In 1981, coming off the back of The Beat’s top ten hit “Too Nice To Talk To”, Roger was asked by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones to sing on a version of Rock The Casbah that the Clash were recording.

This lead to further collaborationsbetween Roger and the Clash on the road, and then to Mick Jones playing guitar (and nearly joining the group) for General Public, the band that Roger and Dave Wakeling formed after the break up of The Beat in 1983, which enjoyed considerable success on the USA (their biggest hit, Tenderness, still being used in movies today).

While Roger and The Clash’s version of Rock The Casbah was never released, Roger has continued to play the song live (it was included on his recent Live In London CD), so when he met the producing duo Dopegrinders at Across The Tracks festival in 2012, and they decided to record together, it was an obvious track to start with. To make it even better, Mick Jones, as a favor to Roger, very kindly made the original stems available for the Dopegrinder's use.

By way of thanks, Dopegrinders, Roger & The Beat agreed to contribute all their collaborations to the charitable foundation ‘Strummerville’, to be released in December 2014, the 12th anniversary of Joe’s death (22 December 2002). All profits from this rare collaborative 5 track EP will raise funds for 'Strummerville' and will be available exclusively through pledge.com from mid- October.

As well as 2 different mixes of ‘Rock The Casbah’, the EP also contains ‘Return of The Dread-I’, a song written by Roger, his son Murphy & Hugh Harris, ‘On The Road’ – a Roger & Murphy composition, and a re-working of Muscle Ska, cocomposed by Roger & Neville Staple from The Specials.

Strummerville is a registered charity that was set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death. Strummerville gives opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects that create social mobility through music (www.strummerville.com).

Roger will be playing all the above new material on his 2014 autumn dates

After a year or so working with 'The Electric Toaster' Mr Ranking Roger and Ranking Jnr. BBC 6 MUSIC interviews Roger and plays a track to da nation... :) A good moment... ;-) The track is now part of Rogers album 'Pop off the Headtop'

Here is the new free EP...

Havin a break...In the Pod studio with Ska Legend Ranking Roger...

Hydrophonics-01 E.P. June 2012

20 min headphone mix - only on the Soundcloud page

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