The Jam


I am reading this book just now its about  the author growing up in Leeds in the 80’s and being a fan of The Jam and Paul Weller.He takes his fan status very seriously and he wears all the clothes and writes poems and letters to them.It’s a funny book about growing up in 80s Britain and the youth fashions and music.

I could relate to alot of the things as I also liked The Jam and wore a  lot of the clothes the author wore in the early eighties ie Fred perrys,Harrington Jackets,Stapress,wegen shoes,Desert boots,pilot Jackets,Doc Martens etc,and between me and my brother we had most of the Jam and Style Council records.In fact my brother went to dee the Style council at the last show ever at the Apollo in Glasgow.Its a funny book and it takes you back to teenage angst 80s style.

So since it is 90 degrees outside in Sunny Shoreline,Washington state and I am hiding indoors,like every milk bottle Scotsman should on a day like this.I am going to pick a favourite song from every Jam album and post it on the blog.Why you ask.Because I can and Sarah is at work and I am arsing around rather than put the new stroller together awright,procrastination is a favourite past time of mine.

So here we go!

The first song I have chosen is Art School from their first album In The City everybody thought they were punks with this album back then but we all new they were Mods even then.I always remember my brother swapped a double Status Quo album for a rare Double album of The Jams first two albums In The City and This Is A Modern World with Jackie Conlon our neighbour in Erskine.

This next song is from Modern World.This was a great album and was much smoother and Mod like than In The City.I found it hard to pick one song from this  but I remember listening to this one Life from A Window many times in housing Scheme Scotland.I still like it a lot.

The next Jam album to come out was All Mod Cons and with lyrics like,I first felt a kick and then a punch,I could now smell their breaths,It smelled of pubs and wormwood scrubs and to many right wing meetings it was a classic,especially the song those lyrics come from,Down In The Tube Station at Midnight.

The next album was Setting Sons and probably the most popular track on this was Eton rifles but I liked this one best it reminds me of running about Erskine with my mates.Great song.

This was hard to pick from I was between three great Jam Songs on this album,Sound Affects but this song Man in the Cornershop Won.I like the lyrics Paul Weller,he was always a hero to us Young Socialists in the dark days of Thatchers Britain.

The last Jam album in 1982 was The Gift this was one of my favourites from The Jam,Ghosts

Heres another great one, Running on the spot Live

The last Jam album I got was a live album called Dig the New Breed it was a live compilation and it came out just before the Jam split up so here is one from that.Paul Weller went on to the Style Council and the other two got parts on Eastenders or something.Here is my last Jam song Thats Entertainment a fucking Classic,and when my Kid is listening to Hannah Montana or the Jonas brothers I’ll be like that,get this on yer Ipod wee man this is whit yer Da listened to when he was your age.

Well I hoped you enjoyed that it killed a couple of hours  I better go and get some stuff done before Sarah gets in its still roasting ootside see ye’s later.


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15 Comments on “The Jam”

  1. Paul Weller Says:

    Thanks for the tribute Binga hopefully I will see you the next time I play in Seattle,two for the guest list.

  2. stevie Says:

    Oh, aye ‘Life from a Window’ is still a brilliant song. My favourites from the early days are I Got By in Time, Away from the Numbers, and Time for Truth.

    That’s Entertainment reminds me of Jass McLaughlin, cos he was always singing it while doing that chicken clucking thing wi his arms.

    Closest band to them since those days are The Enemy. Dodgy second album but their first ‘We’ll live and die in these towns’ is totally brilliant, makes you feel yir sixteen again, oh aye.

  3. bingabinga Says:

    Never heard The Enemy Stevie I will have to check them out.
    When I was looking at The Jam on youtube it reminded me how good they were.Definetly one of the best ever British Bands.
    Aye Jass was the Ace Face back then.
    You should read the book its quite funny.

    Cheers Paul mate sorry I missed you when you were here in April I was down in Oregon.

  4. stevie Says:

    The Manic Street Preachers are playing Seattle in September.

  5. stevie Says:

    I’m sure your baby would love to go…

  6. bingabinga Says:

    Are The Manics still as big these days?

  7. stevie Says:

    In my hoose they are.

  8. stevie Says:

    They released a couple of dodgyish records but their latest one is really good. They still sell a lot.

  9. Louise Says:

    They did a cover of Rhiannas Umbrella, now I know that ong was pish but themanics version sounded quite gd. Ah Peter, Celtic lost 1-0 tonight…..I worry that Tony has the same problem as Tommy….nice fitba but defensively naive. I’ll be happy if he wins league, we’re not CL material this yr. We’d only get embarrassed…this way we can sit back and watch huns get embarrassed and win league. Call me parochial but I’d rather win league than gt humiliated in Europe for a season.

  10. bingabinga Says:

    Louise I was going to watch the game today on the computer but I don’t think I’ll bother.
    Celtic will win 2-1 in Moscow.It will take a while to get things right as long as we make the Europa league I am not to bothered.

    Stevie remember the night we went to see The Manics in King Tuts back in 1990.

  11. stevie Says:

    About 30 minutes of white noise. Brilliant!

    We ended up going to the party of some student afterwards, though.

  12. bingabinga Says:

    Did we I don’t remember that,although I don’t remember much of the early nineties.I think Kateke was there and Scott jumped up on the stage.

  13. stevie Says:

    don’t think Kateke was there, but he was at the 5.30 gig about 2 months later, and tried to stage dive onto about 4 people.

    Sore face.

  14. Gregg Says:

    Scott still tells everyone about being up on the stage at the Manics gig. I’m sure he’ll be along soon to remind us all himself 🙂 Oh and the new album is good Peter. You should try to check a few tracks out on YouTube – it’s released in the US on 15th September.

  15. bingabinga Says:

    I would like that Gregg.I would like to hear it from the man himself,as I tell people the same story every time The Manics are mentioned.
    Aye ma mate Scott was oan stage wi them in King Tuts.It was brilliant though one of my best memories from those crazy days.

    Stevie I remember that Kateke jumped off the stage and there was only about 5 people watching the band HAHAHA.

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