Earthquake Weather (album)

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Earthquake Weather
Studio album by Joe Strummer
Released 20 September 1989
Genre Rock
Length 45:24
Label Epic
Producer Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer chronology
Walker
(1987)
Earthquake Weather
(1989)
Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (1999)
Singles from Earthquake Weather
  1. "Gangsterville"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]

Earthquake Weather is a 1989 record by former The Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The album was well received by critics, but was not a commercial success. The majority of the album was recorded in Los Angeles, California in 1988 and 1989. It was the first time Strummer had worked on his own musical project. In previous years he had worked with Alex Cox on the soundtracks of his films Sid and Nancy and Walker in 1986 and 1987. He also worked on the production of his former Clash partner's, Mick Jones second album with the band Big Audio Dynamite in 1986.

It was the reception and sales of the music score from the film Walker that got Strummer into a well mental state to start working on his own material again. He got a group together which consisted of Zander Schloss, Lonnie Marshall, Jack Irons and Willie MacNeil. The backing band became known as The Latino Rockabilly War. The first project the band worked on was for the film Permanent Record with Keanu Reeves which featured the songs "Trash City", "Baby the Trans", "Nothin' 'bout Nothin", "Nefertiti Rock", and the haunting instrumental "Theme from Permanent Record".[3] The cover-art for the album was designed by Josh Cheuse.[4]

In 2008 the album was re-released although it was not remastered and the version was very bare bones featuring no liner notes and basically a CD-R version of the album.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joe Strummer, except where indicated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gangsterville"     4:20
2. "King of the Bayou"     2:51
3. "Island Hopping"     2:36
4. "Slant Six"     3:04
5. "Dizzy's Goatee"     3:24
6. "Shouting Street"     3:19
7. "Boogie with Your Children"   Strummer, Lonnie Marshall, Zander Schloss 3:30
8. "Leopardskin Limousines"     3:31
9. "Sikorsky Parts"     3:35
10. "Jewellers & Bums"     2:48
11. "Highway One Zero Street"     3:25
12. "Ride Your Donkey"   C. Campbell & The Tenors 2:21
13. "Passport to Detroit"     2:50
14. "Sleepwalk"     4:06
Total length:
45:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Josh Cheuse - cover-art

Bibliography[edit]

  • Salewicz, Chris (24 May 2007). Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer (1st American ed.). New York: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-21178-X. OCLC 76794852. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 21, 1989). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  3. ^ Salewicz (2007). p. 424.
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  4. ^ Hasagawa, Mariah. "Joe Strummer: Putting a Scare Into The Hearts of All Things Corporate". Post-Global 2002 CRCRadio.net. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Earthquake Weather: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-20.