Best of the Strombo Show: Elisapie, Ian MacKaye + London Calling 40th Anniversary

Sunday night is for the only band that matters.
Elisapie was given up for adoption as a baby, on the tarmac of an airport, to be raised in the community of Salluit, Nunavik until she lost her parents before she was twenty, resulting toward her escape to Montreal. Her album The Ballad Of The Runaway Girl is her story as an expatriate Inuk. Home. Adoption. Motherhood. Nomadism. Reestablishing a connection to your community. It is recounted and explored in conversation with Strombo, along with the songs that soundtracked her road.
Strombo ventures to the House Of Dischord for a rare conversation with Ian MacKaye. He has been leading Washington bands for four decades: Fugazi, Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Embrace, The Evens and when he was a teenager, he founded the massively impactful, Dischord Records. He has spent his life invested in a DIY philosophy. Championing accessibility and inclusivity in his work with a fearless approach. He said it himself, “If you see something that scares the shit out of you, go towards it. You’re about to learn something.”
We’ll honour the fortieth anniversary The Clash’s London Calling through demos, memories and conversation. Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon strolled into a garage in Pimilco, known as Vanilla Studios, in May 1979 with no songs prepared for what would become their seminal album. Strombo revisits the time with the photographer behind the classic bass destruction album cover, Pennie Smith and the keyboardist, Mick Gallagher. Voices that were born from the album also call-in to celebrate its value: Billy Bragg, Bry Webb of Constantines, Flogging Molly and Tom Morello.
Tell your friends that the Spirit Of Radio lives on.


  • The Clash, “Rudy Can’t Fail”
  • Fugazi, “Waiting Room”
  • Witch Prophet, “Elsabet”
  • The Clash, “Working And Waiting (Demo)”
  • Lalo Schifrin, “The Caveman (Main Title)”
  • The Clash, “London Calling (Demo)”
  • The Clash, “Revolution Rock”
  • The Clash, “Death Or Glory”
  • Hopeton Lewis, “Express Yourself”
  • Sugluk, “Fall Away”
  • Elisapie, “Don’t Make Me Blue”
  • Elisapie, “Arnaq”
  • Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane”
  • Elisapie, “Forefathers”
  • Metallica, “Enter Sandman”
  • Elisapie, “Wolves Don’t Live By The Rules”
  • Flogging Molly, “If I Ever Leave This World Alive (Strombo Sessions)”
  • The Clash, “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)”
  • The Clash, “Wrong ‘Em Boyo”
  • Syreeta, “Your Kiss Is Sweet”
  • Anemone, “On Your Own”
  • MGMT, “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything (Bauhaus Cover)”
  • FKA Twigs, “Cellophane”
  • Sky Ferreira, “Downhill Lullaby”
  • Tom Waits, “The Piano Has Been Drinking”
  • The Clash, “The Police Walked In For Jazz (Demo Version)”
  • The Clash, “Jimmy Jazz”
  • The Clash, “Clampdown”
  • Art D’Ecco, “Who Is It Now?”
  • MorMor, "Outside"
  • Psychedelic Furs, “Heaven”
  • Shigeo Sekito, "ザ・ワードⅡ / セキトウ・シゲオ (The World II)”
  • Taeko Ohnuki, “海と少年 (The Boy And The Sea)”
  • Constantines, “Young Lions”
  • The Clash, “Guns Of Brixton (Live)”
  • Fugazi, “Suggestion”
  • Minor Threat, “Straight Edge”
  • Minor Threat, “No Reason”
  • Fugazi, “Long Division”
  • Fugazi, “Merchandise”
  • Minor Threat, “Out Of Step”
  • Minor Threat, “Guilty Of Being White”
  • Fugazi, “Sweet and Low (Live)”
  • Television Personalities, “Stop and Smell The Roses”
  • Betty Davis, “They Say I’m Different”
  • Tommy James & The Shondells, “Crimson And Clover”
  • Yves Jarvis, “To Say That Is Easy”
  • Ingrid St-Pierre, “Sac banane (Ft. Heartstreets)”
  • Grateful Dead, “Dark Star”
  • Savages, “Dream Baby Dream”