Happy 2003 from Chris

A message to say Happy New Year to everyone, I hope you have a great time, and that the year to follow will be disco-pool party after another. A quick mention on the passing of JOE STRUMMER, someone who meant so much to me when I was young, I still listen to the 1st 4 clash albums regularly. The clash, to me had all the integrity that the pistols did not, although I adore the pistols, too quickly they became a cartoon, the clash never did, they changed and burst from any pigeonhole they may have been placed in, often challenging their audience, always bewildering critics, listening to “London Calling” from 1979, it is a remarkable travelogue of music, at once so current to that time, both musically and politically, but at the same time, one of those rare records that transcends, and honestly sounds so fresh today. I was really sad and shocked by Joe’s death, the man had so much conviction and passion that it is hard to believe it has gone now, he will be missed.