Dark Horse Records Celebrates
Solo Years With Career-Spanning Best Of Album ‘Assembly‘
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Official Video For The Clash classic, I Fought The Law Released
This 16-Track Compilation Features Carefully Curated Singles, Fan Favourites, Archival Rarities, And More.
Dark Horse Records Celebrates The Release With A New Official Video For The Album Track, The Clash classic, I Fought The Law The Track Was Recorded Live In London In 2001 By Joe With His Band The Mescaleros
Dark Horse Records celebrates the release of ‘ASSEMBLY,’ the newly remastered collection of solo cuts from Joe Strummer, the former front man of The Clash, with the video for I Fought The Law. The song was famously covered by Joe’s former band, The Clash, and this newly unearthed version was recorded live in London by Joe and his band The Mescaleros.
I Fought The Law, along with the other live track, The Clash favorite, Rudie Can’t Fail, were thought to be lost, but were discovered and mixed and mastered by three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks (The Beatles / John Lennon / The Rolling Stones / David Bowie) especially for the release of ‘ASSEMBLY.’ The accompanying video for the track was created by Spencer Ramsey.
‘ASSEMBLY’ is available now on Limited Edition 2xLP Red vinyl, gatefold 2xLP 180g black vinyl, CD and digitally for streaming and download now.
‘ASSEMBLY’ showcases carefully curated singles, fan favorites, and archival rarities from the Joe Strummer solo catalog, including Coma Girl, Johnny Appleseed, and Yalla Yalla (with The Mescaleros) to his iconic rendition of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and soundtrack contributions like “Love Kills” (from the 1986 film, Sid and Nancy). This 16-track compilation features three previously unreleased versions of classic Clash tracks, including the never-before-heard Junco Partner (Acoustic) and electrifying live performances of Rudie Can’t Fail and I Fought The Law, the latter two of which were recorded by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros at London’s Brixton Academy on November 24, 2001. In addition, ‘ASSEMBLY’ includes exclusive liner notes written especially for this collection by lifelong Strummer fan, Jakob Dylan.
Punk poet, musician, composer, actor, and style icon, Joe Strummer spent his life smashing musical and cultural boundaries both as the singer of The Clash and as a solo artist. His songs sound as urgent and vital today as when they were written. Calling out social injustices and giving a voice to the struggles of the working class, Strummer’s politically charged lyrics struck a chord with legions of fans and the press alike, with Rolling Stone calling The Clash “the greatest rock & roll band in the world.” “People can change anything they want to,” he famously once said, “and that means everything in the world.” Through his art Joe Strummer played his part in shaping the musical landscape of the world and with it left an unrivaled and timeless legacy.
Last year saw Strummer’s iconic life and music commemorated with “A Song For Joe: Celebrating the Birthday of Joe Strummer,” a star-studded global live stream featuring performances and testimonials from an array of friends, fans, and musical followers, including Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Josh Homme, Tom Morello, Jim Jarmusch, members of The Strokes, Brian Fallon, Steve Buscemi, and many more. The free event benefitted the National Independent Venue Association’s (NIVA) #SaveOurStages campaign to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live event venues and promoters throughout the United States and is streaming now via Joe’s Official YouTube Channel HERE.
George Harrison’s passion for introducing the world to new music expressed itself in May of 1974 when he created his own new label – DARK HORSE RECORDS. The label contained a variety of talented artists on its roster, including George himself. ‘ASSEMBLY’ marks the first new Joe Strummer title released via the newly relaunched Dark Horse Records, led by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine.
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