27 December 2015

04 September 2015

I Need A Dodge: Joe Strummer on the Run

Produced and Directed by Nick Hall, this is the story of Joe Strummer's self-imposed exile in Granada in 1985/6. It will be released on DVD by MVD on October 16th and comes packaged with a cassette of a Spanish radio interview with Strummer, a postcard, sticker, and pin.

"This is Joe Strummer at a crossroads in his professional and personal life. Initially his trips to Spain seemed to be little more than an anecdote but this story says so much about Joe coming to terms with life after The Clash," said Hall. 

Johnny Green, The Clash's legendary road manager said of the film, "I glowed - I felt uplifted. Once again, it was as if I had spent a little time with my dear lost friend, Joe Strummer. I was hooked all through - the story is compulsive. More to the point, you have perfectly captured the brooding melancholia, that shy underside, which was a compelling component of Ol' Joe. I Need A Dodge is fabulous." The film also received a special mention at the In-Edit Festival in Barcelona.

Heading to Spain in 1985 to flee the disaster that was the implosion of The Clash version two, the band formed in the wake of Strummer firing Mick Jones and aftre Topper Headon left the band. The new line-up's Cut The Crap album had largely been shunned by both critics and the public alike and Strummer needed space. Telling a Diario De Granada interviewer that he had come "to feel the pain of the wound," upon arrival in Granada, Strummer found himself firmly subsumed into the city's musical and cultural fabric. He was welcomed with open arms by local acts 091 and bigger-fish Radio Fortuna, who all met up at the Silbar.

"When we met Joe it was like a miraculous apparition," said Jose Ignacio Lapido, 091's guitarist. It was Radio Fortuna who facilitated the purchase of a set of wheels for Strummer. Tracking down a Barreiros, essentially a European edition of the Dodge-Dart, became a mission. As Santiago Auseron, the Radio Fortuna singer said, "It looked cool, it just looked a bit mad. Which at that time suited Joe very well." 

Strummer was delighted with the huge car which he thrashed around the streets of Granada and Madrid. However, having parked the car in the capital when he flew back to the UK for the birth of his daughter Lola, he forgot where it was and never saw it again. I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run is partly the story of the search for the car, and partly the story of Strummer's own search for meaning and redemption in those wilderness years. 

Strummer launched an unsuccessful attempt to find the car, making an appeal for information on Spain's Radio 3 in 1997. With witnesses disagreeing on the colour and style of the car - agreeing only that it was registered in Oviendo - and some claiming never to have seen it, filmmaker Nick Hall's quest seems unlikely to succeed, yet his investigation does unearth the truth about this period of Strummer's life that has largely been ignored.

Installing himself in the producer's chair for the recording of 091's album, Strummer's micro-management led, rather than to the boost these star-struck musicians were hoping for, to a growing sense of disquiet and wasted studio time. The album eventually surfaced, having finished off to the record label's specification rather than the band's, and was disappointing.

The Dodge is an emblem for Strummer's time in Spain, his ambition, personal style and, in a way, the nature of those troubled days in general. When he is pulled over by the police, it is revealed that he doesn't even have a license to drive. Drawing on the recollections of his friends in London and in Spain, his partner Gaby Holford, and the members of 091 and Radio Fortuna, this a revealing story of a search for much more than just a car.

"It was an escape. He was a man on the run. He was getting away from the tension in London," says Santiago Auseron.

Joe Strummer did, indeed, need a Dodge.



The DVD package can be pre-ordered directly through MVD here, or on Amazon here.

01 August 2015

Ducks Deluxe - Please Please Please

Ducks Deluxe ‎– Don't Mind Rockin' Tonite - RCA 12" Vinyl LP - Promo 1978 - NM-

16 June 2015

New 3CD Box Offers A Heavy Dose Of Rare & Unreleased Iggy Pop Recordings!

When Michigan based proto-punk band The Stooges called it a day in 1974, the music world mourned the loss of one of the most groundbreaking rock bands ever. Fortunately, the mourning didn’t last long as head Stooge Iggy Pop quickly launched a stunning solo career that arguably eclipsed his auspicious early years. Psychophonic Medicine is an incredible 3CD collection of rare and unreleased gems that focuses on Pop’s crucial late’70s, early ‘80s post-Stooges output. The collection, available everywhere June 23 courtesy of Cleopatra Records, features studio outtakes from the landmark albums The Idiot and Party including never before released alternate mixes and 2 tracks not previously released in any form! Each of these recordings provides important insight into how Pop evolved from punk pioneer to one of the most diverse and adventurous artists in music.

But the party doesn’t stop there - the set also contains some of Iggy’s most electrifying live performances. Disc 2 is the first ever CD release of the legendary show at Paris Palace 1979. This incredible full-length recording showcases Iggy at his most explosive and audacious, ripping through such favorites as “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “Cock In My Pocket,” “Kill City” and more! A newly discovered audio source from Pop’s San Francisco performance in 1981 wraps up the collection in fine form with scalding versions of “I Need More,” “Lust For Life,” “TV Eye,” “1969,” “The Winter Of My Discontent” and others. Each of the three discs is packaged in its own wallet and comes with a gorgeous 36-page full color booklet featuring rare photos from the archives of longtime Stooges photographer and co-author of the only authorized Stooges biography, Robert Matheu, who also wrote the liner notes. And if that isn’t enough, the box includes a special bonus track of Iggy’s duet with Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino that was featured on HBO’s True Blood! Both collectors and the curious will find Psychophonic Medicine an irresistible aural trip.
DISC 1: RARITIES
The Idiot Outtakes (1977)
1. Dum Dum Boys (Alternate Mix)
2. Baby (Alternate Mix)
3. China Girl (Alternate Mix)
4. Tiny Girls (Outtake)
Party Outtakes (1981)
5. It's My Life (Unreleased)
6. Bang Bang (Alternate Mix)
7. Sea of Love (Alternate Mix)
8. Time Won't Let Me (Alternate Mix)
Ric Ocasek Sessions (1983)
9. Fire Engine
10. Warrior Tribe
11. Old Mule Skinner
Steve Jones Demos (1985)
12. Beside You
13. Cry For Love
14. Purple Haze
15. Warm Feeling (Unreleased)
BONUS TRACK
16. Let’s Boot And Rally with Bethany Cosentino

DISC 2: PARIS PALACE 1979
1. Cock In My Pocket
2. Kill City
3. Fortune Teller
4. New Values
5. Billy Is A Runaway
6. I Wanna Be Your Dog
7. Five Foot One
8. Dirt
9. Batman
10. Louie Louie
11. Shake Appeal
12. I’m Bored

DISC 3: SAN FRANCISCO 1981
1. I Need More
2. Some Weird Sin
3. Houston Is Hot Tonight
4. TV Eye
5. 1969
6. Rock and Roll Party
7. Bang, Bang
8. Dum Dum Boys
9. Eggs On Plate
10. I'm a Conservative
11. I Need More (Again)
12. Lust for Life
13. The Winter of My Discontent

08 June 2015

Elvis Costello and The Attractions ‎– Everyday I Write the Book

Elvis Costello and The Attractions ‎– Everyday I Write the Book - F-Beat 12" Vinyl 45 EP - UK Import - 1983 - NM