Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 344
Wed, Dec 26, 2012

“Tony Adams”
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros


“♫ Let all
the wailing
wail/ let the
drummer drum/
we’re waiting
for the rays of
the morning

This certified futbol fanatico is officially celebrating Boxing Day, today even in America on December 26; we honor the beautiful game with one of England’s footballers “Tony Adams.” Unbeknownst to most, former Clash singer and leader of The Mescaleros, Joe Strummer was a huge football fan. Why would Joe pen a song to former Arsenal great Tony Adams? Strummer explained when he said in 1999, “England is used to worship a brand new band every now and then and throw them away into the ten following minutes. England is used to get rid of these kind of people, that’s disgusting. That’s a vicious behavior but symptomatic of one certain illness which corrupts the UK. I’ve written one song about that which is called “Tony Adams”: No one in this f*****g country rose up when he was denied the England armband, whilst he was winning his own fight against alcoholism. People might imagine footy is mundane, sometimes mundane stuff are important. We need people like Tony Adams.”

Who will be the next generation’s Tony Adams? Will England ever win another World Cup? Who will when the Premiere League crown this year? But today, you must be asking why would a Chelsea fan spotlight a Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros song about an Arsenal football hero? Even though Joe himself, like yours truly, bled Chelsea blue, no matter what team [even a local London rivals like Arsenal], you still must respect their history. Long live the beautiful game and in loving memory of Joe Strummer, devoted Chelsea supporter. Woody, this one’s for you!