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Andy Morris

10:22 7th November 2014

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A new version of 'Rock The Casbah' by The Clash will be released in December to raise money for Joe Strummer's Strummerville charity.

The track is based around the vocals of Roger Ranking, a former tourmate of The Clash. Ranking, the lead singer of The Beat, recorded a version of 'Rock The Casbah' with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones in 1981 which was never released.

Ranking has continued to perform the track throughout his career and, when he met Brighton beatsmiths Dope Grinders at the Across The Tracks festival in 2012, the idea of recording a new version was suggested. The masterstroke? Mick Jones passed the original stems of the track to the producers.

All profits from this five track EP will raise funds for Strummerville and will be available exclusively through PledgeMusic. As well as two versions of 'Rock The Casbah' the EP also contains a reworking of 'Muscle Ska' co-composed by Neville Stape from the Specials.

Other editions will be available including VIP concert experiences, EPs signed by Mick Jones and Paul Simonon as well as signed limited edition photos from Paul Slattery, 

Below: Watch Roger Ranking discuss 'Rock The Casbah' EP

Strummerville is a registered charity that gives opportunities to aspiring musicians and supports projects that create social mobility through music (

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