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"Janie Jones"
Song by The Clash

from the album The Clash

Released April 8, 1977 (1977-04-08)
Recorded March, 1977
Genre Punk rock
Length 2:09
Label CBS
Writer Joe Strummer, Mick Jones
Producer Mikey Foote

"Janie Jones" is a song by the Clash on their eponymous debut album.[1][2] The subject of the song, Janie Jones, was a famous madam in London during the 1970s and had been a pop singer during the 1960s.

The live performance of the song at The Apollo in Glasgow on July 4, 1978, features on Rude Boy, a 1980 film directed by Jack Hazan and David Mingay, starring Ray Grange and The Clash. The track was re-recorded at Wessex Studios by engineer Bill Price and tape operator Jerry Green.[3][4][5] The song also features on The Clash: Westway to the World, a 2000 documentary film about the British punk rock band The Clash, directed by Don Letts.[2]

"Janie Jones" features on their compilation albums: The Story of the Clash, Volume 1 (1988) (disc two); Clash on Broadway (1991) (disc one; demo version); The Essential Clash (2003) (disc one). A live live version recorded on June 4, 1981 at Bond's Casino, New York City, features on the live bootleg Live at Bond's Casino (2000).[6]

In December 1982, Jones herself, backed by members of the Clash and the Blockheads and credited as Janie Jones & the Lash, recorded a 7" single, "House of the Ju-Ju Queen", which was written and produced by Joe Strummer and released on Big Beat in 1983. Strummer as well as Mick Jones also played guitar on the record, together with Paul Simonon on bass, Micky Gallagher on keyboards, Mel Collins on saxophone, and Charley Charles on drums. The B-side of the single was a cover of James Brown's "Sex Machine".

Legendary film maker Martin Scorsese, well known as an ardent fan of The Clash, claimed in the book "Scorsese on Scorsese", that he considers "Janie Jones" to be the greatest British rock and roll song. He also used the song in the film Bringing Out The Dead.[7]


Cover versions

"Janie Jones", performed by The Farrell Bros., features on This Is Rockabilly Clash, a tribute album released by various artists, and recorded by Raucous Records in 2002. The song has been covered by the English bands The Paddingtons, and Bush numerous times at live concerts. The song was covered in 2005 on the collaborative album Slackness by The Slackers and Chris Murray. It was covered again by the three-piece folk noir band Songdog who featured it on their album, The Time of Summer Lightning in 2005 and then by Babyshambles, featuring contributions from others, in 2006 and released to raise funds for Joe Strummer's charity foundation Strummerville. Neurotic Outsiders covered it.

"Janie Jones"
Single by Babyshambles & Friends
Released October 2006
Format CD, 7"
Genre Indie, Rock
Length 2:03
Label B-Unique
Producer Statik, Drew McConnell
Babyshambles & Friends singles chronology
"Janie Jones"

Babyshambles cover

"Janie Jones" (sometimes "Janie Jones (Strummerville)") was released through B-Unique Records to raise money for late Joe Strummer's charity foundation Strummerville and features contributions from others bands like Dirty Pretty Things, Larrikin Love, We Are Scientists, The Kooks, and Guillemots. This release marks the first time that Carl Barât and Pete Doherty worked together since The Libertines split up, although they never met during the recording process.[8]

Music video

The video revolves around (the real) Janie Jones being chauffeured around London with Mick Jones. Many of the contributors to the song feature in the video. Drew McConnell accompanies Janie Jones from the Windmill theatre right at the beginning as she's getting into her car, Alan Donohoe from The Rakes is driving the car, two mabers of Cazals are walking down the street near the start and their singer, Phil Bush, mimes 'lucky lady', the two guys standing in front of the telephone box are Josh Hubbard from The Paddingtons and one member of Guillemots; Carl Barât, Anthony Rossomando, Gary Powell and a guitar can be seen in a car pulling up to a petrol station, while Jack Penate is also seen at the petrol station and Lisa Moorish is seen singing along towards the end. The lead singer from The Mystery Jets is seen walking with one of The Holloways on the side of the street.

Track listing

  • CD
  1. "Janie Jones"
  2. "Janie Jones" (Pete Doherty vocal version)
  3. "Janie Jones" (Video)
  • 7"
  1. "Janie Jones"
  2. "Janie Jones" (Statik remix)



Additional contributors to the Statik remix

Chart performance

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Chart 17
Irish Singles Chart 45


  1. ^ Green, Johnny; Garry Barker (2003). A Riot of Our Own: Night and Day with The Clash, p. 151.
  2. ^ a b Letts Don. (2001). The Clash: Westway to the World. Event occurs at 3:10–3:45.
  3. ^ Green, Johnny; Garry Barker (2003). A Riot of Our Own: Night and Day with The Clash, pp. 153–154.
  4. ^ Hazan, Jack; David Mingay, Ray Gange, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Nicky Headon, Buzzy Enterprises, Epic Music Video. (2006). Rude Boy. [Documentary, Rockumentary]. New York, NY, United States: Epic Music Video. ISBN 0738900826. OCLC 70850190. "2nd edition digitally restored and remastered sound." 
  5. ^ Whistance, Don J. "Rude Boy". theclash.org.uk. http://www.theclash.org.uk/RudeBoy.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-18. "Except for the Lyceum gigs, The Clash aren't live on the film at all, stated Johnny Green. Totally artificial. The backing tracks were done at Wessex Studios." 
  6. ^ "Albums by The Clash - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/the_clash. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  7. ^ Scorsese, Martin; Ian Christie, David Thompson (1996) [1989]. Scorsese on Scorsese (4th edition ed.). London: Faber. ISBN 0571178278. OCLC 35599754. 
  8. ^ "Carl Barat and Pete Doherty team-up". NME.com. 30 August 2006. http://www.nme.com/news/libertines/24149. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Barat and Doherty reunite". Yahoo. 19 September 2006. http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/dyna/article.html?a=/060919/340/gmjua.html&e=l_news_dm. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  10. ^ "Babyshambles - Janie Jones (strummerville) - Music Charts". acharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/11354. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 




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