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Joe Strummer

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As frontman and primary songwriter from the Clash, Joe Strummer created a number of the fieriest, most essential punk rock and roll — and, indeed, rock and roll & move — ever. Strummer extended punk’s musical palette along with his fondness for reggae and early rock and roll & move, and his personal bellow lent an impassioned urgency towards the politics sloganeering that packed a few of his greatest songs. Following the Clash disbanded in 1986, Strummer sporadically pursued film performing and released the casual solo recording, though seemingly only once it appropriate him. Joe Strummer was created John Graham Mellor on August 21, 1952, when his dad, a diplomat, was stationed in Ankara, Turkey. During his period at London boarding colleges, the teenage Strummer immersed himself in rock and roll and reggae, and started busking around the roads under his recently used stage name. In 1974, he created the pub rock and roll group the 101’ers, and even though they rocked fairly hard, they couldn’t quite match the natural fire Strummer found out when he noticed Johnny Rotten as well as the Sex Pistols. Strummer quickly quit pub rock and roll to become listed on the fledgling punk motion, and co-founded the Clash in 1976; the others was background. Six albums, a lot more singles and EPs, and something frequently amazing body of function later on, the Clash split up amidst rancorous infighting and doubt of path. Strummer added two songs towards the soundtrack of Alex Cox’s Sid and Nancy, a 1986 chronicle from the doomed Sex Pistols bassist; both strike it off so well that Strummer acted in Cox’s next two movies, Walker (which Strummer also obtained) as well as the bizarre European Right to Hell. His calm, natural screen existence earned him additional use directors Robert Frank (1987’s Chocolate Hill) and Jim Jarmusch (1989’s acclaimed Secret Teach); Strummer also had written five tracks for the soundtrack of 1988’s Long lasting Record. In 1989, Strummer released his initial solo record, Earthquake Climate, which combined straight-up rock and roll & move with details of globe music. However, carrying out a short-term stint completing for Shane MacGowan within the Pogues (both as tempo guitarist and in-concert business lead vocalist), Strummer mainly fell silent following the extremely early ’90s. The very first peep of the go back to the music picture happened in 1996, when Strummer made an appearance on the Dark Grape solitary “England’s Irie.” The next year, Strummer obtained the John Cusack hitman humor Grosse Pointe Empty, which relied greatly on new influx and English ska revival because of its track choices. In 1999, Strummer released his second single album, Rock Artwork as well as the X-Ray Style, which mainly forsook straight-ahead rock and roll & roll and only eclectic, rhythmic, globe music flavored compositions, plus sophisticated vocalist/songwriter-ish lyrics. Strummer further processed this new path using the follow-up, 2001’s Global A-Go-Go. In Dec 2002, he was amid recording his 4th solo recording when he passed away suddenly of the coronary attack at his house in Somerset.

Quick Facts


Full Name Joe Strummer
Date Of Birth August 21, 1952
Died December 22, 2002, Broomfield, United Kingdom
Height 1.74 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Radio personality, Lyricist, Film Score Composer
Education Central Saint Martins
Nationality British, Turkish
Spouse Lucinda Tait
Children Jazz Mellor, Lola Mellor
Parents John Graham Mellor, Anna Mackenzie
Siblings David Mellor
Music Groups The Clash, The Mescaleros, The Pogues, The 101ers, The Latino Rockabilly War
Music Songs Johnny Appleseed, Mondo Bongo, Redemption Song, Yalla, Yalla, Love Kills, Burning Lights
Albums Earthquake Weather, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Combat Rock, Sandinista!, The Clash, Cut the Crap, London Calling, Global a Go-Go, Walker, Give 'Em Enough Rope, The Best of The Pogues, The Cost of Living, The Only Band That Matters (Interview), Global Agogo
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Movies Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, Mystery Train, Rude Boy, Sid and Nancy, I Hired a Contract Killer, Permanent Record, Grosse Pointe Blank, The King of Comedy, Let's Rock Again!, Candy Mountain, Doctor Chance, Straight to Hell, Walker, Straight to Hell Returns, Question D'honneur, Strummerville


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#Fact
1 He was a vegetarian.
2 Son of John Graham Mellor MBE (awarded in 1952 for his services to military).
3 He was mostly Scottish, part Armenian.
4 Former manager of "The Pogues".
5 When he changed his name to Joe Strummer when young, he would no longer answer to his previous nickname, "Woody" Mellor, so everyone knew him as "Joe."
6 Mick Jones and Paul Simonon first saw Strummer playing at a show and Strummer, having mistook these scruffy strangers interest, was convinced they were about to jump him. They were actually looking for a musical collaborator and the three went onto to form The Clash.
7 The Clash were voted the 30th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists by Rolling Stone.
8 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Clash) on 10 March 2003.
9 At the time of his death, he was working on a third album with the Mescaleros and was collaborated with Bono of U2 and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics on a song in honor of former South African Pres. Nelson Mandela. Song Titled '46664', Mandela's number in prison, the song was performed with Bono singing Joe's last lyrics, on Saturday November 29th 2003 at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa.
10 Formed Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
11 He has been regarded as one of the most talented songwriters of his generation.
12 Strummer is the son of a British diplomat.
13 Former lead singer/guitarist of The Clash.
14 Along with his bandmates, Joe Strummer was in and out of jail for having committed minor "bad boy" acts such as vandalism throughout 1977. But soon after, Strummer and The Clash became social activists and headed a Rock Against Racism concert. The 1978 song "White Man" addresses the issue.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
T2 Trainspotting 2017 writer: "White Man In Hammersmith Palais"
True Memoirs of an International Assassin 2016 writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
20th Century Women 2016 writer: "White Man In Hammersmith Palais"
Stranger Things 2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Conjuring 2 2016 writer: "London Calling"
Ochéntame... otra vez 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Molly 2016 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Jump 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Patriot 2015/II TV Series writer: "London Calling" - uncredited
Urban Hymn 2015 writer: "White Riot"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Len and Company 2015 writer: "Stay Free"
Battlefield Hardline 2015 Video Game writer: "This Is Radio Clash"
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Night at the Museum 3 2014 writer: "London Calling"
I Need a Dodge! Joe Strummer on the Run 2014 Documentary performer: "15 Brigade" / writer: "15 Brigade" / writer: "Spanish Bombs", "1977" - as Strummer
One Direction: The Inside Story 2014 Documentary writer: "Live While We're Young"
Kill the Messenger 2014 writer: "Know Your Rights"
My Mad Fat Diary 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top Gear 2011-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
EastEnders 2000-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Lilyhammer 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Traitors 2013 writer: "I'M SO BORED WITH THE U.S.A."
Rock the Casbah 2013 writer: "Rock the Casbah"
Rude Tube 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
This Is the End 2013 writer: "Paper Planes"
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978 2013 TV Movie documentary writer: "White Riot"
Seven Psychopaths 2012 performer: "The Unknown Immortal" / writer: "The Unknown Immortal"
Unforgettable: The Sweeney 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "London Calling" - uncredited
A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise 2012 writer: "Rock El Casbah" - as J. Strummer
London Calling 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
People Like Us 2012 writer: "Spanish Bombs"
The Hitchhiker 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
New Girl 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Heat 2012 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 writer: "London Calling"
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wanderlust 2012 writer: "Groovy Times"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "London Calling"
Banda sonora 2009-2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
I Melt with You 2011 writer: "Charlie Don't Surf"
I'm Still Here 2010/I writer: "Paper Planes"
Casal Rock 2010 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Warehouse 13 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get Him to the Greek 2010 writer: "London Calling"
Iron Man 2 2010 writer: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "The Magnificent Seven"
Hjernevask 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chuck 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Van Halen 2009 Video Game writer: "Safe European Home"
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
(500) Days of Summer 2009 writer: "Train in Vain Stand By Me"
Californication TV Series 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2008
The Brothers Bloom 2008 writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
It Might Get Loud 2008 Documentary writer: "Koka Kola"
RocknRolla 2008 as Strummer, "Bankrobber"
Slumdog Millionaire 2008 writer: "Paper Planes", "Paper Planes DFA Remix"
Hancock 2008 writer: "Paper Planes"
20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
War, Inc. 2008 writer: "Get Down Moses" / writer: "Yalla, Yalla" - as John Mellor
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground 2007 Video Game writer: "Clash City Rockers"
Big Love TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2006 - 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2007
[email protected] 2007 Documentary writer: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" - as Strummer
We Own the Night 2007 writer: "The Magnificent Seven"
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 "Ramshackle Day Parade"
SingStar Pop 2007 Video Game writer: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary performer: "The Brooding Sound Of Madness", "I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore", "Omotepe", "Filibustero", "A Rockin' World", "The Rose Of Erin" / writer: "White Riot", "Rock the Casbah", "London's Burning", "I'm So Bored With The USA", "1977", "What's My Name", "Garageland", "White Man In Hammersmith Palais", "The Call Up", "Magnificent Seven", "London Calling", "Rock The Casbah", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "In The Pouring Rain", "Career Oportunities"
Rock Band 2007 Video Game writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
The History Boys 2006 writer: "Mustapha Dance"
Stranger Than Fiction 2006 writer: "Death or Glory" 1979
You, Me and Dupree 2006 writer: "Train in Vain Stand by Me"
Over the Hedge 2006 writer: "Lost in the Supermarket"
Mini-Cleaners 2005 Short writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
American Dad! 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bang Bang Orangutang 2005 writer: "Straight to Hell", "Train in Vain Stand by Me", "The Magnificent Seven", "London Calling"
Embedded 2005 Video writer: "Know Your Rights"
In Her Shoes 2005 writer: "Stupid Girl" 1995
Entourage 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 writer: "Mondo Bongo"
Lords of Dogtown 2005 writer: "Death or Glory"
Millions 2004 writer: "Hitsville UK"
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Let's Rock Again! 2004 Documentary writer: "1977", "Arms Aloft", "Bhindi Bhagee", "Cool 'n' Out", "Get Down Moses", "Global a Go-Go", "Johnny Appleseed", "London's Burning", "Mega Bottle Ride", "Minstrel Boy", "Shaktar Donetsk", "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "Tony Adams", "Yalla Yalla" - as Strummer / writer: "Trash City"
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Subterranean TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Taking Lives 2004 writer: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Tony Hawk's Underground 2003 Video Game writer: "White Riot"
Beyond Borders 2003 writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Waking the Dead 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
School of Rock 2003 "Stay Free"
Janis et John 2003 writer: "Janie Jones"
Code 46 2003 writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Rugrats Go Wild 2003 "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
What a Girl Wants 2003 writer: "London Calling"
American Splendor 2003 writer: "Know Your Rights" 1982
End of the Century 2003 Documentary writer: "White Riot"
Ah! Si j'étais riche 2002 writer: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Die Another Day 2002 writer: "London Calling"
Gilmore Girls 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Callas Forever 2002 writer: "Complete Control" - as J. Strummer
24 Hour Party People 2002 writer: "Janie Jones"
Long Time Dead 2002 writer: "White Riot"
Gary Webb: In His Own Words 2002 Documentary short performer: "Redemption Song" / writer: "Redemption Song"
Black Hawk Down 2001 arranger: "Minstrel Boy Film Version" / producer: "Minstrel Boy Film Version"
The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 writer: "Rock The Casbah"
My Wife Is an Actress 2001 writer: "London Calling"
Me Without You 2001 writer: "White Riot" 1977, "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" 1979 - as Strummer
Someone Like You... 2001 writer: "Train in Vain"
Intimacy 2001 "London Calling" 1979 / writer: "London Calling" 1979
Antitrust 2001 writer: "Forbidden City"
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Coyote Ugly 2000 writer: "Tony Adams"
Complicity 2000 writer: "Straight to Hell"
Daria 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Billy Elliot 2000 writer: "London Calling"
Kevin & Perry Go Large 2000 writer: "Straight To Hell" - as Strummer
Hanging Up 2000 writer: "Train In Vain"
28 Days 2000 writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go" 1981
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 1999 writer: "White Riot"
Bringing Out the Dead 1999 writer: "Janie Jones", "I'm So Bored With the USA"
Brokedown Palace 1999 writer: "Rock the Casbah"
Rogue Trader 1999 writer: "Rock the Casbah"
That '70s Show 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bravo Two Zero 1999 TV Movie writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "London Calling", "Rock the Casbah"
Fast Food 1999 writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Divorcing Jack 1998 writer: "Bank Robber", "White Riot", "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
Can't Hardly Wait 1998 writer: "Ghost Radio"
The Simpsons 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Friends 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu 1993-1998 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1997 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 performer: "War Cry" / producer: "War Cry" / writer: "War Cry", "Rudie Can't Fail"
Hollow Reed 1996 writer: "Train in Vain"
Top of the Pops 1979-1996 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Beavis and Butt-Head 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
When Pigs Fly 1993 performer: "POURING RAIN" / writer: "POURING RAIN"
I Hired a Contract Killer 1990 "Burning Light", "Afro-Cuban Be-Bop", "Ned Your Love So Bad", "My Nerves", "Young Girl", "Suffering With The Blues" / performer: "Body And Soul"
Wired 1989 performer: "Love Kills" / writer: "Love Kills"
Permanent Record 1988 performer: "Baby the Trans", "Nothin' 'Bout Nothin'", "Trash City", "Nefertiti Rock", "Cholo Vest" / producer: "Baby the Trans", "Nothin' 'Bout Nothin'", "Trash City", "Nefertiti Rock", "Cholo Vest" / writer: "Baby the Trans", "Nothin' 'Bout Nothin'", "Trash City", "Nefertiti Rock", "Cholo Vest"
Walker 1987 arranger: "Silver Threads Among the Gold" - uncredited
First Among Equals 1986 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Sid and Nancy 1986 performer: "Love Kills", "Dum Dum Club" / writer: "Love Kills", "Dum Dum Club"
Straight to Hell 1986 performer: "Yakety Yak", "Ambush At Mystery Rock" / writer: "Ambush At Mystery Rock", "Salsa Y Ketchup"
The Clash: Rock the Casbah 1982 Video short writer: "Rock The Casbah"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Straight to Hell Returns 2010 Simms
South Park 1998 TV Series Joe Strummer
Docteur Chance 1997 Vince Taylor
Question d'honneur 1997 Short
I Hired a Contract Killer 1990 Guitar Player / Singer
Mystery Train 1989 Johnny aka Elvis (segment "Lost in Space")
Walker 1987 Faucet
Candy Mountain 1987 Mario
Straight to Hell 1986 Simms
Hell W10 1983 Police Officer
The King of Comedy 1982 Street Scum
Rude Boy 1980 Rhythym guitarist

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary musician - 1 episode
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 TV Special composer: song "London Calling"
Die Another Day 2002 composer: song "London Calling"
Face 1997/I composer: song "London Calling"
Basquiat 1996 soundtrack producer - uncredited
Wired 1989 song producer
Walker 1987 music arranger / music producer / musician

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gypsy Woman 2001
Question d'honneur 1997 Short
Permanent Record 1988
Walker 1987
Rude Boy 1980
The Clash: London Calling 1979 Video short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Essential Clash 2003 Video documentary video "Hell W10"
Hell W10 1983

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
Let's Rock Again! 2004 Documentary producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hell W10 1983 writer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dispatches from Nicaragua 2008 Video documentary dedicatee
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 special thanks
Small Town Gay Bar 2006 Documentary thanks
End of the Century 2003 Documentary dedicated to the memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live 1982 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Clash: Rock the Casbah 1982 Video short Himself
D.O.A. 1980 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
Punk and Its Aftershocks 1980 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
The Clash: London Calling 1979 Video short Himself
The Punk Rock Movie from England 1978 Documentary Himself
So It Goes 1977 TV Series Himself
Punk in London 1977 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
The London Weekend Show 1976 TV Series Himself
Morphine Journey of Dreams 2014 Documentary
Quiero tener una ferretería en Andalucía 2011 Documentary Himself
Oil City Confidential 2009 Documentary Himself
The Colony 2009 Documentary Himself
The Clash: Revolution Rock 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Clash: Tory Crimes and Other Tales 2008 Video Himself (as The Clash)
Clash: Up Close and Personal 2006 Video documentary Himself (as The Clash)
The Clash: The Clash's London Calling 2006 Video Himself (as The Clash)
Glastonbury 2006 Documentary Himself
Give 'Em the Boot 2005 Video Himself
London Calling: 25th Anniversary Edition 2004 Video documentary Himself (as The Clash)
The Essential Clash 2003 Video documentary Himself
End of the Century 2003 Documentary Himself - The Clash
Back to Hell 2002 Video documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2001 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1999-2001 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
25 Years of Punk 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Super 8 Stories 2001 Documentary Himself
The Clash: Westway to the World 2000 Video documentary Himself
Life, Death, and Damien 2000 Documentary Himself
Q Awards 2000 2000 TV Special Himself - Winner, Inspiration Award
Later... With Jools Holland 2000 TV Series Himself
Fuji Rock Festival '99 1999 TV Movie Himself
South Park (Chef: Behind the Menu) 1998 TV Short Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Completely Pogued 1991 Video documentary Himself
The Pogues: Live at the Town and Country 1988 TV Movie documentary Guest Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - The Clash
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Himself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Rise and Fall of The Clash 2012 Documentary Himself
Punk Britannia 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Strummerville 2010 Documentary Himself
Dispatches from Nicaragua 2008 Video documentary Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary Himself
U2: Window in the Skies 2007 Video short Himself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself - The Clash
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Viva Joe Strummer: The Clash and Beyond 2005 Video documentary
Let's Rock Again! 2004 Documentary Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Punk 1991 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
Cathode Fuck 1986 Video documentary Himself, Member of The Clash

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals · Johnny Cash


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1 I spoke to Paul Simon about this and he said, 'Hey man, before Graceland I was dead in the water. Nobody was checking my stuff.' So he's a realist. He had some barren years after stuff like One-Trick Pony, and out of the hat he pulled Graceland. So life is interesting: anything can happen. But you've got to be tough enough to take a spell in the wilderness, instead of hoping to be in the spotlight the whole fucking time. People get sick of you.
2 To me our music is like Jamaican stuff - if they can't hear it, they're not supposed to hear it. It's not for them if they can't understand it.
3 I found that I was just hopeless at school. It was just a total bore. First I passed in art and English, and then just art. Then I passed out.


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