By Alex HudsonIf those documentaries and biopic rumblings have taught us anything, it's that Joe Strummer has not been forgotten in the decade since his death. Now, the legendary Clash snarler is being honoured with a retrospective compilation album and a handful of reissues.
The collection is called Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, The Hellcat Years, and it is out digitally today (August 21) through Hellcat Records. If Strummer were alive today, this would have been his 50th 60th birthday.
A press releases calls the comp "a comprehensive collection of recorded music, hard-to-find B-sides and never-before-heard impassioned live performances." It features the all three of the albums that Strummer recorded with the Mescaleros -- Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (1999), Global a Go-Go (2001) and Streetcore (2003) -- in their entirety, plus a host of rarities. It also includes a 2002 performance of a few Clash tunes with Mick Jones.
All told, there are 57 tracks, and you can see the tracklist below.
Following this digital release, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Global a Go-Go and Streetcore will all be reissued on September 25.
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, The Hellcat Years:
1. Tony Adams 2. Sandpaper Blues 3. X-ray Style 4. Techno D-day 5. The Road To Rock'n'roll 6. Nitcomb 7. Diggin' The New 8. Forbidden City 9. Yalla Yalla 10. Willesden to Cricklewood 11. Johnny Appleseed 12. Cool 'N' Out 13. Global a Go-Go 14. Bhindi Bhagee 15. Gamma Ray 16. Mega Bottle Ride 17. Shaktar Donetsk 18. Mondo Bongo 19. Bummed Out City 20. At The Border, Guy 21. Minstrel Boy 22. Coma Girl 23. Get Down Moses 24. Long Shadow 25. Arms Aloft 26. Ramshackle Day Parade 27. Redemption Song 28. All in a Day 29. Burnin' Streets 30. Midnight Jam 31. Silver And Gold 32. Time and the Tide (B-side of "Yalla Yalla") 33. The X-Ray Style (live summer '99) (B-side to "Yalla Yalla") 34. Yalla Yalla (Norro's King Dub) (7:01) (B-side to "Yalla Yalla") 35. The Harder They Come (live) (B-side to "Coma Girl") 36. Rudi, a Message to You (live) (B-side to "Coma Girl") 37. Blitzkreig Bop (live) (B-side of "Coma Girl") 38. Yalla Yalla (live) (B-side to "Coma Girl") 39. Armagideon Time (B-side to "Redemption Song") 40. Pressure Drop (B-side to "Redemption Song") 41. Junco Partner (from Hellcat Give Em the Boot IV compilation) 42. Shaktar Donetsk (Acton Concert) 43. Bhindee Bhagee (Acton Concert) 44. Rudy Can't Fail (Acton Concert) 45. Tony Adams (Acton Concert) 46. White Man in Hammersmith Palais (Acton Concert) 47. Mega Bottle Ride (Acton Concert) 48. Get Down Moses (Acton Concert) 49. Police and Thieves (Acton Concert) 50. Cool 'n' Out (Acton Concert) 51. Police on My Back (Acton Concert) 52. Johnny Appleseed (Acton Concert) 53. Coma Girl (Acton Concert) 54. I Fought the Law (Acton Concert) 55. Bank Robber (ft. Mick Jones) (Acton Concert) 56. White Riot (ft. Mick Jones) (Acton Concert) 57. London's Burning (ft. Mick Jones) (Acton Concert)