Global A Go-Go presents:

John Graham Mellor was born in Ankara, Turkey on August 21, 1952. Who’s that, you say? Well, you might know him better by his stage name: Joe Strummer.

Strummer was, of course, the co-founder, front man and principal lyricist for the Clash, a band that, when I was younger, some people called “the only band that matters.” After the Clash disbanded in 1986, he spent the next 13 years being whatever the opposite of a rock star is: he worked on projects that appealed to him as a musician, songwriter, producer and actor, but mostly stayed out of the limelight until he founded the second great rock band of his career, the Mescaleros.

One of those projects was an radio show that Joe occasionally hosted for the BBC World Service called London Calling, where he got to explore all of the wide variety of music that inspired him: early rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, blues and jazz, music from Africa and Latin America, anything that pushed his buttons.

Joe and London Calling are among the primary inspirations for this radio program (which is named after one of the Mescaleros’ songs; that song has kicked off this program every week for 18 years). So it’s only appropriate that Global A Go-Go celebrates Joe Strummer’s 70th birthday today (Sunday August 21, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the wrir.org archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site) with a 2-hour tribute.

P.S. You can listen to all 7 hours of Joe Strummer’s London Calling BBC radio shows here: exchange.prx.org/series/27024-joe-strummer-s-london-calling

And here’s a Spotify playlist that includes almost all the songs that Joe played on that radio show: open.spotify.com/playlist/0PWMzSdWNHNOESR912xQmg?go=1&sp_cid=33ef6cb3fc38155b67d61a8333e5df54

One more thing — a complete tracklisting for each episode of Joe Strummer’s London Calling: rateyourmusic.com/list/Zed/joe_strummers_london_calling_from_bbc_world_service

Podcast: radio4all.net/program/113295
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Playlist:

    Time: August 21 - 9:00:00 am
  • Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Oliver Lake, “Separation”

    from Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Passin Thru - 1996

    USA

  • Time: August 21 - 9:01:00 am
  • Global a Go-Go

    Joe Strummer & Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, “Global a Go-Go”

    from Global a Go-Go

    BMG Rights Management (US) LLC - 2001

    England UK

  • Time: August 21 - 9:06:00 am
  • Dust Bowl Ballads

    Woody Guthrie, “Pretty Boy Floyd”

    from Dust Bowl Ballads

    Buddha Records - 2000

    USA, 1940

  • Time: August 21 - 9:09:20 am
  • A Singsong And A Scrap

    Chumbawamba, “Bankrobber”

    from A Singsong And A Scrap

    AK Press - 2005

    England UK

  • Time: August 21 - 9:11:19 am
  • The Bride Stripped Bare

    Bryan Ferry, “Carrickfergus”

    from The Bride Stripped Bare

    EG Records - 1999

    England UK, 1978

  • Time: August 21 - 9:15:06 am
  • Streetcore

    Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, “Redemption Song”

    from Streetcore

    BMG Rights Management (US) LLC - 2003

    England UK

  • Time: August 21 - 9:21:38 am
  • Max Romeo, “Public Enemy Number One”

    from Public Enemy Number One - Single

    Truth - 1971

    Jamaica

  • Time: August 21 - 9:24:52 am
  • Big Youth, “Cool Breeze”

    from Cool Breeze - Single

    Crystal - 1972

    Jamaica

  • Time: August 21 - 9:28:12 am
  • The Singles

    The Clash, “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais”

    from The Singles

    Sony BMG Music Entertainment - 2007

    England UK, 1978

  • Time: August 21 - 9:32:12 am
  • Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers (Deluxe Edition)

    Bob Marley & The Wailers, “Punky Reggae Party”

    from Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers (Deluxe Edition)

    Island Records - 1984

    Jamaica, 1977

  • Time: August 21 - 9:35:37 am
  • I Just Can't Stop It (Remastered)

    The English Beat, “Mirror In the Bathroom”

    from I Just Can't Stop It (Remastered)

    Shout! Factory Records - 2012

    England UK, 1980

  • Time: August 21 - 9:42:50 am
  • 12 Of His Biggest Hits / Never to Be Forgotten

    Eddie Cochran, “Nervous Breakdown”

    from 12 Of His Biggest Hits / Never to Be Forgotten

    Parlophone Catalogue - 1961

    USA

  • Time: August 21 - 9:45:06 am
  • The Chess Box

    Bo Diddley, “Bring It To Jerome”

    from The Chess Box

    Geffen - 1990

    USA, 1955

  • Time: August 21 - 9:47:30 am
  • The Stooges

    The Stooges, “1969”

    from The Stooges

    Rhino/Elektra - 1969

    USA

  • Time: August 21 - 9:51:26 am
  • London Calling

    The Clash, “Clampdown”

    from London Calling

    Sony Music UK - 2013

    England UK, 1979

  • Time: August 21 - 9:55:08 am
  • Super Black Market Clash

    The Clash, “Capital Radio Two”

    from Super Black Market Clash

    Epic/Legacy - 1993

    England UK, 1979

  • Time: August 21 - 10:03:22 am
  • To Love Somebody

    Nina Simone, “To Love Somebody”

    from To Love Somebody

    RCA/Legacy - 1969

    USA

  • Time: August 21 - 10:06:00 am
  • Joe Strummer & The Astro-Physicians, “Afro-Cuban Bebop (Alt. Mix)”

    from Just Look Them Straight In The Eye And Say … Poguemahone!! - The Pogues Box Set

    Rhino - 1990

    England UK

  • Time: August 21 - 10:08:45 am
  • Hell's Ditch (Expanded Edition)

    The Pogues, “The Sunnyside Of The Street”

    from Hell's Ditch (Expanded Edition)

    WM UK - 2006

    England UK, 1990

  • Time: August 21 - 10:11:19 am
  • Trans-Continental Hustle

    Gogol Bordello, “Trans-Continental Hustle”

    from Trans-Continental Hustle

    American Recordings Catalog P&D - 2010

    USA-Ukraine-Russia-China-Scotland UK-Ethiopia-Ecuador-Belarus

  • Time: August 21 - 10:15:27 am
  • The Best Of Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra

    Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, “Unza Unza Time”

    from The Best Of Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra

    Universal Music Division Capitol Music France - 2009

    Ex-Yugoslavia, 2000

  • Time: August 21 - 10:24:42 am
  • Global a Go-Go

    Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, “Shaktar Donetsk”

    from Global a Go-Go

    BMG Rights Management (US) LLC - 2001

    England UK

  • Time: August 21 - 10:30:33 am
  • Woman's Gotta Have It

    Cornershop, “6 A.M. Jullandar Shere”

    from Woman's Gotta Have It

    Warner Records - 1995

    England UK

  • Time: August 21 - 10:34:37 am
  • Greatest Hits 1964-2004

    Brenda Fassie, “Vul'indela”

    from Greatest Hits 1964-2004

    EMI South Africa - 2006

    South Africa, 1998

  • Time: August 21 - 10:38:40 am
  • Coup de chapeau

    Thu Zahina, “Sanga Mbele Mbele”

    from Coup de chapeau

    RetroAfric - 1997

    R.D. Congo, 1970

  • Time: August 21 - 10:47:14 am
  • Streetcore

    Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, “Get Down Moses”

    from Streetcore

    BMG Rights Management (US) LLC - 2003

    England UK

  • Time: August 21 - 10:52:00 am
  • Combat Rock

    The Clash, “Know Your Rights”

    from Combat Rock

    Columbia - 1982

    England UK

  • Time: August 21 - 10:56:00 am
  • Tekitoi

    Rachid Taha, “Rock el Casbah”

    from Tekitoi

    Universal Music Division Barclay - 2004

    Algeria-France

    Global A Go-Go    August 21st, 2022

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