For anyone needing a little more Joe Strummer in their lives, and everyone does, you need to check out the amazing radio program he DJ’d on the BBC World Service from 1998 ’til 2001. The songs range from German techno to Marvin Gaye, the Ramones to Turkish folk music and beyond. The track selection on Joe Strummer’s London Calling very rarely disappoints, and everything is enthusiastically introduced in Strummer’s soothing voice with his characteristic turns of phrase. As Strummer himself put it best: if that was no toe tapper or no body shaker, boy, you need to see undertaker!
The albums are available for free download in slightly altered format from the iTunes store as Podcasts, here. For those of you without iTunes, or who want to listen to the shows in their original broadcast format, they have been archived here. Preview the Jan. 16, 2000 show below.
Joe Strummer’s London Calling (Jan. 16, 2000, Part I)
Joe Strummer’s London Calling (Jan. 16, 2000, Part II)
Joe Strummer’s London Calling (Jan. 16, 2000, Part III)