JOE STRUMMER CELEBRATED WITH EMOTIONAL COMPANION VIDEO FOR THE PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD NEW SONG “FANTASTIC”
LANCE BANGS DIRECTS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO INCLUDING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE FROM THE JOE STRUMMER ARCHIVE AND SPECIAL CAMEO FROM EDDIE VEDDER
“If you think you miss Joe Strummer now, by the time you get to the end of this boxset, you are really going to miss this guy. What an impact, what an amazing musician, what an amazing human being, a great artist, and this boxset perfectly captures the man, the music and the moment. I’m so glad this came out.” ~Henry Rollins
Dark Horse Records continues its celebration of Joe Strummer with today’s premiere of the Lance Bangs directed official music video for “Fantastic,” featuring previously unseen footage from the Joe Strummer Archive, streaming now below or via YouTube HERE. The previously unreleased track is among the highlights found on Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years, the first-ever comprehensive collection highlighting Strummer’s work with his post-Clash band, The Mescaleros, available now on 4CD w/72-page book and 7LP w/32-page book, special edition packaging and exclusive 12”x12” art print.
“Fantastic” marks one of Strummer’s final recordings, with vocals recorded in December 2002 at the famed Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales, mere weeks after Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros played their last ever live show at Liverpool University on November 22, 2002. The track’s emotional companion video, directed by renowned rock ‘n’ roll filmmaker Lance Bangs (Nirvana, Sonic Youth) and featuring archival footage shot by Strummer, Dick Rude, Julien Temple, Don Letts and Josh Cheuse, along with a special cameo by Eddie Vedder and spoken word introduction by Strummer.
Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years includes remastered editions of all three of the band’s studio albums, plus 15 rare and unreleased tracks spanning the first demos Strummer wrote for The Mescaleros though outtakes from their final sessions. Executive produced by Joe’s widow Lucinda Tait and produced by David Zonshine, the richly curated boxset also features exclusive new interviews with Strummer’s friends, collaborators and Mescaleros band mates, plus never-before-seen handwritten notes, lyrics, and drawings by Strummer taken from the Joe Strummer Archive.