New Joe Strummer CD, <em>The Future is Unwritten</em>, Released Today ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Monday, May 14, 2007

New Joe Strummer CD, The Future is Unwritten, Released Today

Joe Strummer - The Future is UnwrittenI generally find the majority of CDs released after a band's breakup or after the death of a key member are really only for die-hards. I was a bit nervous that this release would signal the start of a flood of live and studio outtake CDs but this release looks worthwhile. This disc is the soundtrack to Julian Temple's film The Future is Unwritten which premiered at the Sundance Festival earlier this year.

Using a combination of old interviews collected from journalists, as well as tapes of Strummer's BBC radio show, "The Future is Unwritten" finds Strummer "very much narrating and DJing his life story," says Temple, renown for his Sex Pistols movie "The Filth and the Fury."
As such, the track listen is a combination of tracks from Strummer's influences along with some newly released Clash/Strummer rarities. It is cool to see In the Pouring Rain (by Clash II) finally released as previously this was only available on a limited edition bootleg 7".

Here is the total track listing:

1. Joe Strummer - "Punk Rock Warlord"
2. The Clash - White Riot - Previously Unreleased Alternate Demo Mix
3. Rachid Taha - Rock The Casbah
4. BBC World Service
5. Elvis Presley - Crawfish
6. Tim Hardin - Black Sheep Boy
7. MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
8. The 101ers - Keys To Your Heart
9. Joe Strummer - "Mick and Paul were different"
10. The Clash - I'm So Bored With The U.S.A. - Previously Unreleased Demo
11. U-Roy - Natty Rebel
12. The Clash - Armagideon Time
13. Eddie Cochrane - Nervous Breakdown
14. The Clash - (In The) Pouring Rain - Previously Unreleased Live
15. Joe Strummer - Omotepe
16. Andres Landeros - Martha Cecilia
17. Ernest Ranglin - Minuet
18. Latino Rockabilly War - Trash City
19. Topper Headon - "I called him Woody"
20. Woody Guthrie - Ranger's Command
21. Bob Dylan - Corrina, Corrina
22. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Johnny Appleseed
23. Nina Simone - To Love Somebody
24. Joe Strummer - "Without people, you're nothing"
25. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Willesden To Cricklewood