Joe Strummer

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Joe Strummer (born John Graham Mellor on August 21, 1952; died on December 22, 2002), was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash, and later The Mescaleros.


  • Yesterday, I thought I was a crud. Then I saw The Sex Pistols and I became a king and decided to move into the future
  • I'd like to say people can change anything they want to; and that means everything in the world. People are running about following their little tracks. I am one of them. But we've all gotta stop... just stop following our own little mouse trail. People can do anything; this is something that I'm beginning to learn. People are out there doing bad things to each other; it's because they've been dehumanized. It's time to take that humanity back into the centre of the ring and follow that for a time. Greed... it ain't going anywhere! They should have that on a big billboard across Times Square. Think on that. Without people you're nothing.
  • We deal in junk, you know; what we've got is what other people put in the rubbish bin.
  • When you blame yourself, you learn from it. If you blame someone else, you don't learn nothing, cause hey, it's not your fault, it's his fault, over there.
  • Do not go in there; do not sign with this company, or you'll end up like me - screwed and out on the street. And I am a living legend, you bastards!
  • I sometimes look at myself, I'm sitting with a biro and a cigarette packet, desperately scrawling dribble on it. And sometimes I put down my fag pack and think, what am I, a grown man, doing at this hour of the night? Then I banish that thought, pick the fag pack up again.
  • The future is unwritten!
  • I think it's a sin to be boring.
  • Noise Control!
  • Ignore Alien Orders!!!
  • I think people ought to know that we're anti-fascist, anti-violence, and anti-racist. We're against ignorance.
  • Feeling lucky punk? Oh, good.
  • If I had to go back and do it all again, i wouldn't change a thing.
  • So you think we lost the battle? Then go home and weep about it. Sometimes you've got to wake up in the morning and think 'Fuck it, we're gonna win the battle'
  • Same shit, different century.
  • When you get people who say to you that you had an effect on their lives, you realise it was worth it all
  • Instead of beating people up, why don't you try and collect stamps? Thats MUCH harder! (On stage in front of a violent Clash crowd)
  • It becomes designer struggle.
  • Some dimwits accused us of being fascist. Really it's saying that white people are so fucked up and intellectual that they can't get any unified thing together (on 'White Riot')
  • It's the only thing that's living to me. I shall live and die and be judged by it. (on rock'n'roll)
  • It only takes an hour to write a song. You can play everything inside of three weeks. Everyone knows it's dead easy.
  • It's about sheer boredom, it meant that London was burning with frustration. The city felt alive to us, we could feel that the punk scene was just burning open at that time. It was a great summer that. (on 'London's Burning)
  • It was his decision. I think he felt it's not too easy to be in The Clash, it's not as simple as being in a comfortable, we're-just-entertainers group, and he wanted to do that, just play music. (on Topper)
  • If you're in a team you can't go round not trusting members of that team and still remain a part of it with honour. I thought he should've left himself. We only pushed him. He had to go. (on Mick 1984)
  • I did him wrong. I stabbed him in the back. My ego was definitely telling me, "Go on, get rid of him". (on Mick)
  • To be honest, I wish we were still together today. It was a good band, but the trouble was we fell to ego.
  • You're through once you start believing your reviews.
  • Like trousers, like brain.
  • I think it says in the Bible: "There is a time to dance to techno and a time not to." (on rave music)

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