So far a blood free day which is good, so welcome back to The Clash Blog in that case. I’m quite pepped up by 2013 so far and have a feeling it will be a good year although if it turns out to be the one where a virus that can’t be treated by modern medicine lays waste to our global population I don’t want anyone writing in to me to say ‘told you so’.
I’ve got a mixed bag of Clash items this morning so I think it would be most efficient to get our 1977 Austin Princess 2200 (mustard coloured) up on the A40 for a quick spot of Westway Traffic. I’m going to also try and focus on cars from 1974-1979 for our drives as a tribute to both our youth and much cheaper petrol. If there’s a car you must see featured just let me know. If you’re new to the blog Westway Traffic are a collection of shorter Clash related tales with a link that don’t merit large reviews, even if some of them are quite good. So off we go….click on the links if you fancy getting off the road.
Joe Strummer’s London Calling Playlists: One of the most popular searches and requests on the blog are links to the 14 BBC broadcasts that Joe Strummer recorded between 1998 and 2001. Quite often I just have them playing whilst I work just to hear Joe’s between song banter, but the music he selected is really prime too. Finally someone published a lost of the songs played which is the first link so you can settle the argument of ‘Didn’t Joe play that one’?
Telecaster Maven needed: From this forum about Telecasters someone is asking for more information about Joe Strummer’s guitar and seeing as I can barely play a clean barre chord I’m not the one to answer. However I know a lot of guitar enthusiasts read the blog so perhaps someone can pay it forward and feel good about that deed.
Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash: Long a topic I’ve meant to write about but now I’ve less need to as a certain Clay Kelly on the self-named blog has put together a nice piece well worth a look. I’ve failed to find a living soul who isn’t moved emotionally by the duo’s interpretation of Redemption Song, a lovely recording that only grew in stature with events that were to follow.
Chrissie Hynde’s Daughter protests new road in Sussex: Before getting into the details, this link is to The Daily Mail. I’m sorry, spend no longer there than you have to. Natalie (Hynde?) has joined other protestors against a proposed new road being built near Hastings through greenbelt land. To that end she’s living in a tree house as the story explains. Actually seeing it in the Mail is quite funny, they really want the celebrity angle but don’t support her cause in any way whatsoever I’m sure.
Locals hope to buy pub that hosted Strummer, Dr. Feelgood and others: This is a cheering tale in the days of pub closures and corporate theme makeovers. London and the rest of the country is losing an alarming number of pubs, a peak of 50 a week in 2009 and still 16 per week last year. If you’ve spent time in the UK it’s changed the landscape. Thus it’s great to read this article in Timeout that locals are trying to purchase The Ivy House in London SE15. Do it for Joe I say!
Now This Sound is Brave: I don’t know how I missed this but the website Now this sound…did a special series of six Clash/Joe posts last month to honour the 10th anniversary. The link takes you to all of them and then just click on ‘read more’ for each story. Well worth your time.
Right then, that ought to keep you busy, comments are encouraged (I thrive on comments) so let me know if you have a favourite tale from this particular mix.