The Jam - A-Bomb In Oxford Street  [Bootleg]
As you will be aware, if you ever actually read this shit, I was otherwise engaged yesterday and a friend guested here for the day: Mell.
This resulted in some crap Travis album being posted. Hehe sorry Mell but there's no accounting for taste(or lack of it right).
So for today we have another rarity.
A great band. Some of their tunes get right to the grime and grease of reality. They tell a story of the streets and life as it was - and still is! - in parts of Britain that are crisp, clear and right to the point. Down in the tube station at Midnight still makes me shiver when I listen to it. I just love the way the story unfolds and the brutality he tells in what could very easily be a true story retold. Going Underground is the song that means that everyone, wherever they hail from, has heard The Jam.
They might not realise it but when you mention that track, they always know it. I like it. I did a reggae version of it once when I was messing around with the chords one day and I have to say it suited that beat well. Maybe I'll do it properly and upload it here one day so you can take the piss out of me for a change.
The tracks on this one are mostly unknown to you if you are not a Jam fan but I must say don't let that put you off. They were a highly talented band and LIVE, they really pull it off.
This doesn't contain the two tracks I just went on about!(I know what you're thinking-why mention them then? Well it was to give you some background on the band in general idiot!).
It does however contain some fine cuts including a rare performance of a brilliant track 'This is The Modern World' performed Live at the 100 club and at Maida Vale Studios. Also 'In The City' in the same studio, sounds perfect.
The Cd is a mix of stuff. Some tracks are from a(very well done) Audience recording at 'The 100 club in 1977, some tracks from Maida Vale Studios and the rest are from Elstree Studios.
All from 1977.
All definitely worth a listen and if you are a fan, worthy of your collection.
Incase anyone hasn't heard of The Jam. They are so called Mod band but just think punk and you're getting there. Electric guitars, feedback yet well structured songs with blues influences and a great lead vocal. Some wicked drumming going on usually too. Check them out.
Paul Weller...hmm bit of a prick if you ask me and definitely not deserving of the 'should be knighted' opinion some people have of him. I mean, any time Noel Gallagher is asked about him he almost wants to disappear up Wellers arse he thinks so highly of him! He is talented but he is also boring and formulaic, conventional and just a bit of an irrittating twat so I can't say I have much time for him with his solo stuff in recent years.
Wildwood? Fuck off!
The Jam however, live on..
Enjoy this one.
Details of the Cd can be found here:
Like I said, enjoy it.
If you don't like punk. Don't bother with this one. I'll give you something more tuneful tomorrow.