The Society of Cool!
I was lucky enough to see The Jam "live " on many occasions, I am 53 now so I was " in my prime when the Jam were in theirs ", ( if you know what I mean).
I saw FTJ about 4 years ago at the forum, Kentish town and they were okay. I did see The Jamm play the Horn in St.Albans in the same year. They were a 3 piece then, and were very very good. Maybe it had something to do with venue being so small, but I think they were better then FTJ. They are now a 4 piece, and I saw them at the same venue about a year ago and they were not so good.
I would say FTJ are definitely worth seeing, particularly for those who never saw The Jam.
I Played with them last year with my band at a festival, they used our dressing room to run through a few songs before their set, we were on before them, then the Beat, then Geno, great great night.
Nice one Paul.
The Beat and Geno, two good acts. What is the name of your band ?
The SOUL MACHINE
Only 53? ;p
Go see The Spitfires instead, best young band around, why go and see people pretending to be someone else when you can see bright young talent? http://www.thespitfires.org/#/about/4569580215
So who is Bruce Foxton pretending to be Ross? He was one third of the Jam therefore he is "from" them. He is writing and releasing new songs and playing to full houses. Of course we should all support young bands. But please show respect and give credit where it is due.
Obviously i'm not talking about Bruce, but the lead singer, i really don't get it at all. I'm loving the new Bruce album so why does he need to tour with a guy singing Paul's songs when he can do fantastic stuff of his own? Like i say there is so many new young bands out there doing superb things, why bother going to see FTJ?
Its the music that still matters. Weller on radio 4 today discussing the Gift now 30 year old.
I dont think there is anything hard to get. Ive seen FTJ a few times. Its great songs played by professional, quality, time served musicians. Some of the songs were written by Foxton himself, whilst many of the others he had a big part in bringing to life, Its about entertainment and giving the people what they want, and still being credible. Russell Hastings is a good singer and guitarist and of course his voice had to fit the songs. Im sure the band will be playing a lot of the songs from "Back in The Room" at present gigs. And in fact at the shows ive been to there have always been at least a couple.
I love to see new young bands. As long as they are pushing originality and their own songs. And not just turning out generic pop, they'll get my full support. I'll follow the Spitfires progress with interest.
Only 53.............Wait for Margate pal, you won't stop me from moving !!!
Burning the Boards Margate style then Dicky :)