Joe Strummer cut his teeth with The Clash during the band’s decade-long run starting in 1976, but for almost two decades following the band’s dissolution Strummer led a diverse and prolific solo career, playing with bands the 101ers and the Mescaleros and even dipping his toes in the world of film.
This post-Clash work is chronicled in the upcoming box set, Joe Strummer 001, which combines Strummer’s solo work with songs recorded with the 101ers, Mescaleros, and former bandmate Mick Jones.
The latest single from the collection, “Rose of Erin,” tells the story of a young woman who shoots her lover and skips town. It was written for the 1993 Sara Driver film, When Pigs Fly. Though a version of it did appear in the film, the song is previously unreleased.
Listen to the track, which blends traditional Irish folk with orchestral and rock music, below: