'La Vida No Vale Nada' Bumper Sticker
Often, a tiny detail takes you down a rabbit hole of inspiration.
In the final scene of ‘Straight To Hell’ (1987) - a spoof on the Spaghetti Western genre directed by Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy) - starring Joe Strummer, the phrase “La vida no vale nada” (life is worthless) is scrawled on a silhouette of a bull.
A grim sentiment, which was taken from a wildly popular 1950’s Musica Ranchera ballad by Jose Alfredo Jimenez, about a life worthless if you stand idly by. The song became a 1955 film of the same name.
“I have Mexico in my ears. That’s where it all comes from” said Strummer about his work, who as The Clash was disintegrating, began traveling heavily. Mostly in Spain in a car with a stamp that read “la Vida No Vale Nada”
The 2014 documentary, ‘I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run’ looks for his beloved car lost along the way. https://youtu.be/oR0QN2h6tL4
Just a little bit of obscure music history tying Cine Meccanica and Spaghetti And A Western together in a collectible Via Meccanica bumper sticker. Drawn in Joe’s exact scrawl from the bull (I have yet to come across an image of the original stamp on the car).
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