Global a Go-Go

Global a Go-Go

by Joe Strummer & the MescalerosJoe Strummer & the Mescaleros

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Overview

Second acts in punk rock are rare, but after a lengthy intermission, Joe Strummer is once again in the spotlight. When he had nothing to say -- a span that lasted a good decade -- his lips were sealed. But having gotten back into the groove on 1999's Rock, Art and the X-Ray Style, the raw-throated punk pioneer seems to be committed to restoring his legacy -- a goal he achieves on this lively outing. The former Clash frontman, who once provided the voice for "the only band that matters," proves that two decades on he's still got a flair for fuel-injecting roots-based sounds until they speed around the synapses at a NASCAR-ready pace. As befits the title of this, Strummer's second Mescalero-enhanced outing, he engages in a bit of globe-trotting, much as he did on the Clash's sprawling Sandinista! and presents his ragged vocals in a Tom Waits-like mélange of country fiddle, dark tropical percussion, and wheezy accordion, to name just a few of the sonic surprises. Stopovers include the Caribbean (whence springs the sultry "Bhindi Bhajee"), old Havana (the underpinning of "Mondo Bongo"), and the Emerald Isle (the source of the Celtic melody that buoys "Minstrel Boy"). The vistas are scenic, but the vigor that pulses through more straightforward numbers like the folk-punk thrasher "Johnny Appleseed" shows that the fire in Strummer's soul burns brightest when he stays close to home. Even so, one glance at Joe Strummer's Global A Go-Go vacation pictures makes many punk pretenders' artistic statements seem like pale snapshots. Welcome home, Joe.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2001
Label: Hellcat Records
UPC: 0045778044023
catalogNumber: 80440
Rank: 9190

Tracks

  1. Johnny Appleseed
  2. Cool 'N' Out
  3. Global a Go-Go
  4. Bhindi Bhagee
  5. Gamma Ray
  6. Mega Bottle Ride
  7. Shaktar Donetsk
  8. Mondo Bongo
  9. Bummed Out City
  10. At the Border, Guy
  11. Minstrel Boy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros   Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey   Vocals
Joe Strummer   Vocals
Tymon Dogg   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,spanish guitar
Scott Shields   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bongos,Drums,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bells,Loops
Antony Genn   Strings,Loops
Pablo Cook   Harmonica,Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Bells,Noise,Glass Harmonica,Bodhran,Shaker,Guiro,screams,Cuban Percussion,Udu
Martin Slattery   Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,French Horn,Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Melodica,Hammered Dulcimer,Wurlitzer,Drones,Fuzz Guitar,Hammond B3
Richard Flack   Cymbals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Strummer   Producer,Audio Production
Scott Shields   Producer,Audio Production
Pablo Cook   Sound Effects,Whistle
Martin Slattery   Producer,Audio Production
Richard Flack   Producer
Mescaleros   Arranger

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