Mick Jones reveals he was writing songs with Joe Strummer prior to his death

Guitarist confirms he worked on new material in the studio around 2002

Mick Jones of The Clash has revealed that he was writing songs with Joe Strummer shortly before the frontman’s death in 2002.

Jones, speaking alongside his bandmates Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, revealed the news in interview with BBC 6Music that took place yesterday (October 4). The guitarist confirmed that he was writing with Strummer on songs that were due to be recorded by Strummer’s band The Mescaleros, claiming that he worked on tracks in small batches during overnight recording sessions.

“We did write some more songs together and he was going to do them with The Mescaleros,” said Jones. “We wrote a batch – we didn’t used to write one, we used to write a batch at a time – like gumbo. The idea was he was going to go into the studio with The Mescaleros during the day and then send them all home. I’d come in all night and we’d all work all night.”


Jones also hinted that Strummer may have made a new Clash album with the songs: “That didn’t come to nothing because that wasn’t going to work, we knew that but it was a nice idea. Later on, a few months later we were at some opening or something and I said, ‘What happened to those songs?!’ If you didn’t do them straight away and get them back straight away, it was like, ‘What’s wrong with them?!’ So, I went, ‘What happened to the songs?!’ He went, ‘Oh man, they’re the next Clash album’.”

The Clash recently released a comprehensive collection of the band’s music featuring remastered versions of the iconic punk band’s first five albums, ‘The Clash’ (1977), ‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’ (1978), ‘London Calling’ (1979), ‘Sandinista!’ (1980) and ‘Combat Rock’ (1982).

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