Calling anything Joe Strummer did a ‘lesser version’ feels like risking my punk rock credentials, but then again I’m sure (no I’m entirely positive) The great man would agree with me that NOBODY can do The Harder They Come better than the originator.
Jimmy Cliff was an inspiration for so many. This soundtrack album/Reggae classic features this sunshine soaked song of hope. Who knew the guy singing his own theme tune in a Z-Movie of ghetto gangsters and low rent exploitation cinema would be the launch pad for an eternal piece of can do spirit made song?
This David Vs Goliath of a tune can lift a field of people off of the ground. I haft seen it mit mine own eyez.
It might have been Joe’s version I came to know first. Jimmy Jimmy. There was no need to be sad when they play your song. That tale of the “Pie up in the sky” and the “Free man in his grave” resonates with all who give it a mere three minutes of their time.
Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine On The Greatest Songs Of All Time.
The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff