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The Jam

Discussion in 'music' started by Nigel, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. waxkinglyrical

    waxkinglyrical pfm Member

    For me The Bitterest Pill is a great single.
     
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  2. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    They did so many great non album singles.
     
  3. Sloop John B

    Sloop John B pfm Member

    I still remember watching top of the pops expecting the wonderful games without frontiers to continue its rise only for this song to come straight in At no. 1. I was 13 at the time and the Jam had passed me by up until then.

    Such a great time for music in general....

    .sjb
     
  4. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I like the fact that Weller ended The Jam & then did something completely different. I've seen him at the Leadmill in Sheffield & also the City Hall. I think his solo work is generally excellent & he is a superb musician.
     
  5. ex brickie

    ex brickie pfm Member

    I didn’t take to the Style Council - especially soon after the Jam. Just seemed a bit poncy to me!

    Have since appreciated them a bit - Long Hot Summer works on a warm day . Walls Come Tumbling Down was more Jam like. Let’s go to Milton Keynes was pretty funky.

    Couldn’t easily listen to a whole SC album though...
     
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  6. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    I think the Style Council was a bold move for Weller to make. He had no guarantee it would be a success. I loved the early singles (the b-side Ghosts Of Dachau is an exceptional thing) and the crazy diversity of Cafe Bleu. Lost track of them a bit after that though as by definition they weren’t a band to be “followed” as avidly as The Jam.
    Afraid his solo stuff was lost on me for years. Way too retro in the same way dreadful “Brit Pop” was. Have come to appreciate it and again it’s (later) diversity more recently.
     
  7. bigjonny

    bigjonny pfm Member

    He already has, Studio 150 , I think it’s very good and I like The Jam as much as we all do in this thread.
     
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  8. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    I think Weller is a much better musician than many realise. The fact that The Jam and The Style Council are so different and his solo stuff is pretty varied yet I can listen happily to any of it says something about him. I have seen him play live a few times at different points of his career and have always massively enjoyed his performances. The Jam were probably my favourite part of his career, but much of his later output has been very close.
     
  9. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    Seen Waller many times, and enjoy all of his phases. Although funnily enough I left a meeting in Basingstoke last night and thought I'd listen to some old Jam, and loud. So I siried away and got 'News of the World'. I vividly recall taping this off the Peel show back in the day, and loving it.

    It sounded dreadful in the car. Admittedly it was Apple Music bit rates, but I had to switch to something else. Just not as impactful and energetic as I remembered.

    I last saw PW live supporting Noel Gallagher at the Downs Concert. Ego billing aside, PW blew the rest away, with breadth, depth and rapport. Noels band also got better once Weller joined them.

    National treasure status yet?
     
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  10. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    Would add that they probably called time at the right moment, as some say Paul Weller had lost his edge a tad, The Style Council was indeed a bold move.:)
     
  11. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    If such shite wasn't being made they couldn't play it! It's entirely their fault.
     
  12. Nigel

    Nigel pfm Member

    Weller is releasing a 7" on the Ghost Box label next month. Limited edition. I hear they are the primary label for all things hauntology, folklore, and rural strange.

     
  13. rod ayling

    rod ayling pfm Member

    I like All Mod Cons and Sound Affects best.

    Love those ballads English Rose and Fly.

    Sound Affects had some great 60s sounding beat stuff with Gang of Four rip offs. That cutting electric sound.

    Man in the corner shop is a gem.

    Have to admire Weller for killing off the Jam and trying something new. His accoutant probably thought it not wise.
     

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