Monday, August 6, 2012

Joe Strummer's London Calling BBC Radio Shows

From 1999 to 2002 Joe Strummer the frontman of The Clash hosted a radio show for the BBC World Service. The show followed a very simple format with Joe spinning the records he had gathered from being a teenager living in Africa and Latin America to the reggae and rock records that would later become a tremendous influence in the music of The Clash. London Calling really did have a bit of music to suit any persons taste. Personally this is where I first heard much of the music that I now regularly listen to including artists like Big Youth, Francoise Hardy, Sonny Okosun, R. Dean Taylor, and music styles like Congolese rumba. I've heard that all the shows that Joe did are available for download on iTunes however the download that I am making available here has four shows which were re-aired by the BBC in 2007 in honor of Joe Strummer's death. I really recommend this one to anyone out there as you can really discover some great music on these shows.

·    Cool Breeze - Big Youth
·    Stairway to the Stars - Ella Fitzgerald
·    Not Fade Away - Rolling Stones
·    Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival
·    Jeeny- Afel Bocoum
·    Castles Made of Sand - Jimi Hendrix
·    Shoba - A Sambe Siye E Goli (Let’s Go to Jo’burg)
·    Swingtown - Steve Miller Band

 Show 2 
·    Hit the Road Jack- Big Youth
·    Fire in Soweto - Sonny Okosun
·    Nursery Rhyme - Bo Diddley
·    “I Got Life” (Ain’t Got No)- Nina Simone
·    Crawfish - Elvis Presley
·    Rez - Underworld

Show 3
·    Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
·    The Freedom Fighters - The Upsetters
·    Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles - Francoise Hardy
·    Gwandir - Nasha
·    Corinna Corinna - Bob Dylan
·    Syncopate- The Astronauts
·    Nguellel - Baba Sek
·    Public Enemy #1 - Max Romeo

Show 4
·    Feeling Time - Joy White
·    Azara Al Hay - Rasha
·    Tippy Toes - The Meters
·    Cumbia Saramuya - Los Corraleros De Majagual
·    Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor
·    Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones
·    Hatisi Tose - Bhundu Boys