Recent years have seemed a mix up of the days we thought had gone with austerity and protest and stand offs on the streets,
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Matteo Sedazzari was part-way through his latest social networking drive when we spoke, spreading the word about debut novel A Crafty Cigarette – Tales of a Teenage Mod while getting to grips with the ever-changing world of new media.
ZANI talks to Rick Buckler about his life in the Jam. Subjects covered - the early days of the Jam, the early line-ups, the Sex Pistols (what catalysts they turned out to be), The Jam Suits, the perils of playing a gig in dark glasses, the legendary Jam soundchecks and a Joey Ramone anecdote thrown in.
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“Tomorrow when we meet…..
jarring collisions on hostile street”
(Dave Waller, front endpaper, Notes From Hostile Street, 1979).
The Birth of the Modern Word
In his last year at primary school, Paul Weller enjoyed reading Greek mythology. But then, at Woking’s Sheerwater Secondary Modern School (and despite his attempts across the first two years to, academically-speaking, knuckle-down), Weller developed a hatred of the teachers’ lack of professional compassion for the pupils, and had resigned himself to self-imposed academic failure. Deliberately detaching himself from schooling,
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November 2013 saw Universal Music re-release all of The Jam’s studio albums, on viny In the City May 1977, This Is the Modern World November 1977, All Mod Cons November 1978, Setting Sons November 1979, Sound Affects November 1980 and The Gift March 1982 (originally released on Polydor). Six great albums LPS (if we are going to get nostalgic) that have certainly stood the test of time well. Be it the poignant, yet angst, Away from The Numbers (In The City), the rhythmic paranoid and eerie Scrape Away (Sound Affects), or the power pop ballad Carnation (The Gift).
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“I know I come from Woking and you say I'm a fraud “ The Jam - Sounds From The Street,
Classic lyrics that certainly put Woking and Surrey on the British rock ‘n’ roll map in 1977. Since then The Jam made their stamp on music, the suburban town has always been synonymous with the ‘best fxxking band in the world’.
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.
Anybody who was lucky enough ever to see The Jam live will know that his bellowing introduction to the band - ‘LET’S HEAR FOR THE BEST FUCKING BAND IN THE WORLD – THE JAM!’ was a vital part of the live ritual.