Brooding Six (Joe Strummer)

Joe Strummer was political punk’s beloved activist-spokesman-in-chief, but after the dissolution of the band with which he first blazed an angsty trail across the popular consciousness, The Clash, and before his latter-day resurgence as leader of the Mescaleros, the artist formerly known as Graham Mellor dropped off the radar and made film scores. This more genteel musical pursuit allowed him to vent a gentler side, still neglected a decade on from his premature death in this very county. ‘Brooding Six’ comes from his soundtrack to Alex Cox’s 1987 film Walker, a loose and occasionally surreal take on the life of William Walker, the American adventurer who became the dictatorial President of Nicaragua in 1856. It’s nothing particularly original – its melancholic piano motif strongly recalls the magisterial Ennio Morricone – but its echoey tinkling and warmly strummed guitar make for a winsome combination, even with the hint of uncertainty they convey.