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New Video: Circle Jerks Re-Issue Legendary “Wild in the Streets” to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its Original Release

Wild in the Streets, the sophomore album by groundbreaking Southern California punk outfit Circle Jerks — currently vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Redd Kross), bassist Zander Schloss (The Weirdos, Joe Strummer) and drummer Joey Castillo (The Bronx, QOTSA, Danzig, BL’AST!, Wasted Youth) — was originally released 40 years ago this year. And to celebrate the occasion, Wild in the Streets will receive a re-mastered, augmented LP re-issue on February 18, 2022 by Trust Records.

Succeeding Trust’s 2020 re-issue of Circle Jerks’ 1980 full-length debut Group Sex, the 40th Anniversary re-issue of Wild in the Streets will feature re-mastered audio by Pete Lyman and rare April 1982 live performances of material off the band’s first two albums, recorded at San Francisco‘s Elite Club. The package will also include a 20-page, full-color, 12-by-12 inch booklet specifically created for the re-issue that will feature historic photographers, club flyers and an 8,200-word essay by Los Angeles-based journalist Chris Morris, including new interviews with founding members Keith Morris, Greg Heston and Lucky Lehrer.

The re-issue of Wild in the Streets coincides with the kickoff of the band’s 40th Anniversary Tour in February. The tour will feature support from Negative Approach, Adolescents and 7Seconds, who will be reuniting for the first time in over five years. The tour begins on February 18, 2022 and includes an April 14, 2022 stop at Irving Plaza. You can check out the rest of the tour dates below.

The band and Trust Records offered fans a preview of the remastered album with album title track “Wild in the Streets,” a mosh pit friendly ripper delivered with a raw, frenzied urgency. The single is accompanied by a new video directed by photographer and skateboarder Atiba Jefferson that’s split between live footage shot from a Circle Jerks show back in 1982 and home video camera footage of skaters Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Christian Hosoi, Eric Koston, Kevin “Spanky” Long, Steve Olson, Victoria Ruesga, Sal Barbier, Rowan Zorilla, Sean Malto, Anaiah Lei, Lizzie Armanto, Dashawn Jordan, Max Perlich and others.

“I grew up on ‘Wild In The Streets’, so to be asked to direct this video was a huge honor,” Jefferson explains. “I wanted to capture and preserve 40 years of history but also celebrate 40 years of punk rock and skateboarding history.”

Throwback: RIP Joe Strummer/Joe Strummer Forever!/The Clash Forever!

Time flies by and it flies by at an incredibly dizzying pace. Just the other day, a Facebook friend mentioned that the 15th anniversary of Joe Strummer’s death had recently passed. I grew up listening to quite a bit of The Clash –and as a music obsessed boy, who spent an unusual amount of time watching MTV and other music related programming, I can clearly remember watching the video for “Rock the Casbah” and others. And when I found out that Strummer died, it felt as though a small part of my music loving childhood was gone; plus it made the seemingly dim possibility of a Clash reunion utterly impossible. Such is life. But this particular week, I thought of The Clash and how much those records had meant to me  — and interestingly, I stumbled on live footage of The Clash playing at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ in 1980 and in Japan in 1982 or so, plus other random things. 

As always Joe Strummer forever! The Clash forever!