many of his punk counterparts, was an avid listener and lover of music. From Balkan folk to the more obscure regions of electro, there wasn’t a genre that Strummer couldn’t find value in – if only for fuel for his burning wit.
Admittedly, he had a certain duty to pick tunes from the far reaches of the globe, he was on BBC World Service after all, but the fact that he speaks with such authority and veracity on these little known genres and bands shows off his vastly talented ear.
Below is a playlist of every ‘Joe Strummer’s London Calling’ show currently circulating the deepest darkest web, they can be found without the litigation here too. It’s a small insight into the passion and purity that Strummer held for music, and the power he truly believed it possessed. Listen below to some of Joe Strummer’s rarely heard radio shows.