B-Unique BUN116CD: 30th October 2006
Janie Jones: Strummerville (Original / Peter Doherty Vocal Version / Statik Remix)
“An’ in the in-tray lots of work, and the boss at the firm he always thinks he shirks, but he’s just like everyone, he’s got a Ford Cortina, and it just won’t run without fuel”
‘Janie Jones: Strummerville’ is a one off collaboration between Babyshambles and practically every other act in the universe, including Dirty Pretty Things, Jamie T and Mystery Jets. It’s a cover of the first track from The Clash’s eponymous 1977 album and proceeds go to ‘The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music’.
The ‘Original’ version is one of those charity singles where everybody chips in and sings a line. It’s enormous fun spotting all the bands and it’s great to hear Pete and Carl’s voices on the same record. The ‘Peter Doherty Vocal Version’ is one of the best tracks that Pete’s done in a long, long time. It’s great when his cracked and passionate voice is backed by a band with real talent, and not just a bunch of crack-head arseholes. The ‘Statik Remix’ is more of a departure from the sound of the Clash original, but since The Clash’s music always crossed over in to other genres, it’s not all that surprising. Lethal Bizzle and a few other guests contribute some new lyrics and Statik enhances the backing track with extra Electronic sounds.
A brand new record from Babyshambles called ‘The Blinding EP’ is promised for December. Hopefully it’ll be a resounding return to form.