Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:25
It is easy to dismiss Weller’s final and rejected album for Polydor, Modernism: A New Decade. Recorded in 1989 and finally released in 1998, but by then the moment had gone. Modernism certainly witnessed a huge change in musical direction for Weller, the usual Soul, Pop, Funk and Jazz sound of The Style Council had been replaced by House Music,
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 20:40
In the music business, once you hit 30 you are considered over the hill, and this still applies in the 21st century. As far as middle-aged artists go, very few make an impact on the current generation, with most inclined to live off their back catalogue. They tour the world, coining it in with merchandising sales, and endless re-issues, and deluxe packaging of their greatest hits.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:30
These were the last words Paul Weller penned on The Jam's final album "Dig the New Breed", and I fondly recall where I read them for the first time. It was the 8th December 1982 (coincidentally the second anniversary of John Lennon's murder) late afternoon, and I was sitting in a Wimpy bar in the centre of Birmingham with my brother and his girlfriend, killing time whilst waiting for the doors to open to see The Jam at Bingley Hall.
Friday, 17 August 2012 15:41
ZANI Media are proud to present, in conjunction with Stuart Deabill and Ian "Snowy" Snowball – authors, Thick As Thieves - Personal Situations With The Jam. A short but informative documentary on "The Best Fuckin Band in The World ...The Jam".... As fans, and those who worked with The Jam, like Dennis Munday and Bill Smith, tell us about their passion and experiences with the band.
Sunday, 05 February 2012 12:20
The record business has changed dramatically over the last two decades. There are now four large conglomerates, who control over 80% of the output of music in the world. Sales have plummeted, the industry is losing about 5% per annum and given that the current economic crisis will last for another ten years, will they be able to turn this around? And more importantly, will the record industry survive?
Monday, 16 January 2012 17:46
The bass is the beat, the groove and a musical line that transfixes the listener. The bass gives the song power and attitude. The bass player has to be able to listen to a guitarist strum a few bare chords, go away and add a strong substance to half-baked song.
Monday, 16 January 2012 17:32
That pent-up anger released in a majestic and magnificent manner via the six string. The guitarist has to be one of the most exciting and visual aspects of any band. Pulsating with passion, fuelled with anger and playing with pride. That is a definite criteria for Zanis. The guitar hero is the archetypal angry young man (or woman.); we love them and they fill our hearts with fire.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:27
My reputation for what it’s worth is having worked with The Jam, The Style Council, and Paul Weller. I was 29 and had been working at Polydor for 5 years, before this I worked at the original HMV store at 363 Oxford Street, now sadly gone. Although I knew a lot about ‘Pop’ music, HMV hired me because I was knowledgeable about jazz music.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:13
A Paris match - Away days with The Jam
The day started normally enough, with a small posse of scooters and a few cars parked outside my house in Forest Gate. Ready for a jolly boys outing to Paris to see The Jam. As we bowled up the road, we talked of pills, the French skinheads and our previous trip to France.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:59
ZANI spoke to Steve just ahead of his preparations for his Isle of Wight appearance with Chris Farlowe over the August Bank Holiday Weekend - we covered a lot of ground and got his thoughts on all things Modernist, Then and Now, Personal Inspirations, Style and Shades and his forthcoming album “10 Commitments”…