Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros–Get Down Moses

After the dissolution of The Clash, Joe Strummer took his time forming another band.  Instead of rushing into a new group, he worked with the hippest independent filmmakers of the day, writing the score for Alex Cox’s Walker, appearing later in his Absolute Beginners and acting again for Jim Jarmusch on Mystery Train (as Elvis).  He finally formed The Mescaleros in the late 90s, which itself came out of some film work he’d done.  Clearly the group was never going to recapture the energy of The Clash, but they proved a solid and intriguing outfit.  Tracks like Get Down Moses announced that Strummer still had charisma to burn.  Mixing big ideas with an undeniable reggae-style groove, it’s a laudable nod to the work that made him one of the greatest rockers of all time.


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