Right now I'm about 60% of the way through a great book that I'll do a full review of once I finish. 'Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer' follows the life of the music icon and his many travels in life. Strummer died in 2002 and he has always been an interesting character to me, so was really excited when long time friend and journalist Chris Salewicz pulled this together.
Anyway, one of the cool things about the book is learning about who Strummer played with during his non-Clash time. If you were to create a list it would include some of the most influential artists of our time. In a way, it reminds me of Johnny Cash - a troubled star who helped change music.
So even though I thought I was fairly educated on who Strummer has played with, I was totally surprised to see that the one and only Joey Altruda was part of Tupelo Chainsex and Latino Rockabilly War. with Strummer. It's odd - I just never made the connection that Altruda was in Tupelo Chainsex!
You might say....who the f is Joey Altruda, right? Unfortunately like most great musicians in the the genres of music I enjoy - I'm sure most people have never even heard of him. Latin, ska, reggae, rockabilly, rock steady, lounge - everything and more, Altruda has been a part of it.
Trying to dig up a few tracks or videos that you can listen to...so check these out:
- Provocation is a boss tune that is timeless - check that bass line Altruda hits
- El Diablo Ska - mmmm...yes!
- The Late Nite Mash - not sure what this is, but cool to see him walk through how he produced the theme song
- Alipong - listen to this now kidz!
Unfortunately that's about it - it's hard to find anything else out there. If someone does, post it up in the comments. In the meantime, make sure to check out my Pandora station as Altruda is on heavy rotation there.