If only these extra tracks could have been included on the American version of Streetcore
, Joe Strummer
and the Mescaleros
' final will and testament. But it's not a tragedy; at least they are available in some form. While "Coma Girl," is a 21st century punk anthem that could have come from London Calling
, the B-Sides are a pair of live tracks and the video for the A-Side. Strummer
takes his love of ska and reggae into hyperdrive on covers of Jimmy Cliff
's signature song, "The Harder They Come," and the rude boy classic "Rudi, A Message To You." These aren't toss-offs, and they aren't junk just thrown on here to cash in. They are both burning renditions of these songs delivered with savage grace: razor-sharp, raucous as hell, and over the top energetically. This is one single not to live without.