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10 Punk Songs Influenced by George Orwell’s “1984”

George Orwell’s “1984” is one of the most widely-read and influential books in pop culture today, but perhaps nowhere has it held more sway than in our beloved punk scene.  You’ll see it recommended in the liner notes of bands like Rise Against and Propagandhi and there’s almost no end to the number of punk acts with lyrics influenced by the famous novel.  Below are just 10 punk songs that reference “1984”. Thanks George.

10 things you probably didn’t know about Joe Strummer (The Clash)

There’s a pretty good chance you are at least familiar with the name Joe Strummer. You might even recognize him as the founder, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of The Clash, the iconic British punk band that had a short-lived but successful ten-year run from 1976 to 1986. But there’s so much more you probably don’t know! To help educate you we’ve put together a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Mr. Strummer, who died 12 years ago on this day. Expand your knowledge below.

DS Staff Picks – Top Albums of 2013 (griffintainment)

Hey what’s up, beautiful people.  My name’s Dustin, I’m a reviewer of many fine records here at Dying Scene.

This is my list of the Top 10 releases of the past year.

I realized as I was compiling my list that shaving it down to just 10 was a lot tougher than I thought it would be.  The Creepshow, Off With Their Heads and The Flatliners released albums that all sat around the 11 spot.

Also I think I should mention why I didn’t include The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute. It’s a great album, a great idea and features the best collection of bands I’ve ever seen in a single comp. I just felt that to rate it or place it a certain spot on a list is missing the point of it in the first place.

Not so for the ten that follow. Agree, disagree, kiss you computer screen or punch it, it’s all good to me. Cheers.

Watch: The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” from upcoming “US Festival: Days 1-3” DVD

Here’s something cool to wrap up your pre-Thanksgiving punk news!

As probably four of you are old enough to remember, The Clash were one of the biggest bands on the planet in 1983. In what became Mick Jones’ last appearance with the band, The Clash appeared at “New Wave Day” of the 1983 US Festival, alongside INXS, Oingo Boingo, Flock of Seagulls, Men At Work, Stray Cats and more (U2, Ozzy, David Bowie, Judas Priest and more played later in the weekend in front of a combined 670,000 people).

Click here to watch The Clash’s performance of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” from that performance. It’s available on a DVD chronicling the event due out next week (December 3rd).

Mick Jones and Paul Simonon open up about The Clash reuniting

In a recent interview with, The Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon revealed that they they had turned down chances to reunite and that most reformations are motivated by financial reasons. Asked if The Clash would have reunited if Joe Strummer hadn’t died, Jones replied:

“We had opportunities. That’s it, really. It didn’t happen. It never seemed right.”

Simonon then added, “It’s a better story at the end of the day that we didn’t get back together. We saved all that time and effort by not reforming. It seems like we would have squandered what we’d achieved by reforming. Why do people get together? Why do bands reform? Oh, they’re good mates. Well, that’s nice. It’s usually because of a financial situation that has to be adhered to. Basically, everyone’s broke.”

The Clash broke up in 1986 after a ten year run, which spanned six critically-acclaimed albums, including London Calling (1979) and Sandinista! (1980). Prior to Joe Strummer’s death in 2002, the band considered reuniting and recording a new album.

Interview: Mick Jones and Paul Simonon talk all things Clash with Ian Rubbish (Fred Armisen)

This has been floating around the interwebs for most of the day, but in case you haven’t seen it…

In order to promote the recent release of several career retrospectives of various shapes and sizes, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones of The Clash sat down for an interview with the one-and-only Ian Rubbish. Rubbish, you may recall, is the 70s Brit-punk character ever-so-brilliantly portrayed by Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen.

Whatever your thoughts of SNL (or Armisen’s other noteworthy project, Portlandia for that matter) his Ian Rubbish character is pretty much pitch-perfect. Jones and Simonon seem to agree. Click here to check it out.

Mick Jones reveals he was working on new music with Joe Strummer before he died

According to, The Clash frontman Mick Jones told BBC 6Music that he was writing songs with Joe Strummer just prior to his death in 2002. He said the songs he wrote with Strummer were due to be recorded by Strummer’s band The Mescaleros, claiming that he worked on tracks in small batches during overnight recording sessions. Jones recalls:

“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.”

About the songs, Jones hinted that Strummer may have made a new Clash album, which would have been their first since 1985’s Cut the Crap and with Jones on vocals since 1982’s Combat Rock. He states, “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 broke up in 1986 after a ten year run, which spanned six critically-acclaimed albums, including London Calling (1979) and Sandinista! (1980). The band recently released the box set Sound System.

Watch 5-part documentary on The Clash’s first 5 albums from Google

Google has released a 5-part documentary on iconic British punk act The Clash‘s first five albums, entitled “Audio Ammunition.” Here’s a brief run-down on what it’s all about, courtesy of the folks at Google:

In this exclusive documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of the late, great Joe Strummer, all four members of “the only band that matters” walk us through the making of each of their classic albums.

You can watch all 5 parts of “Audio Ammunition” below.

“Sound System,” a box set with reissues of all these records and a TON of other stuff from The Clash, came out earlier this week. More details on that can be found here. Apparently the CD version is split into 13 discs… wow.

New(ish) Video: The Clash – “White Riot” from upcoming “Sound System” box set

So as to tickle our collective asses with a feather in advance of a series of epic releases next week, The Clash have posted a reworked video for the legendary track “White Riot.”

The video appears on one of the thirteen discs that are featured in the career-spanning “Sound System” box set, which is due September 10th. “Sound System” is a collection of all of remastered versions of the band’s five studio releases, plus “video of everything from their first recording session in 1976 through incredible gigs in New York and Sussex University and three discs of remixes, alternative versions and b-sides.”

Also slated for release on the same date is “Hits Back,” a two disc collection of remastered versions of their greatest hits. According to The Clash’s Mick Jones, these will be the last proper Clash releases: “”I’m not even thinking about any more Clash releases. This is it for me, and I say that with an exclamation mark.” Here’s a recent interview he did with Rolling Stone celebrating the project.

Oh, and click here to check out “White Riot.”

Random Cover Song: The Clash – “Brand New Cadillac” (Vince Taylor)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today’s cover comes from punk legends The Clash, performing their take on Vince Taylor’s “Brand New Cadillac”. The song was originally released as a b-side to Taylor’s 1959 single “Pledgin’ My Love”, while The Clash recorded their version for their 1979 landmark album, London Calling.

Compare both versions for yourself right here.

Joe Strummer memorial mural removed from East Village building

We’ve got some sad news for you today. The famous Joe Stummer memorial mural that has been a landmark of the East Village in NYC since 2003 is no more. The building that housed it, at the corner of East 7th St and Avenue A, is being renovated, and the workers obliterated it today.

Rumor has it Niagara, the bar whose wall the mural graced, plans to recreate it, but that’s not confirmed.

The Clash to be honored with Silver Clef Award

This Friday (June 28th), British punk rock icons The Clash will be honored with a Silver Clef Award in London for their contributions to UK music. Organized by music charity Nordiff-Robbins, the annual Silver Clef Awards honor artists from across the music industry, while raising funds for their music therapy programs. David Munns, the chairman of Nordiff-Robbins, on honoring The Clash:

“The Clash’s music has just as much influence today as it did when they first came onto the music scene in 1976. It is no wonder London Calling has been described as one of the most influential rock albums of all time.” He then continued on to say: “Having been enormously influential in the UK music scene for over 35 years, I can think of no band more deserving of this award than The Clash.”

Learn more about Nordiff-Robbins, the 2013 awards, and what you can do to help here.

The Clash released their last album Cut the Crap in 1985 on Epic Records and disbanded in the following year. This was way before many of our readers/followers/editors were even born. Joe Strummer died in 2002.

The Clash to release new box set, compilation album

Iconic British punk rock band The Clash have not just one new release in store, but two. The first release is a boombox box called Sound System. The box set contains “all of The Clash’s seminal studio albums remastered, three-CD demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides, DVD of all videos with unseen footage by Julien Temple and Don Letts, original and newly commissioned Clash fanzines, exclusive poster, dog tags, stickers, badges and more.” The box is due for release on September 10th and is available for pre-order on Amazon and and iTunes.

The second release is a double compilation album called Hits Back, containing 33 classic Clash songs sequenced from their Brixton Fair Deal performance in 1982. There are also eight bonus tracks and a set list handwritten by Joe Strummer. The live album is due out on September 9th, the day before the box set, and pre-orders can be found on Amazon and and iTunes.

The trailers for the new releases can be viewed here.

The Clash released their last album Cut the Crap in 1985 on Epic Records and disbanded in the following year. This was way before many of our readers/followers/editors were even born. Joe Strummer died in 2002.

Granada, Spain to rename square in honor of Joe Strummer

It has been announced that Granada, Spain will be renaming one of it’s squares “Plaza de Joe Strummer,” in memory of the late punk legend, who mentioned the city in The Clash‘s song, “Spanish Bombs.” Here’s what city hall spokeswoman, Maria Jose Anguita, had to say:

“A square has been identified and now the proposal has to be approved by the committee of honours and distinctions. There was a popular petition for this to happen and the city hall accepted it.”

Along with that, a film documenting Strummers’ trip to Spain, which took place after Mick Jones’ departure from The Clash, is currently in the works. The documentary is called “I Need A Dodge,” and the release date is currently unannounced. We’ll keep you posted as more details surface.

Ten Years Gone – Remembering Joe Strummer

As a general rule, I try to live life without regret, particularly surrounding trivial matters, like whether or not to go to a punk rock show. To me, there’s no sense spending precious time fretting over something you wish you had done (or wish you hadn’t done, I suppose). That being said, there is one thing that I’ve spent countless hours kicking myself over for more than a decade: not seeing Joe Strummer live.

I’m too young to have seen The Clash in concert. Topper Headon left the band when I was three, Mick Jones the following year. My parents weren’t big on the 70s punk sound, so it wasn’t until junior high that I was introduced to The Clash. That introduction came by way of having seen the video for “Rock The Casbah.” Admittedly, I thought it was incredibly goofy at the time (and I still believe that – see for yourself here), so The Clash still didn’t really weave their way into my consciousness.

A few years later, I finally caught wind of London Calling. The rest, as “they” say all too frequently, was history.

Fast-forward to November 1999. One of the guys at the liquor store I was working at asked if I could cover a shift for him one Monday night because he had tickets to see Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros at the Roxy in Boston. Actually, he had asked if I wanted to go with him to the show, but as I was working my way through undergrad at the time, I figured I could use the money and catch Joe the next time around. I balked at the chance to go, and picked up the extra shift instead. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Exactly three years to the day later (11/22/02), Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros would play a show at Liverpool University. Little did anybody know at the time, but that night would go down in rock history as Joe Strummer’s last show: he died exactly one month later, unexpectedly and at home, due to a congenital heart defect that realistically could have taken him at any time.

Entire volumes can be written on Strummer’s life and legacy; in fact, a good many of them have been already. The point herein is not to rehash all that has been said or add anything new to that narrative. Instead, on the tenth anniversary of Strummer’s passing, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the work that spanned his career. Joe’s music was important. While the sound may have changed over the years, it remained vital: thought-provoking, boundary-pushing, genre-fusing, in ways that most artists could only wish to match. To Joe’s credit, much of his work sounds just as relevant today as when it was first released.

What follows is a mix of ten songs from all periods of Joe’s career: the 101ers, The Mescaleros, The Pogues, The Latino Rockabilly War, and a duet with Johnny Cash. Oh, and of course The Clash. There are a obviously going to be things that I missed, but I think there’s a pretty cool mix, including a live performance of “White Man In Hammersmith Palais,” performed during the encore of that show in Liverpool that proved to be his farewell to the music world. Check it out here, and listen to it loud.