Former Clash leader Joe Strummer penned the titled track of a new album
Generations One--A Punk Look At Human Rights benefiting the Human Rights
Action Center (HRAC) that is being released today ((February 11).
song, "Generations," was recorded by Strummer, ex-Damned drummer Rat Scabies
and Seggs, who worked with the Chemical Brothers, using the name Electric
Doghouse. "I am a great fan of Jack Healey [who heads HRAC] and his work with
human rights issues," said Strummer. "When I was asked to write the title
track, I was really taken by the concept of a punk album benefiting human
rights. It inspired me to put pen to paper and I ended up writing the track in
a couple of hours."
The compilation features a mix of new and previously
unreleased tracks from the likes of Green Day, Bad Brains and The John Doe
Thing. It was conceived by Healey, who was former Executive Director of Amnesty
International USA, the man responsible for those mega-Amnesty tours featuring
U2, Sting and Bruce Springsteen, and Jason Rothberg, the 26-year old founder of
the label Lion's Pride, who spent 18 months assembling the artists for the
The collection aims to honor...
The collection aims to honor former first lady Eleanor
Roosevelt, who penned the Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and is the first
in a planned series of four human rights-themed CD's (a rock and funk
compilation are in the works) that will honor leaders in the fight for
universal human rights. A source at Ark 21, the new label releasing the album,
explained that Healey's wish is to have the Declaration of Human Rights into
the hands of a billion people by the turn of the century, preferably printed on
their passports. All the artists have donated their music for the project,
which will raise funds for the HRAC.
Speaking about the compilation,
Rothberg said, "Kids everywhere need to know that the problems all around are
real, but they aren't impossible to overcome. Labels like Generation X have
made it easy for people to believe that we are selfish, lazy, misguided and
clueless about what really matters in the world. Well, this album is proof that
people of any age know when crimes are being committed, crimes that must be
stopped," said Rothberg about the next generation. Adding fuel to Rothberg's
fire are estimates that by the year 2010 people under the age of 21 are
expected to make up 42% of people in the world.
A benefit concert is
scheduled for late February in Los Angeles, and the Electric Doghouse video
will allegedly be appearing on MTV any day now.
The tracks on the album
"Generations"- Electric Dog House (Joe Strummer (ex-Clash) with Seggs
who works with the Chemical Brothers) and Rat Scabies (ex-Damned))
Alien Song": Red Ants with Exene Cervernkova (ex-X).
2) "Pat Brown":
Assorted Jelly Beans.
3) "Nervous Breakdown": (Circle Jerks)-
4) "21 Guns": Good Riddance.
5) "Coming To America": Me
First & The Gimmi-Gimmies (featuring Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day).
"Do, Da, Da": Green Day.
7) "27": Lagwagon.
8) "Criminal": The John Doe
9) "Synthetic World": Swamp Dog Does Moon Dog.
John": The Vandals.
11) "Don't Bother Me": Bad Brains.
13) "That Last": Fetish.
14) "Ya, Ya, Ya, Ya": Mr. T.
15) "Can't Make Love": Pansy Division with Tre' Cool (Green
16) "Push Shove": X-Members.
17) "Health Care For All Americans":