Pre-Clash Joe Strummer Recordings Available In June

Published: 2005-04-07
Ever hear of the band The 101ers? How 'bout The Clash? The dude that sang for The Clash - also known as Joe Strummer - happened to be in The 101ers before The Clash even existed. Previously unreleased music from Strummer's 101ers days is due to be in the hands of hungry Clashophiles in early June.

There's very, very little in the way of 101ers recordings, but they did cut one single with Strummer. However, the as-yet-untitled album due out this June will feature studio sessions and live recordings from a 101ers gig that happened 29 years ago. Fans can thank both EMI and the late singer's widow Lucinda (Strummer died in 2002 at the age of 50) for finally getting the 20 previously lost tracks out to the public.

For all those wondering what prompted Strummer to make the switch from pub-rock act The 101ers to form legendary punk band The Clash, it was witnessing a performance by The Sex Pistols. After seeing Johnny Rotten and Co. do their thing, Strummer realized that there was a whole world outside of the pub-rock scene waiting to be revolutionized. So, that's what he did.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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