366TAS: 2:39 – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Silver and Gold

Unlike Warren Zevon, whose story I chronicled yesterday, Joe Strummer didn’t see his death coming. On December 22, 2002, he died suddenly from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. Strummer had been working on a new album at the time and members of the band worked to release material from these recording sessions, even though they included first takes of vocal performances and perhaps songs not intended to be on the album. You would probably never know this from giving a listen to Streetcore, however. It’s a strong album that got excellent critical response and in no way feels like an incomplete work.

Wrapping up the album – and Strummer’s career – is “Silver and Gold,” a cover of an old Bobby Charles song, “Before I Grow Too Old.” Like Zevon’s final albums, it’s a song that contemplates mortality, acknowledging that there’s a limited time that we have to do the things we want to do. Strummer didn’t realize how apt this would be for him personally, but when he rasps “okay, that’s a take!” to close out the album, it somehow feels like he’s putting a finishing touch on a remarkable career.

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2 Responses to 366TAS: 2:39 – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Silver and Gold

  1. John says:

    Sad death. I figured that a Clash reunion tour had to happen at some point, but, alas…

    Do the rules for this project allow you to select a Clash song later on, or does this exclude all of their work (or at least the songs that Mick Jones didn’t sing lead on)?

    I’ll go with a song that makes me think of 3WS in Pittsburgh and oldies radio, the Grass Roots’ “Temptation Eyes”:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVVpDfxhcOo&w=420&h=315%5D

    • Captain Easychord says:

      yeah, I retain the liberty to post a Clash song later on should I see fit… the way I see it, they’re different acts involving a distinctly different group of folks, influences, etc… besides, think of all the great musicians who have played in a number of different groups… now get rid of most of those groups because of some type of overlap…

      that said, there are some limits… I’m not going to post a tom petty song and another one that’s from tom petty and the heartbreakers… that just seems too close… genesis and phil collins? I’ll allow it… simon and garfunkel in addition to paul simon solo? yeah, sure… tracks from ben folds AND the ben folds five? hmmm… borderline, probably not… heck, I’m still mulling over one of these choices involving an artist I’ve already posted… it’s a little bit arbitrary, but it’s my list and I can play fast and loose with the rules if I want to 🙂

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