Happy Birthday, Joe Strummer!

11:21 pm.

Today would be Joe Strummer’s sixty-first birthday.

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Joe Strummer (born John Graham Mellor) was one of the most important figures of the Punk movement in England in the seventies and eighties. Best known for his position of lead singer for The Clash, he also went on to do other groups, including The Pogues, The Mescaleros, and others. He died at age fifty from heart issues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feH9NVtYtJM This is a video I found on the Youtube of The Clash performing live in Munich in 1977.

Hey, Yeah!

2:05 pm.

Hey guys, you know what? I think The Cure’s song “Killing an Arab” is about when Meursault kills the guy in the book The Stranger by Albert Camus.

“Killing An Arab”

Standing on the beach
With a gun in my hand
Staring at the sea
Staring at the sand
Staring down the barrel
At the arab on the ground
I can see his open mouth
But I hear no soundI’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an arabI can turn
And walk away
Or I can fire the gun
Staring at the sky
Staring at the sun
Whichever I chose
It amounts to the same
Absolutely nothing

I’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an arab

I feel the steel butt jump
Smooth in my hand
Staring at the sea
Staring at the sand
Staring at myself
Reflected in the eyes
Of the dead man on the beach
The dead man on the beach

I’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an arab