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Streetcore was completed after Joe Strummer’s death, and though the record bears his name, Strummer did not get a chance to sign off on the final product. As a result Streetcore lacks the musical focus that drove Global A Go-Go, his debut with the Mescaleros. “Ramshackle Day Parade” and “Burning Streets” are the kind of overwrought ballads that Strummer seemed to oppose with every fiber of being. “Coma Girl” and “Get Down Moses,” on the other hand, are pure Strummer: vigorous fusions of rock ’n’ roll attitude and Rastafarian urgency. The most astounding aspect of Streetcore is Strummer’s voice, an instrument of wild spirit and immovable conviction that hadn’t changed at all since the Clash’s glory days. Even when the Mescaleros veer into pomposity, Strummer’s vocals are always an anchor straight to the soil. In the end, the album bids farewell in the best way possible; Strummer’s reading of the Bobby Charles New Orleans nugget “Before I Grow Too Old (Silver and Gold)” says more about the man’s spirit and his legacy than the rest of the album combined.

Customer Reviews

Best download in a long time...

I am a big fan of The Clash, and have heard bits of this album on our local independent radio station - but I was totally floored when I downloaded it. The has songs that are every bit as strong as Strummers stuff with The Clash. It gos from strength to strength from its opening catchy track, "Coma Girl" through awesome rockers "Arms Aloft" and "Burning Streets". Midnight Jam is a very relaxing and innovative tune as well. What a shame he is gone - he was definately peaking again and had a lot more to give.


Whoever wrote the itunes review for this record doesn't seem to have any knowledge of his post-Clash music. First off, Global A Go-Go was not his first record with the Mescaleros, it was Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, and to suggest his derision for ballads, just listen to the title track from that record. I have all 3 of these records on a playlist, and it's sometimes hard to remember what song came from what album. And I mean that in the best-possible early 70's Bob Marley way, not in a post Back in Black AC/DC way. It's 3 records of consistenly top-notch music sharing a collective world music vision that I haven't heard replicated by any other artist.

About That "iTunes Review"

Don't judge this album based on what that person wrote on the official iTunes Review. That reviewer probably thinks "Cut the Crap" was the best Clash album ever. In any event, "Ramshackle Day Parade" and "Burning Streets" are as good as anything Joe Strummer has ever done, and that says a lot being that Joe Strummer is responsible for some of the best songs in rock history. As for the rest of the album, listen to it. The only bad thing about it is that we will never have a follow up to it, and that's unfortunate for a number of reasons, not the least being that this record shows that Joe still had the magic touch.

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