I’m awake far too early, which isn’t good but I had a dream last night where I was watching Joe Strummer perform live in a tiny smoky nightclub with the Mescaleros. He didn’t talk between songs so I’ve nothing exceptional or odd to share but he did play Yalla Yalla, Charlie Don’t Surf and It’s a Rockin’ World. Then I woke up, annoyed that I only got three songs. However I thought I should write them down quickly. Do you ever dream of The Clash? Strangely I rarely do, more typically I replay stupid events from my life where I watch myself repeat the same mistakes that made them stupid in the first place.
This morning I wanted to just share a few quick updates relating to Strummerville. As you’ll know if you read the blog regularly 2012 has been a difficult year for the foundation. I don’t know many of the specifics but hope I can interview them next year. So we head into 2013 with Strummerville looking to press on, consolidate somewhat and modify their approach and I remain firmly behind them. As I’ve previously expressed, with Joe being gone it now seems in some senses that willing and helping Strummerville to succeed feels like helping his memory remain strong. Related to that we’ve just seen the huge difference that can made to a charity can be aided by a song with the example of Justice Collective and coincidentally a recent release is aiming to assist Strummerville.
Glasgow punk band The Zips formed not long after The Clash back in 1978 and as singer John McNeil explains in this recent interview with Louder Than War The Clash were key in their early inspiration and remain very much so. That DIY punk ethic got The Zips up and running in the first place and McNeil was inspired by Strummer throughout the subsequent years. For a few years he has been performing a track called ‘Road To Strummerville’ which he decided to record and approach Strummerville with it, to quote him on the LTW interview:
“you know when you’re dealing with charities, the point is … they’ve got no money, so basically you have to do everything up front. We knew this time around there was no point just sending them a rough demo, so we said let’s just get to studio and do it”. They did, Strummerville liked what they heard, and this special download single is now the outcome.”
All proceeds from the sale of the download-only single will directly assist Strummerville, if you are able to assist in airtime for the song or any other positive promotion please let me know or contact John via his Twitter account or email here. I should add that the single is rather brilliant with lyrics that will give you shivers, you can listen to it below.
Here is all the additional information you’ll need, thanks in advance for anything you can do to share news about this important single: