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Joe Strummer: WalkerWalker (1987)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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Though he passed away seven years ago from a congenital heart defect, Joe Strummer’s death continues to resonate with me. If Streetcore was any indication, the man still had more songs to write and sing, and it drives me crazy that, one day, I’ll have heard his entire output and there won’t be any more surprises. Until then, though, I've been doing my best to color in the margins. The first five Clash albums are all essential listening, as is B-sides collection Super Black Market Clash. I’m waiting for the day I finally cave and buy Cut the Crap, an album so bad that most people don’t even know or acknowledge its existence. There are the three albums Strummer cut with the Mescaleros, which I think are just as good as the Clash’s output. There are Earthquake Weather and assorted singles like “Love Kills,” “The Harder They Come” and “It’s a Rockin’ World.” My quest to stay in touch with Strummer has since led me to Walker, a pretty good Latin music soundtrack he composed for Repo Man director Alex Cox’s 1987 film of the same name.
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