by Joe Strummer & the MescalerosJoe Strummer & the Mescaleros


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The temptation to cloak Streetcore in a mantle of "what if" is strong, given the fact that the disc was assembled by Joe Strummer's bandmates in the wake of his sudden and untimely death in 2002. But even without the sentiment card being played, the Clash mainman's swan song holds up remarkably well -- and seems to resonate much the way it would've had he been around to steer the set through its final stages. Despite the rough-'n'-ready title, much of Streetcore shines the spotlight on a kinder, gentler Strummer, one capable of rasping through a soul chestnut like "Before I Grow Too Old" (retitled "Silver and Gold" on this set) with the warmth of Louis Armstrong strolling around the melody of "Wonderful World." Similarly, his version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song," buoyed by little more than acoustic guitar, carries a misty melancholy, a mood that ultimately gives way to the uplift that the reggae giant intended. The Mescaleros assert themselves nicely on the disc's more upbeat numbers, particularly the brawny "Coma Girl" -- which recalls the better apolitical rockers of the Clash's middle period. Strummer's stylistic restlessness is in full bloom on the churning "Ramshackle Day Parade" and his wry populism cuts a swath through the irresistible "Arms Aloft in Aberdeen." Still, Streetcore's context is impossible to ignore altogether, particularly when one is faced with the poignant lyrics and delivery of "The Long Shadow," a eulogy of sorts that Strummer is said to have written with Johnny Cash in mind -- summed up in the chorus-ending epitaph "Somewhere in my soul, there's always rock 'n' roll."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Hellcat Records
UPC: 0045778045426
catalogNumber: 80454
Rank: 35153


  1. Coma Girl
  2. Get Down Moses
  3. Long Shadow
  4. Arms Aloft
  5. Ramshackle Day Parade
  6. Redemption Song
  7. All in a Day
  8. Burnin' Streets
  9. Midnight Jam
  10. Silver and Gold

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros   Primary Artist
Joe Strummer   Guitar,Vocals,Telecaster
Benmont Tench   Harmonium
Tymon Dogg   Violin
Josh Freese   Drums
Rick Rubin   Piano
Scott Shields   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,cowbell
Peter Stewart   Background Vocals
Smokey Hormel   Guitar,Background Vocals
Luke Bullen   Conga,Drums
Simon Stafford   Bass,Guitar,Trombone,Cello,Cornet,Background Vocals
Martin Slattery   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Tenor Saxophone,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Mellotron,chamberlain,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Joe Strummer   Composer,Artwork
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Tim Bran   Programming
Fats Domino   Composer
David Ferguson   Engineer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Thom Russo   Engineer
Danny Saber   Composer,Producer
Scott Shields   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Smokey Hormel   Composer
Luke Bullen   Composer,Loop
Simon Stafford   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Martin Slattery   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Cameron Craig   Programming,Engineer
Richard Flack   Programming
Niv Adiri   Engineer
Art Dog   Artwork

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Streetcore 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of the songs on this cd represent what Joe Strummer and the Clash really mean. I cried when Silver and Gold was palyed to me the first time. It made me realize that Joe was really dead. I might be a 12-year-old, but I love the Clash. I never had a chance to see them live... So I listened to Joe Strummer's new cds. Streetcore is a beautiful cd (but it still rocks!) and I think that every Strummer fan and every Clash fan should buy this cd (probably most already have it!). Coma Girl, Ramshackle Day Parade, and Silver and Gold are my favorites by far. I hope that you will lovew these songs as I have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am crying as I write this. Joe Strummer was an incredible musician, songwriter, but most importantly he was a beautiful person. I will never forget the first time that I listened to London Calling. That album blew me away, the music grabbed my heart and I have never been the same. Joe Strummer made music that did not fit onto any genre, but rocked the world and gave hope to millions of people. The Clash concerts were power forces of pure, steady rock. This album brings back memories of his Clash days, but here he is calmer, wiser, and kinder. His voice sounds older and more scratchy, but the songs are stunning, beautiful and bittersweet. Hearing it for the first time brought tears to my eyes. Joe's death was untimely and tragic,and I still can't believe that the man who had such an impact on my life had to go so suddenly. That just makes this beautiful, touching album even more of a treasure. The spirit of Joe Strummer and the Clash will never be rivaled by another. God bless them.
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