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I'm Down by Joe Strummer

“You tell lies thinkin’ I can’t see…”

This morning, I awoke to find this gem in the comment queue from @O’Boogie…

“Long time/first time — tangentially, there are some neat bits of Beatles flavoured trivia to London’s pub rock/proto-punk scene. Joe Strummer christened John Tiberi (pre-Clash manager of The 101’ers, later associated with the Pistols) “Boogie” because he’d smoke Winston cigarettes; before “No Elvis, Beatles or The Rolling Stones” in 1977, Strummer was speeding through material like I’m Down and I Saw Her Standing There.”

Here’s the YouTube in question; I’ve cued it up for “I’m Down.” Thanks, @O’Boogie, and everybody enjoy.

In my own flailings on guitar, I’ve often thought about how the covers the Beatles picked influenced the band they became — and I was pleased (but not surprised) to see a lot of the Fabs’ pre-fame repertoire in Strummer’s set: Bonnie Moronie; Heartbreak Hotel; Johnny Be Goode – Oh Carol; Monkey Business; Be Bop A Lula; Slippin and Slidin; Roll Over Beethoven. It’s BBC all over again.