Joe Strummer was not a very popular guy when 1986 rolled around. The year previous, he, alongside a new crew of imposters, had taken a nice healthy dump all over the Clash name by releasing the Á¢€Å“finalÁ¢€ Clash album, Á¢€Å“Cut the CrapÁ¢€, picking a name that filled critics with glee, all headline pun-ready. At this point, the Clash was down to Strummer and sorta Paul Simonon (he only plays on a few cuts). Á¢€Å“Cut the CrapÁ¢€ was execrable, just awful Á¢€” witness the Á¢€Å“Hey, Hey, WeÁ¢€â„¢re the MonkeesÁ¢€ vibe of track three, titled Á¢€Å“We Are the ClashÁ¢€. Yes, it was really that bad.

So when Strummer was asked to provide theme song for Alex CoxÁ¢€â„¢s largely fictional Á¢€Å“Sid & NancyÁ¢€ biopic, no one expected too much. Diminished expectations aside, Á¢€Å“Love KillsÁ¢€ was fantastic Á¢€” a raw yet well produced number that would have fit nicely on Á¢€Å“Combat RockÁ¢€. It may have been the most accessible Clash song ever, barring Á¢€Å“Train In VainÁ¢€. Unfortunately, it was attached to a piece of trash.

Love Kills

Ah, Á¢€Å“Sid & NancyÁ¢€Á¢€¦where to begin? How about with the overriding theme of the film, which was, who cares if they were two murderous junkies? THEY WERE IN LURRRVE. WasnÁ¢€â„¢t it sweet that after Sid stabbed his lover to death in a heroin haze that he was magically reunited with her in the afterlife and they took a taxicab straight to heaven? AwwwwwÁ¢€¦


Just awful. Luckily, Strummer escaped unscathed and continued his solo career, even reuniting with Mick Jones at one point to do work on some Big Audio Dynamite stuff. Unfortunately, we lost Strummer in 2002 to a heart attack, but what a body of work the man left behind. Á¢€Å“Love KillsÁ¢€ should have been a big crossover hit, but hey, here it is for us today. Enjoy.

Just donÁ¢€â„¢t bother with the film.

Download “Love Kills” by Joe Stummer.

“Love Kills” did not chart.

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John C. Hughes

John C. Hughes began his Lost in the ’80s blog in 2005 and is now proud to be a member of the Popdose family, where he’s introduced LIT80s’s companions, the obviously named Lost in the ’70s and Lost in the ’90s, alongside the slightly more originally named Why You Should Like…

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