Ahead of their new Strummer release, Assembly, Dark Horse Records has released Junco Partner (Acoustic), one of three previously unreleased versions of songs on an album that celebrates the late Clash man’s solo work.
The track is available for streaming and it comes accompanied by an animated, mixed-media video created by Spencer Ramsey. Strummer, who first discovered the song on a scratchy R&B compilation in the 1970s, covered Junco Partner with his first band 101ers, before it appeared on The Clash’s smorgasbord of a triple album Sandinista! This version was recently found in the artist’s vaults on a hand-labelled cassette tape. It offers an insight into Strummer’s distinctive guitar playing on which, famously or mythically, he only used downstrokes. Listen and make your own mind up on that one.
Junco Partner (Acoustic) is available now at all DSPs and streaming services; ‘ASSEMBLY’ arrives 26th March on Limited Edition 2xLP Red vinyl, gatefold 2xLP 180g black vinyl, CD and digitally for streaming and download.
Assembly will contain songs culled from Joe Strummer’s solo catalogue, including Coma Girl, Johnny Appleseed, Yalla Yalla, his rendition of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and soundtrack contributions like Love Kills (from the 1986 film Sid and Nancy). The 16-track compilation features three previously unreleased versions of classic The Clash tracks, including the never-before-heard recording of Junco Partner, and live performances of Rudie Can’t Fail and I Fought The Law recorded by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros at London’s Brixton Academy on 24th November 2001.