Song Of The Day: Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – “Johnny Appleseed” (2000)

Happy Birthday to the late great Joe Strummer, who was born on this day in 1952. It’s interesting, yesterday we celebrated Robert Plant’s birthday, and he was only four years older than Strummer and yet their respective bands represented entirely different Rock eras. As lead singer and songwriter for The Clash, Joe Strummer helped forge the band’s distinct sound in the late Seventies/early Eighties, not really Punk but not really New Wave either. After a decade-long lost weekend, Strummer emerged revitalized in the early 2000s with his new band the Mescaleros, who delivered a thrilling acoustic energy that Mumford & Sons would end up trying to emulate ten years later. But just when it looked like he was taking the Mescaleros to another level, Strummer passed away, far too soon, in 2002 at age 50. He is greatly missed.


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