Joe Strummer Albums Ranked

John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), better known as Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, songwriter, composer, actor, and radio host who was best known as the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist, and co-lead vocalist of punk rock band the Clash, formed in 1976. The Clash’s second album Give ‘Em Enough Rope (1978) reached No. 2 on the UK charts. Soon after, they achieved success in the US, starting with London Calling (1979) and peaking with Combat Rock (1982), which reached No. 7 on the US charts and was certified 2× platinum there. The Clash’s explosive political lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock music in general, especially alternative rock. Their music incorporated reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, and rockabilly. Here are all of Joe Strummer’s albums ranked.

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6. Assembly (2021)

Joe Strummer: Assembly Album Review | Pitchfork

“The warmth + clarity of the overall reproduction is consistent from track-to-track. Joe’s voice is center and present with little to none of the distracting variances that can come from publishing recordings from multiple periods and studios.”

5. Walker (1987)

Joe Strummer - Walker - Vinyl LP - 1987 - UK - Original | HHV

“Very talented singer. Some complicated musical dynamics but a little too redundant sometimes. Would’ve enjoyed a ballad or two, as well as some of the stylings they do when they perform covers. Will continue to check out their new stuff as it comes out – every album is a chance to renew!”

4. Earthquake Weather (1989)

Joe Strummer – Earthquake Weather (1989, CD) - Discogs

“This is Joe, reforming his creativity into what it was to become with the Mescaleros, finding his rock n roll heart. Great songs, fun production (it is LA after all). I hear the work of the Clash moving into the future, or Joe moving into the future without the Clash. I like the production, a little thick reminds me of John L. Imagine. Something very creative and fertile, maybe a little raw. An artist trying out material on a streetcorner. So far so good. Man this rocks!!”

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3. Global A Go-Go (2001)

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Global A Go-Go (2010, Vinyl) - Discogs

“This is an extremely engaging album, perfect for those listeners who like an eclectic mix of music … made by man with who loved an eclectic mix of music. Joe Strummer was one of the great ones, as a member of the Clash and later with his “solo” albums with the Mescaleros. As soon as you hear the first song on this album, the infectious “Johnny Appleseed,” you can’t help but smile and nod knowingly: Joe is on fire, this is great stuff.”

2. Rock Art And The X-Ray Style (1999)

Rock Art And The X-Ray Style | Discogs

“You can’t really be a fan of Joe if you don’t already own this. But for anyone who hasn’t listened to Joe and the Mescaleros and is sitting on the fence about giving them a shot, don’t think – just buy and enjoy. They’ve put together some really great music and I’m so grateful that Joe left us with the wonderful music he made with the Mescaleros just prior to his death. It is such a shame on so many levels he died so young…”

1. Streetcore (2003)

JOE STRUMMER Street Core – Southbound Records

“This, quite honestly, is one of my favorite albums. Along with Global A go go , I think Joe and his band where channeling the energy and excitement, musically and lyrically , that made the Clash so exciting. Its quite a bit different, but the sense of adventure and solidarity with the world is there. I had the pleasure of catching 3 shows in NYC in those last few years, and it was as close as I ever got to seeing the Clash in 81. If you like the Clash. Are International in your music views and love rock and roll, you should love this. It wasn’t completed till after his death, but his band mates did the job with love, and it is very much a Joe Strummer and the Mescalaros album. I think Joe would be proud.”