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The Future Is Unwritten Soundtrack

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Joe Strummer , gravel-voiced lead singer for the Clash, labeled ''the only band that matters'' by music critics during England's 1977 punk-rock revolution, comes to life as never before in Joe Strummers: The Future Is Unwritten, Julien Temple's razor-sharp documentary. To be debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Features unseen footage of Strummer's early life, as well as unearthed clips of the Clash and the Mescaleros, the band he fronted in the years prior to his 2002 death. The soundtrack CD features early unreleased Clash classics as well as tracks by Bob Dylan, the Ramones, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, MC5 and many others.

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This 25-song soundtrack to Julian Temple's biopic of the late Joe Strummer is not as much a retrospective of the punk-rock kingpin as an 80-minute radio show with the ex-Clash leader spinning the dials on influential favorites, such as Tim Hardin's "Black Sheep Boy," Eddie Cochran's 1958 rocker "Nervous Breakdown," and Nina Simone's 1967 version of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody." Snippets of interviews and Strummer testimonials break up dead air between tracks, which include previously unreleased demos of Clash nuggets like "White Riot" and "I'm So Bored with the USA," as well as Strummer's toned-down solo work with the Mescaleros. But the real treasures lie in the rarely-heard-before: The Clash performing Strummer's "(In The) Pouring Rain" live in 1984, which never made an album; 1988's "Trash City" recorded with Strummer's Los Angeles combo the Latino Rockabilly War; and the 1975 UK-only single "Keys to Your Heart" from his pre-Clash band the 101ers. The latter's ska-and-punk tendencies, obvious influences on English bands like the Pretenders and the Beat, indicate an early direction for the Clash and the sway its leader would hold over the future of music. --Scott Holter

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. "White Riot," the Clash
  2. "Rock the Casbah," Racid Taha
  3. "Crawfish," Elvis Presley
  4. "Black Sheep Boy," Tim Hardin
  5. "Kick Out the Jams," MC5
  6. "Keys to Your Heart," the 101'ers
  7. "I'm So Bored With the U.S.A.," the Clash
  8. "Natty Rebel (2006 mix)," U-Roy
  9. "Armagideon Time," the Clash
  10. "Nervous Breakdown," Eddie Cochran
  11. "(In the) Pouring Rain," Clash II
  12. "Filibustero," Joe Strummer
  13. "Martha Cecilia," Andres Landeros
  14. "Minuet," Ernest Ranglin
  15. "Trash City," Latino Rockabilly War
  16. "Rangers Command," Woody Guthrie
  17. "Corrina, Corrina," Bob Dylan
  18. "Johnny Appleseed," Joe Strummer
  19. "To Love Somebody," Nina Simone
  20. "Willesden To Cricklewood," Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B000MV8D38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When the ancient Greeks were creating their myths, Gods and heroes, they had men like Joe Strummer in mind. Epic entities possessed of such intense power and influence that their cult alone could sway the course of mortal men. Dionysus thought flutes could cease all worry. Strummer's guitar thought you weren't worried enough. The most appealing thing to me about Greek mythology is that their Gods were flawed and their heroes doomed. Give me a God with a God-complex and I'm a believer. A tale of an effed-up fallen hero? We will tell that story till the end of days.

I'm glad Joe didn't go out like Sid or Kurt, but his passing was reported with a barely audible whimper. He deserved better. How many statues of Apollo are there? Joe never caused a plague. His aim was true. Release the doves!

There's a rumor going 'round that ..Julien Temple has made a documentary about Strummer called "The Future Is Unwritten". For reasons that defy understanding, it isn't being screened in the U.S. until November (maybe). Meanwhile, it's been playing in Europe for months. Just to rub a cake of salt into the wound of the frothy mouthed faithful, the soundtrack to said film HAS been made available in the states of disgrace.

Well...that'll do. It's easily the most riveting bunch 'o' songs I've heard all year. Back in the early eighties Strummer orchestrated a pirate-radio broadcast from a London rooftop, RADIO CLASH. It was probably pretty great but I wouldn't know because I never heard it. Nor did I have the opportunity to listen to his BBC shows from 1999-2002. What "The Future Is Unwritten" soundtrack offers is a chance to experience a bit of what those shows were like. You can play the U.K.
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It's hard living off the scraps that may come our way now that the great man has gone and I'm sure there will be some pretty crass compilations in days to come! This however is skillfully put together and paints a picture of the man through the music he wrote and the music he loved. The opening studio take of just his voice singing White Riot sends a chill and as the full song commences memories flood back of sweaty Top Ranks and the band blasting away within touching distance of the audience.Following thisThere is a very unusual rendition of Rock the Casbah in Arabic however the most part is taken up by Joe playing songs from his radio show all of which are special. My particular favorite is the U Roy song. Many of you will have bought the 'Front Line' album back in 76 as it was sold at a promotional price of 69p the track that appears here is a version of the original and to my money superior, what a voice!!

I enjoy this album because it flows and it something to keep as an aid to remembering Joe Strummer, the songs are linked by passages of dialogue, a sprightly sounding Topper Headon is just great to hear at last, but most moving is Joe's passage about the ability and power of people to change things. His voice seems to crack with the emotion and intensity of what he is saying and I'm afraid to say I cried again!!
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I think this is a great album! It is, of course, a soundtrack strictly speaking but it sounds more like a mix CD from a very cool friend with broad musical tastes. Yet it does all tie together because of who it's about. There are few compillations that cover so much territory and yet flow so evenly. I can't wait to see the film!
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I like this, and the film I saw on IFC, i brought the cd after watching the movie,, there is quite a mix, some old stuff you can tell was not done in a studio but it has a nice feel not too polished like old stuff a bit scratchy but it adds to it
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Haven't seen this movie. I should check it out, since I love(d) Joe Strummer. This is a great compilation of his influences, more than it is really a Joe Strummer album. He and The Clash only appear in a few songs. But Joe acts as the DJ, speaking little introductions to various songs by other artists ranging all over the map. Some of the intros are outtakes, like when he first met Mick Jones he thought he looked like Woody Woodpecker. Others are more like actual introductions.

The music is fantastic. It is great to listen to this album from start to end on a road trip or at work or something, because it moves through distinct moods, stays interesting all the time, like a great radio station of some forgotten era when there was such a thing.
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Amazing that there are so few for such a great album.
All I can say it's a very good romp through the musical influences that Joe absorbed through his life.
Look elsewhere if you have saccharine tastes for THIS is good music on this cd.
Joe's narration explains many of the songs' relevance and you get a good idea of all that went in to influencing the Clash and the Mescalero's music.
This music has roots in Americana, rock and Caribbean music and moved along nicely for an excellent listen any time.
We miss you Joe!!
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