Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros | Global
an emily blunt review (unedited
since joe's passing)
Mescalero interview w/ Emily Blunt
speaking? Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros' Global
A Go-Go, is a discombobulated masterpiece. Strummer's lyrical
mind is an eclectic treasure trove of political views and perpetual
bluntness, and his current bandmates just accentuate this trait
with their own unique and tasty additions.
never been for the masses and some may hit the eject button
after the first decidedly unique tune structures and lyrical
offerings release into the speakers from Global. But, remember
he's like a Jack
Kerouac of song writing and, in my humble opinion, a genius.
Strummer was the unofficial front man of legendary political powerhouse punker
band The Clash. They went their separate ways long ago. Joe dabbled in film as
both an actor and a score writer. He lended his music to soundtracks and stayed
under the fans' radar.
he's been back with his new band of extremely talented blokes.
A Go-Go, is actually the not their first CD, they have also
produced a masterpiece called Rock
Art and the X-ray Style a couple of years ago.
first cut on Global, 'Johnny
Appleseed', has dazzling riffs and Joe's signature grasping
tones welcominge you to his new millennium. He's still alive
and vehemently kicking some revolutionary butt. Each song resonates
his views, musical stylings and thoughts that are still very
much a rebel in tact. The music is truly a teamwork ensemble
of minds not filled with ego but love of song. Still it's Strummer's
mind that illuminates the verse you'll hear.
'n' Out' is a catchy surreal audio sensation with smooth musical transitions by
the band mates.
Boy', an eighteen minute instrumental with the taste of Bonnie Scottland in her,
will have you lonely for your local pub.
'Bummed Out City' probably expresses the world's mood presently as we all sit
staring down the barrel of world war three, but even that is jumpy and oddly mind
easing. The lyrics are as hard as ever to decipher with Strummer's raspy delivery...but
the band's been kind enough to write them out so you don't miss one clever verbal
attack or sarcasm Strummer delivers.
music has always been very globally conscious and he's always woven traditional
anthem notes through his visceral tunes. His lyrics are a kind of beat poetry
mixed with an anarchist's tongue. His signature style of ranter-with a cause shines
throughout and for those of us who still get teary eyed when a Clash tune is heard
in the theater or diced up at some dance hall. It's so nice to se he's never lost
his soul or sold out.
rest of the band consists of Pablo Cook on percussion, former
Grape luminary Martin Slattery on nearly anything that carries
a tune, Scott Shields on bass and guitar plus old Joe friend
Tymon Dogg on violin. Each a perfectionist and themselves an
acclaimed musical artist
not having to stand in Strummer's shadow for sure. We're lucky
they all met up. Joe and The Mescaleros are a freshing mist
of originality, in the sea of mediocrity out there today...musically.
do I describe what awaits you on Global? As Joe and his bandmates
say on the cd (Slattery, Shields, Cook and Dogg), in the monologue-ish
track 'Bhindi Bhagee', "The music's "got a bit
of...um y' know...regga, bhangra, two-step tanga mini-cab radio,
music on the go! Umm, surfbeat, backbeat, frontbeat, backseat,
there's a bunch of players and and they're really letting go!"
Have an audio extravaganza, do yourself a favor and get
this cd! If you see them on the road be aware there's been some band player
changes...Not to worry they are tight and in the groove-perhaps even a little
better with the current line-up. It's nice that a whole new generation of folks
get to experience Joe, and the talent he's gathered - leave it to him to tune
us in eh?
Here's the songlist:
2. Cool 'N' Out
3. Global A Go-Go
4. Bhindi Bhagee
5. Gamma Ray
6. Mega Bottle Ride
7. Shaktar Donetsk
8. Mondo Bongo
9. Bummed Out City
10. At The Border, Guy
11. Minstrel Boy
to a few HERE!