Mick Jones, once the guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer in The Clash, said in an interview that he wrote a batch of songs with his Clash partner, Joe Strummer, that have never been released.
“We did write some more songs together and he was going to do them with The Mescaleros [Strummer’s final group],” Jones said during an interview with BBC 6Music.
“We wrote a batch – we didn’t used to write one, we used to write a batch at a time – like gumbo,” Jones said. “The idea was he was going to go into the studio with The Mescaleros during the day and then send them all home. I’d come in all night and we’d all work all night.”
The NME, which reported the story, says it’s possible the songs did get recorded as an unreleased Clash album.
“That didn’t come to nothing because that wasn’t going to work, we knew that but it was a nice idea,” Jones said in the interview. “Later on, a few months later we were at some opening or something and I said, ‘What happened to those songs?!’ If you didn’t do them straight away and get them back straight away, it was like, ‘What’s wrong with them?!’ So, I went, ‘What happened to the songs?!’ He went, ‘Oh man, they’re the next Clash album’.”