Rare Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros tracks released – listen

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A selection of rare Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros tracks have been released – and you can listen to them below.

After The Clash disbanded in 1985, the frontman and punk icon started working with the backing band he called The Mescaleros in the mid-to-late 1990s. The band’ first album ‘Rock Art and the X-Ray Style’ was released in 1999.

Their second studio album ‘Global a Go-Go’ followed in 2001. A third album was released posthumously in 2003, after Strummer’s death in 2002.


To celebrate what would have been Strummer’s 60th birthday year, the final two LPs have now been re-released, and are packed with extra tracks, some of which you can hear below.

As well as live versions of the B-sides ‘Rudi, A Message To You’ and ‘The Harder They Come’, you can also hear a live version of Ramones cover ‘Blitzkreig Bop’.

Also below is a previously unheard live version of ‘Bindee Bhagee’ – recorded at Strummer’s last show on November 15, 2002 at Acton Town Hall, were The Mescaleros played a benefit concert for striking firefighters in London. Mick Jones, who was in the audience, later joined the band on stage for an impromptu performance.

The tracklisting for the re-issued albums is as follows:

‘Global A Go-Go’ (CD and Double Vinyl)

‘Johnny Appleseed’
‘Cool ‘N’ Out’
‘Global A GO-GO’
‘Bhindi Bhagee’
‘Gamma Ray’
‘Mega Bottle Ride’
‘Shaktar Donetsk’
‘Mondo Bongo’
‘Bummed Out City’
‘At The Border, Guy’
‘Minstrel Boy’
‘Bindee Bhagee (Live from the Acton concert) [CD Only]


‘Streetcore’ (CD and Vinyl)

‘Coma Girl’
‘Get Down Moses’
‘Long Shadow’
‘Arms Aloft’
‘Ramshackle Day Parade’
‘Redemption Song’
‘All In A Day’
‘Burnin’ Streets’
‘Midnight Jam’
‘Silver And Gold’
‘The Harder They Come’ (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) [CD Only]
‘Rudi, A Message To You’ (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) [CD Only]
‘Blitzkreig Bop’ (live) (B-side of Coma Girl) [CD Only]
‘Yalla Yalla’ (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) [CD Only]
‘Armagideon’ Time (B-side to Redemption Song) [CD Only]
‘Pressure Drop’ (B-side to Redemption Song) [CD Only]
‘Junco Partner’ (from Hellcat Give Em The Boot IVcompilation) [CD Only]