I Need A Dodge! – Joe Strummer on the Run

I Need A Dodge! – Joe Strummer on the Run

I Need A Dodge! – Joe Strummer on the Run

directed by Nick Hall

Cadiz Music / Tindog Films

Is it better to burn out than to fade away? Neil Young voted for the former, but I’m always torn. It IS a pregnant question and Joe Strummer sort of did a bit of both. The Clash powered out of the late 1970’s British punk scene and dropped three of the most powerful albums of the movement (The Clash, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, and London Calling). This documentary focuses on the back-end of Strummer’s career and his relationship with Spain; the focal point is a Dodge automobile he misplaced somewhere in Granada in 1997. We explore his friends and coworkers from Radio Futura; this documentary gives good background and raises some interesting points but ultimately it boils down to reminisce sessions and a quest to locate a vehicle that may well have stolen and stripped down twenty years ago. We never do find the car or even decide what color it was, but it’s a peg to hang the other material upon.

Much better than the doc itself is the packaging, it contains an audio tape marked Radio 3 – Glastonbury – En Española which I presume to be the tape we hear in segments of the story. I currently don’t have a functioning cassette player so if I’m wrong be gentle. You also get some interesting bits of paper including a $1,000,001 “Joe Strummer Note”. Not sure what it’s good for, but it’s cool. Does any of this material – his clutch, the stories the car brings up, or the gossip about his love life generate new insights? A few appear all of which are personal anecdotes and none of which are earth shattering. There’s no significant concert footage and not much from Joe himself but the audio interviews. This is a cool item, but honestly it’s only for the diehard fan. Rock on Joe, we still miss you.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

  • Soul Understated
    Soul Understated

    Soul Understated was a swizzle stick of jazz, funk, pop with a dash of Radiohead in the delightful DC cocktail.

  • Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu
    Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu

    That Trip We Took With Dad is the debut feature by acclaimed Romanian short film director Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu. Generoso Fierro sat down with Lǎzǎrescu during SEEFest to discuss the comedy and drama within the adaptation of her deeply personal family story for the screen.

  • Aware

    The Book Of Wind (Glacial Movements). Review by Carl F Gauze.

  • BANG: The Bert Berns Story
    BANG: The Bert Berns Story

    The music biz collides with the mob in this documentary chronicling the fast and dangerous life of legendary ’60s songwriter, producer, record mogul, Bert Berns.

  • The Suicide Commandos
    The Suicide Commandos

    Time Bomb (Twin/Tone). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tricot

    3 (Topshelf Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Bush

    One of the most successful rock bands of the ’90s attracted thousands of fans to its recent Orlando concert. Christopher Long was there.

  • New Found Glory
    New Found Glory

    New Found Glory celebrate 20 years of Pop Punk with a string of sold-out intimate dates at The Social. Jen Cray was there for night two.

From the Archives