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Album: Global A Go-Go
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Released: 2001
Length: 5:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Well, I was walking down the High Road
And this guy stops me
He'd just got in from New Zealand
And he was looking for mushy peas
I said, no, we hadn't really got 'em round here
I said, but we do got

Balti, Bhindi, strictly Hindi
Dall, Halal and I'm walking down the road
We got rocksoul, okra, bombay duck-ra
Shrimp beansprout, comes with it or without - with it or without
Bagels soft or simply harder
Exotic avocado or toxic empenada
We got akee, lassi, Somali waccy baccy
I'm sure back home you know what tikka's all about - what tikka's all about

Welcome stranger, to the humble neighbourhoods
You can get inspiration along the high road

Hommus, cous cous in the jus of octopus
Pastrami and salami and lasagne on the go
Welcome stranger, there's no danger
Welcome to this humble neighbourhood

There's Balti, Bhindi, strictly Hindi
Dall, Halal and I'm walking down the road
Rocksoul, okra, bombay duck-ra
Shrimp beansprout, comes with it or without

So anyway, I told him I was in a band
He said, "Oh yeah, oh yeah - what's your music like?"
I said, "It's um, um, well, it's kinda like
You know, it's got a bit of, um, you know."

Ragga, Bhangra, two-step Tanga
Mini-cab radio, music on the go
Um, surfbeat, backbeat, frontbeat, backseat
There's a bunch of players and they're really letting go
We got Brit pop, hip hop, rockabilly, Lindy hop
Gaelic heavy metal fans fighting in the road
Ah, Sunday boozers for chewing gum users
They got a crazy D.J. and she's really letting go

Oh, welcome stranger
Welcome stranger to the humble neighbourhoods

Well, I say, there's plenty of places to eat round here
He say, "Oh yeah, I'm pretty choosy."

You got
Balti, Bhindi, strictly Hindi
Dall, Halal, walking down the road
Rocksoul, okra, bombay duck-ra
Shrimp beansprout, comes with it or without
Let's check it out

Welcome stranger to the humble neighbourhoods, neighbourhoods
Check out all that

Por-da-sol, por-da-sol
Walking down the high road
Comments (143)add comment
 fredriley wrote:
This song makes me hungry! I could murder a biryani :o)
 
Then I hope you're not in New Zealand!
This song makes me hungry! I could murder a biryani :o)
Genius. Just pure freakin' genius. Whole album kicks it.

Rock in Peace, Mr. Strummer.
c.
Rapping about international cuisine...I love it!
We're more multicultural here than just about anywhere, and we still suck at it to be fair. Now more than in 2001. Regression.
Absolutely wonderful.
Latter day Joe Strummer is great. He ended on a high note imo.  Lyrically interesting, musically very ambitious.  What music and art is all about.  I saw him live once after the album previous to Global a Go-Go and it ranks as one of the best concerts I ever saw.  
Bhindi Bhagee.....okra masala is delicious.
RIP Joe, died WAY too young.
Joe, we lost ‘ye way too soon...
Every couple of months RP plays a song that's new to me that I download and play the hell out of, over and over, just like when I was 13. This is one of those songs.
Welcome stranger, there's no danger

Welcome to this humble neighbourhood
This is fun 
This sort of rides a thin line between brilliance and atrocity for me. Today it seems more brilliant so 5→7.
It should be acknowledged that there is also a time for mushy peas. Joe is throwing out the baby with the bath water here.
Joe Strummer was one of those "soundtrack of my teens"  voices that takes you back
Happiness in diversity in one song!
Love this! {#Guitarist}


This song is soooo good for the ears...
 
 bam23 wrote:
March 3: This sequence of songs may be a repeat, but the vibe is really incredible. Not only because there are a number of pieces in this mix that I would not know about without this resource (RP), but the continuity is really well worked out. Bravo! I ignored the Clash in their day, but discovered Joe Strummer here, for which I give thanks.

 
Cheers to that bambam!
now I'm all perked up for a toxic empanada and some wacci bacci 
March 3: This sequence of songs may be a repeat, but the vibe is really incredible. Not only because there are a number of pieces in this mix that I would not know about without this resource (RP), but the continuity is really well worked out. Bravo! I ignored the Clash in their day, but discovered Joe Strummer here, for which I give thanks.
 mikec09 wrote:
BEST song about India and its food and Joe Strummer's band . . . EVER!

I can't get enough of this song . . .  

It's um . . . uh . . . well it's kinda like . . . and it's got a bit of . . . 

You gotta love it! 
 

Exactly my sentiments mikec09 simply amazing.... °º©©º° 
BEST song about India and its food and Joe Strummer's band . . . EVER!

I can't get enough of this song . . .  

It's um . . . uh . . . well it's kinda like . . . and it's got a bit of . . . 

You gotta love it! 
Fun Fun Fun  {#Dance}
I'm quite a fan of Bindi (Okra) Bhaji as an accompaniment to a good curry. Damn, I'm feeling hungry already :o)
THANKS FOR PLAYING!  A "TOP 100 OF ALL TIME" SONG!!!
New Zealand in da house! {#Tongue}. Thankfully Mushy Peas remain a blighty only thing.
Edit: For a proper curry in ChCh, check out "South of India" in New Brighton. Nummy Num nums.
 Tosko wrote:
I thought for a second with the intro that this was Jethro Tull . . . .
 
Eewwwww!  bite your tongue.  

I miss Joe.....
This video was posted early - found on pg 2 - but it deserves a bump up. Joe looks like he's having a great time. 




It's been a 9 with me for years—I don't know why it's taken me so long to give it a 10. Trying to reserve space I guess but at this point I have to admit that there's really nothing I like better ...
Yes, that's some good music!{#Drummer}

Does anyone think Bill would ever seguey into the Spike Jones version?  It has only been about 48 years since I heard it played on someone else's HiFi from theur LP.  

Talkin' 'bout a cover playoff!      {#Clap} 
crunchy tune
Strum it, Joe {#Bananajam}
Can't stop my leg from bouncing during this one.
imklammer wrote:
...The song is about cultural diversity in London...
Not getting a lot of diversity per se; more like voluntary segregation and celebration of a single culture within a city - one of the things that makes Toronto such a great town. Every group celebrates their own traditions while respecting others. Diversity is more like the melting pot we have here. Some pretty cool mashups result, no doubt - but much is lost as well. Man, I'm hungry.Time for tikka masala!

{#Motor}  Joe and the Mescaleros....it's all good stuff. {#Bananajam}
 calebstewart wrote:
I can't think of a more exciting, innovative, or passionate artists since Louis Armstrong picked up a trumpet!
Totally agree. Joe was conscious, literate, subtle, humorous, and human most beautifully and all at once. It took me about 20 listens to understand the real message—the beauty of diversity—behind of this deceptively punky tune. And plus, it rawks!

 Mari wrote:

Adelaide is the place to get mushy peas, called a pie floater which is a meat pie floating on a bed of mushy peas and it's surprisingly yummy!
 
ok then, if it's big in Oz, then mushy peas are back in big time in New Zealand. I'll retract my claim immediately.

btw "wot's your music like?" has me in fits each time for obvious reasons.

 Ericac wrote:
I hear Elmer Fud on vocals.
 
Perhaps you're thinking of "Guabi Guabi" by Pork Tornado.

 DigitalJer wrote:
Quirky, catchy, fun.
 
'Sactly what I was thinking. Another first listen, another winner from Bill.
Strummer could have walked down Rte. 9 in Absecon and made it look and sound interesting.
True story!

So anyway, I told him I was in a band
He said, "Oh yeah, oh yeah? What's your music like?"
I said, "It's um, um, well, it's kinda like
You know, it's got a bit of, um, you know...."

pure joy

really good to cook to —-and all the songs after also, excellent.
Wow, this song and sound are really unusual.  It doesn't bring the Clash to mind at all.  I really like this.
quirky catchy fun
I'm not sure I've ever heard this song, though I do like JL&tM.  FUN song!  I'm chair dancin!

 dbailey wrote:

waccy baccy = khat
 
Bingo.  We have a winner.

Simply. Awesome.
Discovered this driving up the west coast of Baja Mexico at sunset, after a day of driving in the desert. Stunning scenery and inspiring tune kept the pedal to the metal.
Love the song.  Hate mushy peas.
Rather splendid eh
 ThePoose wrote:

waccy baccy = maryjane

 
waccy baccy = khat

Can't go wrong with Joe Strummer.
I think Warren Zevon would dig this.
 imklammer wrote:

Bhindi = okra, bhagee/bhaji = fritter

The song is about cultural diversity in London.

Well, I was walking down the high road
And this guy stops me
He'd just got in from New Zealand
And he was looking for mushy peas
I said, no, we hadn't really got 'em round here
I said, but we do got...

Balti, Bhindi, strictly Hindi
Dall, Halal and I'm walking down the road
We got rocksoul, okra, bombay duck-ra
Shrimp beansprout, comes with it or without
With it or without
Bagels soft or simply harder
Exotic avocado or toxic empenada
We got akee, lassi, Somali waccy baccy
I'm sure back home you know what tikka's all about!
What tikka's all about

And so on.........

 
waccy baccy = maryjane

I thought for a second with the intro that this was Jethro Tull . . . .
Love it .... + hi to Travel Rat .. I'm in Siberia too...   chilly right now aint' it  :-)
I've been a fan of Strummer's stuff for (gulp) the last 25 years—never heard this tune though.  Very cool!
 madra wrote:
I've loved this song since the first time I heard it, I listen to it all the time. And then a few days ago, it hit me: It's a song about food. And dancing. Pure joy.
 
Bhindi = okra, bhagee/bhaji = fritter

The song is about cultural diversity in London.

Well, I was walking down the high road
And this guy stops me
He'd just got in from New Zealand
And he was looking for mushy peas
I said, no, we hadn't really got 'em round here
I said, but we do got...

Balti, Bhindi, strictly Hindi
Dall, Halal and I'm walking down the road
We got rocksoul, okra, bombay duck-ra
Shrimp beansprout, comes with it or without
With it or without
Bagels soft or simply harder
Exotic avocado or toxic empenada
We got akee, lassi, Somali waccy baccy
I'm sure back home you know what tikka's all about!
What tikka's all about

And so on.........

 westslope wrote:

And here I thought givin' 'er was something Canadians had borrowed from the culture to the south....

I have heard this expression and probably been guility of using it in the wilds of Canada from Ontario the Terrible to the Barbarian Coast.


 
Yeah.

I'm pretty sure we made up "gonch," too.

And here I thought givin' 'er was something Canadians had borrowed from the culture to the south....

I have heard this expression and probably been guility of using it in the wilds of Canada from Ontario the Terrible to the Barbarian Coast.


 calebstewart wrote:
I can't think of a more exciting, innovative, or passionate artists since Louis Armstrong picked up a trumpet!
 
This one and the title track always get me dancing at my desk!

 calebstewart wrote:
I can't think of a more exciting, innovative, or passionate artists since Louis Armstrong picked up a trumpet!
 
Man, I like your taste in music.

Ericac wrote:
I hear Elmer Fud on vocals.

I thought it was Mr.Magoo.

But I gotta say, Magoo's doing a great job!

I can't think of a more exciting, innovative, or passionate artists since Louis Armstrong picked up a trumpet!
I hear Elmer Fud on vocals.
redtex wrote:
I must be missing something here, I don't get it.
yes..yes you are.
xkolibuul wrote:
Get the whole CD. Brilliant.
Indeed.
I've loved this song since the first time I heard it, I listen to it all the time. And then a few days ago, it hit me: It's a song about food. And dancing. Pure joy.
I must be missing something here, I don't get it.
I'm sure Bhindi Bhagee appeared in a Red Dwarf episode.
jjbix wrote:
perfectly average, time to go take a leak . . .
Perfectly made, time for a banana dance....... :dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana: :dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana: :dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana: :dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana: :dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana: :dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana: :dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana:
perfectly average, time to go take a leak . . .
jim1964 wrote:
givin' 'er, what a great expression, I haven't that since I lived in the wilds of Alberta.
:wink: Well the quote is from a Canuck so that makes sense...
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
originally posted in the forums somewhere:
givin' 'er, what a great expression, I haven't that since I lived in the wilds of Alberta.
Just an amazingly tight and perfect song in my opinion. Truly awe-inspiring.
Get the whole CD. Brilliant. Waybo wrote:
Bill does it again: Never heard it. Pure sweetness. Must have. Buy it on iTunes. Bill, thank you for what you do.
Absolutely outstanding!
originally posted in the forums somewhere: smokinsean wrote:
The legendary Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros- Bhindi Baghee...LIVE!...I just love seeing this old punk rocker givin' 'er to this...so tight and cool!..
Bill does it again: Never heard it. Pure sweetness. Must have. Buy it on iTunes. Bill, thank you for what you do.
eskles wrote:
Infectiously brilliant
Yep, gotta add this cd to my incredibly long "heard it on RP and now can't live without it" list.
drekar wrote:
I second that! This song is rockin, and is deserving of a banana JAM! :bananajam:
third! :bananajam: raise ya !! :drummer:
laprincessa wrote:
Joe Strummer is incredible - near godlike. RIP, sweets.
Yep, "Get Down Moses" makes me a happy nanner... :dancingbanana:
Man, it's hard to get any work done this morning. I keep looking up artist information on the great sets being played today - and adding to my wish list. Love Joe Strummer !
The sound of Joe Strummer not giving a crap and having fun. And boy, there is a lot of fun to be had in this song! :dance:
Infectiously brilliant
Marr wrote:
Now now. Not everybody in Texas wants this song to stop.
I second that! This song is rockin, and is deserving of a banana JAM! :bananajam:
willmcnaught wrote:
STAY IN TEXAS you buffoon! :ass:
Now now. Not everybody in Texas wants this song to stop. Not to mention I don't really want Glockman to stay in Texas.
Glockman45 wrote:
stop the insanity bill, please!
Yes, Play this one a lot! Insanity to shelve it for too long! :bananapiano: :bounce: :jump:
Mescaleros meets bhagee-Iyeeeeee!
Part of my brain keeps thinking that I ought to find this song annoying for some reason, yet the overwhelming response is quite positive. At the very least it deserves a dancing nanner! :dancingbanana:
Glockman45 wrote:
stop the insanity bill, please!
STAY IN TEXAS you buffoon! :ass:
Great song!
"Wots the music like?" Love it.
:dancingbanana: :good-vibes:
BRILLIANT. This is the tune that turned me on to the later Strummer stuff. Love it more every time I hear it.
Dirktooth wrote:
A song full of raucous energy and life, it manages to be western punk in it's lyrics but indian in it's swirling upbeat tempo.....
Very nicely put! This is my first listen, and I too felt swept up in the amazing energy of this song. It's a novelty, but a great deal of fun.
This is FUN!
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote: For the record, mushy peas have long been out in NZ. vh1.com wrote: VH1.com: In "Bhindi Bhagee" you take a tourist on a culinary tour of London. Are the lyrics based on personal experience or did you make it up? Strummer: I was standing outside a newsagent about midnight, waiting for one of the guys in the band. This taxi pulls up and a guy jumps out with a suitcase and he says, "Ah, you're Joe Strummer, aren't you?" And I go, "Yeah." And he goes, "Oh, well I've just gotten in from New Zealand and you're the first person I've spoken to in Britain." We had a laugh about that. So I had to put it into a tune. Eventually he came and hung out in the studio and we got on quite well with him. He wasn't asking about food. I had to put the food thing in to get my food thing in. Adelaide is the place to get mushy peas, called a pie floater which is a meat pie floating on a bed of mushy peas and it's surprisingly yummy!
stop the insanity bill, please!
Tireux_De_Roche wrote:
Indian food. Yuck!
Not surprising in central MA (although I had decent Vietnamese in Boston a couple years ago). You're missing out! :drool:
Joe Strummer is incredible - near godlike. RIP, sweets.
utter Toss !
UltraNurd wrote:
I think it's false-colored or filtered weirdly or something.
I think it's a disposable lighter, altered in PhotoShop.
I like this ... Joe is / was such a talent
drtjdel wrote:
Oh is that what it is? I thought it was a lipstick or shotgun shell.
I think it's false-colored or filtered weirdly or something.
Love this nonsense tune!
Im not sure why, but this song is catchy and good in an frustrating :wall: way
BGGA wrote:
Does anybody else hear a little Donnovan in this tune. What is the rest of the disc like?
The whole CD is one of my all time favorites. Great stuff!
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
For the record, mushy peas have long been out in NZ.
vh1.com wrote:
VH1.com: In "Bhindi Bhagee" you take a tourist on a culinary tour of London. Are the lyrics based on personal experience or did you make it up? Strummer: I was standing outside a newsagent about midnight, waiting for one of the guys in the band. This taxi pulls up and a guy jumps out with a suitcase and he says, "Ah, you're Joe Strummer, aren't you?" And I go, "Yeah." And he goes, "Oh, well I've just gotten in from New Zealand and you're the first person I've spoken to in Britain." We had a laugh about that. So I had to put it into a tune. Eventually he came and hung out in the studio and we got on quite well with him. He wasn't asking about food. I had to put the food thing in to get my food thing in.
turnergirl1of2 wrote:
Dude... I want that lighter.
Oh is that what it is? I thought it was a lipstick or shotgun shell.
Does anybody else hear a little Donnovan in this tune. What is the rest of the disc like?
Indian food. Yuck!
Dude... I want that lighter.
Awesome tune! Never forget the influence of Joe & The Clash!
For the record, mushy peas have long been out in NZ.
mojoman wrote:
Mushy peas! Truly a Brit favorite.
Hmm - not really. It is more an 'albatross' in the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
camarkim wrote:
Don't mean to be offensive to Clash and JS fans, but I haven't heard much from JS and the M that I really have liked. In fact, I tend to favor Mick and BAD, even though I suspect he was considered subpar to JS's genius. However, I really like this track. (But then again, it could easily have been a BAD song, couldn't it?)
Don't hold back! Tell us how you REALLY feel -- if you know, that is... :music: