Joe Strummer – Love Kills (1986)

John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), best remembered by his stage name Joe Strummer, was an English musician who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the British punk rock band The Clash. His musical experience included his membership in The 101ers, Latino Rockabilly War, The Mescaleros and The Pogues, in addition to his own solo music career. Strummer’s work as a musician allowed him to explore other interests, which included acting, creating film scores for television and movies, songwriting, radio broadcasting, and a position as a radio host. Strummer is one of the iconic figures of the British punk movement.

After a misguided attempt in 1985 to record an album and tour with the band now referred to as The Clash Mark Two which retained only Strummer and Paul Simonon from the original line-up, Strummer worked on several songs for the 1986 film Sid and Nancy, including “Love Kills” and “Dum Dum Club”.

Much of the actual film’s soundtrack (as opposed to soundtrack album) was composed by Strummer, who was contractually limited to contribute only two songs. Nevertheless, he continued to contribute more (unpaid) work because of his interest in the project and composing for film in general. This additional material was credited to fictitious bands in the credits, so as to keep Strummer’s label, Epic Records, from knowing what he had done.

The single “Love Kills’ was produced by Eric (E.T.) Thorngren

Love Kills                        6:41

Love Kills (Dub Version)   5:40

Love Kills (Instrumental)   3:59

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