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Sunday, September 16, 2007

In Praise of The Jam

Most days I think that apart from Eddie Baranek, I am the only person I know who LOVES The Jam and everything each of them has done since. But I'm happy to say that I am wrong!

While reading the Goner Board, as I do all day long whilst my computer processes things, or my scanner is doing its thing, I read this post about a live Jam show download-able in its entirety at the Sailor Jerry blog.

So I went there and downloaded all the tunes. I highly recommend you do too!

I was also most impressed by the vintage in-concert photo of the band and the depth and breadth of the blog itself. I guess its time to take the plunge and get that mobile phone web access so I can read stuff like this while traversing this great big country by train, which I'm getting ready to do in just a few weeks.

I don't know what else to say about the Jam that I haven't already said!

But here is a recap:

One ) They are a Power trio - all a band needs to be, really.
Two) They draw from Exemplary Influences for their sound and their own songwriting... and that would be Small Faces, Kinks, Motown and Neal Hefti (ie: "Batman" theme), to name but a few.
Three) They have a Keen Fashion Sense.

Oh, and back in the day, they did treat us (the Lobotomy crew) very very well, gave us incredible access to them in their otherwise most not-open-to-the-public moments. In more recent years, I'm happy to say that I helped close a Midtown Manhattan hotel bar with Paul Weller, his wife, his dad and great record collector, music fan and exemplary label honcho, Glenn Dicker and his very cool wife (she's a doctor!). The preceding Paul Weller concert had been amazing. The post-show wind-down was relaxing, and the conversation was on par with the Algonquin Round Table, if they talked about music. The lovely Mrs. Weller even introduced me to a cocktail I'd never thought of ordering before - The Singapore Sling - because its made with gin, a spirit with which I've had some bad experiences in the past. Yes, that link is to a recipe, although I think that this recipe is a little more like the one I had.

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Rick Buckler

I have a few additional words of praise for Paul Weller's dad - John Weller, whose profile you can see in the shot above - he's behind Rick Buckler and he's writing something down, using the nearby VW van as a surface. Mr. Weller remembered in clear detail just about every moment of the Jam's first couple of trips to Los Angeles, as I recounted to him moments I remembered (because I had photos of them). I think I even told him that my first bad experience with gin, the liquor of England, was as a result of the Jam's April 1978 tour and specifically their press party in Los Angeles.

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So, if you're one of those who doesn't LOVE The Jam, give them another chance. Go to the Sailor Jerry blog and listen to that 1981 show. You won't be sorry.

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Bruce Foxton

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are certainly not alone - come and join our forum that Rick set up!

and here's the website