Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Monday, December 23, 2002  

Joe Strummer, the former frontman of the Clash, is dead.

Strummer died at his home yesterday, aged 50. Cause of death has yet to be established, but it is thought he suffered a heart attack.

Along with the Sex Pistols, the Clash led the British punk scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Unlike the Pistols, a gimmicky, musically lightweight collective thrown together by svengali Malcolm McLaren, the Clash were a highly talented group with strong leftist leanings. Their 1979 magnum opus, the double album London Calling ("London calling to the faraway towns/Now war is declared, and battle come down") remains one of the greatest rock albums of all time. The band's two biggest hits were the driving "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and the new-wave influenced "Rock the Casbah", their take on the Middle East oil crisis.

With the death earlier this year of Ramones drummer Dee Dee Ramone, (and Ramones frontman Joey Ramone last year) punk music has lost yet another legend. Rest easy, Joe.

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