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Playlist: Joe Strummer's London Calling

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Eight-part radio series features Joe Strummer from The Clash spinning his favorite tracks from around the world.

Joe Strummer, the legendary gravel-voiced punk-poet from The Clash, loved to listen to music on the radio. Even as he toured the world with "the only band that matters," he still had a dream to one day spin records for the BBC World Service, where he heard the latest UK hits over the shortwave band as a teenager in Africa.

He finally got his wish in 1999, when BBC World Service premiered Joe Strummer's London Calling. Between then and 2002, Strummer hosted a series of programs with a simple format - one man and his eclectic record collection. His globe spanning playlists included many of the rock, reggae and folk artists that inspired the Clash, plus many surprises.

These radio broadcasts inspired many listeners around the world, including film director Julien Temple, who prominently features these programs in his new documentary, Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.

"Joe was the ultimate communicator," says Temple. "He made his global audience feel they knew him on a uniquely personal level?intimate, irreverent and inspirational at the same time."

Joe Strummer's London Calling is now available for broadcast on radio stations throughout the USA as eight one-hour episodes. These include the 14 original half-hour episodes plus two brand new 30:00 segments detailed below.

Interview clips featuring Joe Strummer, himself, his former Clash bandmates, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine / Audioslave), film-maker Julien Temple and others have been added to create two new 30-minute introduction and epilogue features. Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) hosts these new segments and also introduces Joe before each of his original programs. Hide full description

Eight-part radio series features Joe Strummer from The Clash spinning his favorite tracks from around the world. Joe Strummer, the legendary gravel-voiced punk-poet from The Clash, loved to listen to music on the radio. Even as he toured the world with "the only band that matters," he still had a dream to one day spin records for the BBC World Service, where he heard the latest UK hits over the shortwave band as a teenager in Africa. He finally got his wish in 1999, when BBC World Service premiered Joe Strummer's London Calling. Between then and 2002, Strummer hosted a series of programs with a simple format - one man and his eclectic record collection. His globe spanning playlists... Show full description

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 1

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

1. PART 1 – INTRODUCTION (29:00)

• Rock the Casbah - Rachid Taha
• Omotepe - Joe Strummer
• Black Sheep Boy - Tim Hardin
• Minuit - Earnest Ranglin & Baba Maal
• This Is Radio Clash - The Clash
• Nervous Breakdown - Eddie Cochran
• To Love Somebody - Nina Simone
• Trash City - Latino Rockabilly War
• Willesden to Cricklewood - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00)
• Armagideon Time - The Clash

3. PART 2 – AUG 31, 1998 (29:00)

• This Land Is Your Land - Trini Lopez
• Small Axe - U-Roy
• Minuit - Earnest Ranglin & Baba Maal
• Lokoko - Thu-Zahina
• Long As I Can See The Light - Monkey Mafia
• Martha Cecilia - Andres Landero (y sus conjuntos)
• Symbolic Language – Pacou

Strummershow_small This first hour of an eight-part series begins with a 30-minute feature about Joe Strummer live and his diverse interests, followed by the first of his music shows originally produced and distributed by BBC World Service on Aug 31, 1998. 1. PART 1 - INTRODUCTION (29:00) Rock the Casbah - Rachid Taha Omotepe - Joe Strummer Black Sheep Boy - Tim Hardin Minuit - Earnest Ranglin & Baba Maal This Is Radio Clash - The Clash Nervous Breakdown - Eddie Cochran To Love Somebody - Nina Simone Trash City - Latino Rockabilly War Willesden to Cricklewood - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros 2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) Armagideon Time - The Clash 3. PART 2 - AUG 31, 1998 (29:00) This Land Is Your Land - Trini Lopez Small Axe - U-Roy Minuit - Earnest Ranglin & Baba Maal Lokoko - Thu-Zahina Long As I Can See The Light - Monkey Mafia Martha Cecilia - Andres Landero (y sus conjuntos) Symbolic Language - Pacou 4. PROMO SPOT (0:30)

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 2

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

1. PART 1 – SEP 7, 1998 (29:00)

• Radio One - Mikey Dread
• Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Elvis Presley
• Ah, Ngai Nzambe - Luyeye Gaston
• Daddy - Dust Junkies
• Da Camino a la Vereda - Buena Vista Social Club
• Carrick Fergus - Brian Ferry
• Ja Gaita - Orquestra Emisoras Fuentes
• Sandpaper Blues - Radar

2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00)
• Hitsville UK - The Clash

3. PART 2 – SEP 14, 1998 (29:00)

• Know Your Rights - The Clash
• Groovin’ - Young Rascals
• Natty Rebel- U-Roy
• Jullandar Shere - Cornershop
• Colours - Donovan
• To Love Somebody - Nina Simone
• Day-O - Harry Belafonte
• Izinkomo Zombango - Mzikayifani Buthelezi
• Ba Boo La La - The Lion

Strummershow_small Episode 2 includes the programs that originally aired on BBC World Service on Sep 7 & 14, 2998. PART 1 - SEP 7, 1998 (29:00) Radio One - Mikey Dread Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Elvis Presley Ah, Ngai Nzambe - Luyeye Gaston Daddy - Dust Junkies Da Camino a la Vereda - Buena Vista Social Club Carrick Fergus - Brian Ferry Ja Gaita - Orquestra Emisoras Fuentes Sandpaper Blues - Radar MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) Hitsville UK - The Clash PART 2 - SEP 14, 1998 (29:00) Know Your Rights - The Clash Groovin? - Young Rascals Natty Rebel- U-Roy Jullandar Shere - Cornershop Colours - Donovan To Love Somebody - Nina Simone Day-O - Harry Belafonte Izinkomo Zombango - Mzikayifani Buthelezi Ba Boo La La - The Lion 4. PROMO SPOT (0:30)

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 3

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

1. PART 1 – SEP 21, 1998 (29:30)

• Radio One - Mikey Dread
• Amazimuzimu - Dilika
• La Cumbia Primero - Fiesta En Mi Pueblo
• Domino - Van Morrison
• Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
• Boy In The Bubble- Paul Simon
• Take Me With You My Darling, Take Me With You - The Master Musicians Of Jajouka
(Recorded By B. Jones)
• Fever- Horace Andy
• Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World - Israel K.
• La Vaca Vieja- Rufo Garrida Y Su Orquestra
• It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells

2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00)
• The Magnificent Dance - The Clash

3. PART 2 – JAN 9, 2000 (28:30)

• The Killer - Big Youth
• Hang on Sloopy - The McCoys
• Nvule N’Delela - Brenda Fassee
• Little Old Wine Drinker Me - Dean Martin
• Y Su Conhuntos - Andres Landero (y sus conjuntos)
• Starting a New Cycle (Starting a New Life) - Van Morrison
• Sala Molende - Tabu Frantal

Strummershow_small Episode 3 features the last show from Joe's 1998 series and the first from 2000. PART 1 - SEP 21, 1998 (29:30) Radio One - Mikey Dread Amazimuzimu - Dilika La Cumbia Primero - Fiesta En Mi Pueblo Domino - Van Morrison Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding Boy In The Bubble- Paul Simon Take Me With You My Darling, Take Me With You - The Master Musicians Of Jajouka (Recorded By B. Jones) Fever- Horace Andy Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World - Israel K. La Vaca Vieja- Rufo Garrida Y Su Orquestra It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) The Magnificent Dance - The Clash PART 2 - JAN 9, 2000 (28:30) The Killer - Big Youth Hang on Sloopy - The McCoys Nvule N?Delela - Brenda Fassee Little Old Wine Drinker Me - Dean Martin Y Su Conhuntos - Andres Landero (y sus conjuntos) Starting a New Cycle (Starting a New Life) - Van Morrison Sala Molende - Tabu Frantal PROMO SPOT (0:30)

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 4

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

1. PART 1 – JAN 16, 2000 (28:00)

• Radio One - Mikey Dread
• Hit the Road Jack- Big Youth
• Fire in Soweto - Sonny Okosun
• Nursery Rhyme - Bo Diddley
• “I Got Life” (Ain’t Got No)- Nina Simone
• Crawfish - Elvis Presley
• Rez - Underworld

2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00)
• I Fought The Law - The Clash

3. PART 2 – JAN 23, 2000 (30:00)

• Cool Breeze - Big Youth
• Stairway to the Stars - Ella Fitzgerald
• Not Fade Away - Rolling Stones
• Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Jeeny- Afel Bocoum
• Castles Made of Sand - Jimi Hendrix
• Shoba - A Sambe Siye E Goli (Let’s Go to Jo’burg)
• Swingtown - Steve Miller Band
• Junco Partner - The Clash

Strummershow_small Episode 4 brings you episodes that originally aired on the BBC World Service Jan 16 & 23, 2000 PART 1 - JAN 16, 2000 (28:00) Radio One - Mikey Dread Hit the Road Jack- Big Youth Fire in Soweto - Sonny Okosun Nursery Rhyme - Bo Diddley I Got Life (Ain't Got No)- Nina Simone Crawfish - Elvis Presley Rez - Underworld MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) I Fought The Law - The Clash PART 2 - JAN 23, 2000 (30:00) Cool Breeze - Big Youth Stairway to the Stars - Ella Fitzgerald Not Fade Away - Rolling Stones Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival Jeeny- Afel Bocoum Castles Made of Sand - Jimi Hendrix Shoba - A Sambe Siye E Goli (Let?s Go to Jo?burg) Swingtown - Steve Miller Band Junco Partner - The Clash PROMO SPOT (0:30)

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 5

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

1. PART 1 – JAN 30, 2000 (29:00)

• Radio One - Mikey Dread
• Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
• The Freedom Fighters - The Upsetters
• Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles - Francoise Hardy
• Gwandir - Nasha
• Corinna Corinna - Bob Dylan
• Syncopate- The Astronauts
• Nguellel - Baba Sek
• Public Enemy #1 - Max Romeo

2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00)
• Straight To Hell - The Clash

3. PART 2 – FEB 6, 2000 (29:00)

• Ghetto Defendant - The Clash
• Mon Amour, Ma Cherie - Amadou & Mariams
• Do It Again - Beach Boys
• Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed
• The Man Who Sold the World - LuLu
• Romal - DJ Gino's Gangsters featuring Surjit Bindrakhia
• Chimta -Tariq Lohar
• Mehabooba - Ravi Bal

Strummershow_small Episode 5 brings you two more of Joe Strummer's original BBC shows from Jan/Feb 2000. PART 1 - JAN 30, 2000 (29:00) Radio One - Mikey Dread Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones The Freedom Fighters - The Upsetters Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles - Francoise Hardy Gwandir - Nasha Corinna Corinna - Bob Dylan Syncopate- The Astronauts Nguellel - Baba Sek Public Enemy #1 - Max Romeo MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) Straight To Hell - The Clash PART 2 - FEB 6, 2000 (29:00) Ghetto Defendant - The Clash Mon Amour, Ma Cherie - Amadou & Mariams Do It Again - Beach Boys Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed The Man Who Sold the World - LuLu Romal - DJ Gino's Gangsters featuring Surjit Bindrakhia Chimta -Tariq Lohar Mehabooba - Ravi Bal PROMO SPOT (0:30)

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 6

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

1. PART 1 – FEB 13, 2000 (29:00)

• Radio One - Mikey Dread
• Feeling Time - Joy White
• Azara Al Hay - Rasha
• Tippy Toes - The Meters
• Cumbia Saramuya - Los Corraleros De Majagual
• Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor
• Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones
• Hatisi Tose - Bhundu Boys

2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00)
• Clampdown - The Clash

3. PART 2 – JUNE 24, 2001 (29:00)

• Top Ranking - Johnny Clarke
• The Sunnyside of the Street - The Pogues
• Some Velvet Morning - Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
• Sanga Mbele Mbele - Thu Zahina
• Gravel Pit - Wu-Tang Clan
• Long Side Of The Old Santa Fe Trail - Jules Allen
• Pennsylvania 6-5000 - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
• Free, Single and Disengaged - Huey “Piano” Smith and His Clowns

Strummershow_small Epsiode 6 concludes Joe Strummer's 2000 series of BBC World Service shows, followed by the first of his programs from the Summer of 2001. PART 1 - FEB 13, 2000 (29:00) Radio One - Mikey Dread Feeling Time - Joy White Azara Al Hay - Rasha Tippy Toes - The Meters Cumbia Saramuya - Los Corraleros De Majagual Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones Hatisi Tose - Bhundu Boys 2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) Clampdown - The Clash PART 2 - JUNE 24, 2001 (29:00) Top Ranking - Johnny Clarke The Sunnyside of the Street - The Pogues Some Velvet Morning - Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood Sanga Mbele Mbele - Thu Zahina Gravel Pit - Wu-Tang Clan Long Side Of The Old Santa Fe Trail - Jules Allen Pennsylvania 6-5000 - The Brian Setzer Orchestra Free, Single and Disengaged - Huey ?Piano? Smith and His Clowns PROMO SPOT (0:30)

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 7

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

1. PART 1 – JULY 1, 2001 (29:00)

• Radio One - Mikey Dread
• Rock and Roll Music - The Beatles
• Couchie - Yellowman
• Umfaan - Ricardo Bornman
• Siwuhambile Umhlaba - Amaswazi Emvelo and Mahlathini
• Nervous Breakdown - Eddie Cochran
• Tell It Like It Is - Nina Simone
• Cinderella - Eric Monty Morris
• Long Hot Summer Night - Jimi Hendrix

2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00)
• English Civil War - The Clash

3. PART 2 – JULY 8, 2001 (29:00)

• Not Fade Away - The Rolling Stones
• Unza Unza Time - Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra
• Noisy Place - U-Roy
• Raise The Alarm - Big Dog
• Check Your Bucket - Eddie Bo
• Gotta See Jane - R.Dean Taylor
• Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye
• Co-operation - Franco & Sam Mangwana

Strummershow_small Episode 7 includes one more great hour of Joe Strummer's favorites, as they originally aired on BBC World Service in July 2001. PART 1 - JULY 1, 2001 (29:00) Radio One - Mikey Dread Rock and Roll Music - The Beatles Couchie - Yellowman Umfaan - Ricardo Bornman Siwuhambile Umhlaba - Amaswazi Emvelo and Mahlathini Nervous Breakdown - Eddie Cochran Tell It Like It Is - Nina Simone Cinderella - Eric Monty Morris Long Hot Summer Night - Jimi Hendrix MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) English Civil War - The Clash PART 2 - JULY 8, 2001 (29:00) Not Fade Away - The Rolling Stones Unza Unza Time - Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra Noisy Place - U-Roy Raise The Alarm - Big Dog Check Your Bucket - Eddie Bo Gotta See Jane - R.Dean Taylor Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye Co-operation - Franco & Sam Mangwana PROMO SPOT (0:30)

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 8

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

1. PART 1 – JULY 15, 2001 (29:00)

• Radio One - Mikey Dread
• Global a Go-Go - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
• Good To Be On The Road Back Home Again - Cornershop
• Peno - Saban Bajramovic
• La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
• Roots and Culture - Shabba Ranks
• Aida Baoury - Orchestra Baobab - N’Wolof
• Beat on The Brat - The Ramones

2. MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00)
• Train In Vain - The Clash

3. PART 2 – EPILOGUE (29:00)

• London Calling - The Clash
• Armagideon Time - The Clash
• Washington Bullets - The Clash
• The Magnificent Seven - The Clash
• Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
• Omotepe - Joe Strummer
• Rock the Casbah - Rachid Taha
• Keys to Your Heart - The 101'ers

Strummershow_small Episode 8 begins with the last of Strummer's BBC shows that original aired on July 15, 2001. The last half is a new epilogue feature on Strummer's life, including classic songs from the Clash and Strummer's solo career.

PART 1 - JULY 15, 2001 (29:00)
Radio One - Mikey Dread
Global a Go-Go - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Good To Be On The Road Back Home Again - Cornershop
Peno - Saban Bajramovic
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Roots and Culture - Shabba Ranks
Aida Baoury - Orchestra Baobab -
N?Wolof Beat on The Brat - The Ramones

MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) Train In Vain - The Clash 

PART 2 - EPILOGUE (29:00)
London Calling - The Clash
Armagideon Time - The Clash
Washington Bullets - The Clash
The Magnificent Seven - The Clash
Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
Omotepe - Joe Strummer
Rock the Casbah - Rachid Taha
Keys to Your Heart - The 101'ers
PROMO SPOT (0:30)