The Best Post-Clash Joe Strummer Songs

Today would have been Joe Strummer's 60th birthday, but he passed away in December 2002 of a heart attack, days before Christmas.

He left behind a wife and three daughters, plus thousands of years of music and memories.

The loss was like a punch to the gut, made even more bitter because he and fellow Clash man Mick Jones were looking to be reuniting, for serious this time. Here is a video from late 2002 of Jones and Strummer running through some Clash cuts.

Even the idea that he has been dead for almost a decade baffles me, since his influence is all around us, and only seemed to grow after his passing. Everyone -- rockers, punks, hip-hoppers, even techno heads -- carry his stamp.

The only person that would have ever rivaled him in coolness is Bill Murray. I mean, Strummer wrote for Vice, when Vice was still cool and Gavin McInnes was still around.

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Craig Hlavaty
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