Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Joe Strummer discussion forum. Latino Rockabilly War, Mescaleros and more!
Post Reply
msza2
Bang Ice Geezer
Posts: 207
Joined: 22 Aug 2012, 2:15pm

Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by msza2 » 23 Aug 2016, 10:59am

We did this for the Meskies a couple years ago so why not the Wilderness Years too. Anything released between Cut the Crap and X-Ray Style is fair game. First gets 3 points, second 2, and third 1. I'll tally in a week or two. VOTE VOTE VOTE!

---
Here's the current tally. Feel free to still vote if you havent.

Trash City (26)
Burning Lights (14)
Unknown Immortal (13)
Island Hopping (12)
Tennessee Rain (10)
It's A Rockin World (9)
Gangsterville (8)
Cholo Vest (7)
Dum Dum Club (7)
Love Kills (7)
Shouting Streets (7)
Sleepwalk (7)
Afro-Cuban Be-Bop (6)
Ride Your Donkey (4)
Leopardskin Limosines (3)
Mango Street (3)
Nothin Bout Nothin (3)
Pouring Rain (3)
Tropic of No Return (3)
Jewelers and Bums (2)
Slant Six (2)
Harder They Come (1)
Permanent Record Theme (1)
Punk Rock Blues (1)
When Pigs Fly (1)

----
1. Island Hopping
2. Tennessee Rain
3. Burning Lights
Last edited by msza2 on 12 Oct 2018, 1:04pm, edited 6 times in total.

Wolter
User avatar
Half Foghorn Leghorn, Half Woody Allen
Posts: 50581
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 7:59pm
Location: ¡HOLIDAY RO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-OAD!
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Wolter » 23 Aug 2016, 11:03am

1. Unknown Immortal
2. Nothin' 'Bout Nothin'
3. Trash City

EDIT: Sorry, Shouting Street. You just got nudged.

EDIT 2: Rethinking it.
Last edited by Wolter on 23 Aug 2016, 6:14pm, edited 2 times in total.
”INDER LOCK THE THE KISS THREAD IVE REALISED IM A PRZE IDOOT” - Thomas Jefferson

"But the gorilla thinks otherwise!"

Flex
User avatar
Mechano-Man of the Future
Posts: 26166
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 2:50pm
Location: The Information Superhighway!
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Flex » 23 Aug 2016, 11:07am

Good call.

1. Unknown Immortal
2. Island Hopping
3. It's a Rockin' World

The first two are always my top two Wilderness era Joe songs. Lotta great contenders for #3 tho, feeling "It's a Rockin' World' today.

EDIT: me good with the wordmaking
Last edited by Flex on 23 Aug 2016, 11:17am, edited 1 time in total.
"I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon." - Prince

Sous les pavés, la plage.

Pex Lives!

Wolter
User avatar
Half Foghorn Leghorn, Half Woody Allen
Posts: 50581
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 7:59pm
Location: ¡HOLIDAY RO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-OAD!
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Wolter » 23 Aug 2016, 11:14am

It's weird, but Island Hopping never did it for me the way it does for a lot of folks on here. I don't dislike it, but it's just never what I think of when I think of great solo Joe songs.
”INDER LOCK THE THE KISS THREAD IVE REALISED IM A PRZE IDOOT” - Thomas Jefferson

"But the gorilla thinks otherwise!"

Flex
User avatar
Mechano-Man of the Future
Posts: 26166
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 2:50pm
Location: The Information Superhighway!
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Flex » 23 Aug 2016, 11:16am

Wolter wrote:It's weird, but Island Hopping never did it for me the way it does for a lot of folks on here. I don't dislike it, but it's just never what I think of when I think of great solo Joe songs.
That's because I hate you.
"I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon." - Prince

Sous les pavés, la plage.

Pex Lives!

msza2
Bang Ice Geezer
Posts: 207
Joined: 22 Aug 2012, 2:15pm

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by msza2 » 23 Aug 2016, 11:19am

Wolter wrote:It's weird, but Island Hopping never did it for me the way it does for a lot of folks on here. I don't dislike it, but it's just never what I think of when I think of great solo Joe songs.
Man, I could live inside that song. That and Mondo Bongo have similar 'trouble in paradise' vibes that I can't get enough of.

Wolter
User avatar
Half Foghorn Leghorn, Half Woody Allen
Posts: 50581
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 7:59pm
Location: ¡HOLIDAY RO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-OAD!
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Wolter » 23 Aug 2016, 11:20am

msza2 wrote:
Wolter wrote:It's weird, but Island Hopping never did it for me the way it does for a lot of folks on here. I don't dislike it, but it's just never what I think of when I think of great solo Joe songs.
Man, I could live inside that song. That and Mondo Bongo have similar 'trouble in paradise' vibes that I can't get enough of.
And Mondo Bongo is another that I like ok, but think of as utterly disposable.
Flex wrote:
Wolter wrote:It's weird, but Island Hopping never did it for me the way it does for a lot of folks on here. I don't dislike it, but it's just never what I think of when I think of great solo Joe songs.
That's because I hate you.
Seems like you're putting the cart before the horse, you stupid robot.
”INDER LOCK THE THE KISS THREAD IVE REALISED IM A PRZE IDOOT” - Thomas Jefferson

"But the gorilla thinks otherwise!"

JennyB
User avatar
Clash Cuck
Posts: 16955
Joined: 16 Jun 2008, 1:13pm
Location: Moranjortsville

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by JennyB » 23 Aug 2016, 11:22am

It's a Rocking World
Shouting Street
Burning Lights
Got a Rake? Sure!

IMCT: Inane Middle-Class Twats - Dr. M

Don't talk shop.

Dr. Medulla
User avatar
Atheistic Epileptic
Posts: 77368
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 2:00pm
Location: Nerdo Crombezia
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Dr. Medulla » 23 Aug 2016, 11:24am

1. Trash City
2. It's a Rockin' World
3. Permanent Record theme
Endut! Hoch Hech!

Wolter
User avatar
Half Foghorn Leghorn, Half Woody Allen
Posts: 50581
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 7:59pm
Location: ¡HOLIDAY RO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-OAD!
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Wolter » 23 Aug 2016, 11:26am

So, on Sunday I was listening to the CD mix of Wilderness Years songs I had in my car, and while that era was very disjointed and aimless, he really had a lot of solid material coming out in dribs and drabs. I wish he had a stronger willed collaborator willing to both encourage and push him in that period.
”INDER LOCK THE THE KISS THREAD IVE REALISED IM A PRZE IDOOT” - Thomas Jefferson

"But the gorilla thinks otherwise!"

Wolter
User avatar
Half Foghorn Leghorn, Half Woody Allen
Posts: 50581
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 7:59pm
Location: ¡HOLIDAY RO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-OAD!
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Wolter » 23 Aug 2016, 11:26am

Dr. Medulla wrote:1. Trash City
2. It's a Rockin' World
3. Permanent Record theme
Shit, Trash City. I forgot. I've got to edit my list.
”INDER LOCK THE THE KISS THREAD IVE REALISED IM A PRZE IDOOT” - Thomas Jefferson

"But the gorilla thinks otherwise!"

Low Down Low
Graffiti Bandit Pioneer
Posts: 1480
Joined: 21 Aug 2014, 9:08am

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Low Down Low » 23 Aug 2016, 11:40am

Love the wilderness years, everything special and brilliant about the Mescalero era is bound up in that tough, soul-searching era imo. Can't do a top 3 without cheating, however.

1. Cholo Vest
2. Afro Cuban Be Bop
3. Walker (all of it, the whole damn thing, it's just one complete mass of inspired brilliance)

msza2
Bang Ice Geezer
Posts: 207
Joined: 22 Aug 2012, 2:15pm

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by msza2 » 23 Aug 2016, 11:57am

Wolter wrote:So, on Sunday I was listening to the CD mix of Wilderness Years songs I had in my car, and while that era was very disjointed and aimless, he really had a lot of solid material coming out in dribs and drabs. I wish he had a stronger willed collaborator willing to both encourage and push him in that period.
Ok, we can agree on something.

I read somewhere that Joe's contract with Sony prevented him from singing on more than a few tracks per album unless it was an official solo album. Not sure if that's true but it would explain a lot, and would have contributed to that aimless feel.

Wolter
User avatar
Half Foghorn Leghorn, Half Woody Allen
Posts: 50581
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 7:59pm
Location: ¡HOLIDAY RO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-OAD!
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Wolter » 23 Aug 2016, 12:26pm

msza2 wrote:
Wolter wrote:So, on Sunday I was listening to the CD mix of Wilderness Years songs I had in my car, and while that era was very disjointed and aimless, he really had a lot of solid material coming out in dribs and drabs. I wish he had a stronger willed collaborator willing to both encourage and push him in that period.
Ok, we can agree on something.

I read somewhere that Joe's contract with Sony prevented him from singing on more than a few tracks per album unless it was an official solo album. Not sure if that's true but it would explain a lot, and would have contributed to that aimless feel.
Yeah. I can't discount that recording contract hell is not a good place for anyone to be.
”INDER LOCK THE THE KISS THREAD IVE REALISED IM A PRZE IDOOT” - Thomas Jefferson

"But the gorilla thinks otherwise!"

Heston
User avatar
God of Thunder...and Rock 'n Roll
Posts: 28013
Joined: 15 Jun 2008, 4:07pm
Location: North of Watford Junction
Contact:

Re: Wilderness Years - vote your top 3

Post by Heston » 23 Aug 2016, 12:39pm

It's a Rockin' World
Unknown Immortal
Sleepwalk (Loses points for the murky production but one of Joe's best songs for me)
I just polished off some Low Country shrimp & grits and a mess of collards. That's a hell of a strain on the arm.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests