Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The title of The Clash's single Should I Stay or Should I Go - which first appeared on their 1982 album Combat Rock - remained strictly rhetorical until this day in 2002 when the man who wasn't best known for singing it*, their former lead singer Joe Strummer, died suddenly of a congenital heart defect; he was 50.
The following March Strummer was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside his surviving bandmates; in January 2007 Julien Temple released a documentary on the life and work of Joe Strummer - entitled, appropriately enough, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten - at that year's Sundance Film Festival.
*That honour typically went to Mick Jones before his 1983 dismissal from the band, although it was Strummer's idea to do the song's backing vocals in Spanish, which were translated by the mother of Eddie Garcia (who was the band's tape operator) although they were performed by Strummer and Joe Ely. Got that?
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