The Society of Cool!
Over the weekend I saw a band called The Jam Pact at the fabulous Parkas Bar in Nottingham and found myself singing along and surprising myself that I knew and still remembered all the lyrics. It made me realise and remember what an impact they had on my life when I was young :). I didn't care very much for what the teachers were trying to tell me or teach me at school and my chosen career had little to do with any of the squares that attempted to make me see things their way. it was Paul Wellers lyrics that were the only thing I could relate to. he gave us all hope, we all had the potential to tear down the house of commons in our brand new shoes, we all knew about the private hell many adults were going through, we all knew girls who worked in Tesco's and Woolworths who wore cheap perfume 'cause it was all they could afford! Not one of us was gonna end up like Smithers Jones and we were all ready to f*** up Mr Cleans life!
So what happened to Paul Weller or is it just me. I can hardly remember any lyrics to anything he has done ever since. Maybe the odd lyric in a Style Council song but nothing of The Paul Weller Movement or his solo career! We had songs with lyrics we could relate to. The second generation mods had a punk poet leading them with all the passion of the Who and the Small faces infused into his soul. Then all of a sudden we had "Long Hot Summer" and hundreds of songs and albums about nothing..... or are they?
The Jam Pact at Parkas Bar Nottingham
Agreed they were very good , made the night. Could have been 1980.
From Phil your onstreet photographer !!
Bill in post
now I may be wrong here but most of the songs I can sing along to ( on my own ) have always been music I had on vinyl, it just may be that when I had vinyl I spent a lot more time listening to music at home or maybe at a club, I have always spent a lot of my day surrounded by music and could not think of not having it playing.
Is it that when The Jam finished you just turned off to Weller or his new outlook on life AND MONEY ! I think he was great singer in his time but also became a good businessman.
Right Derek, I think one reason that we knew all the lyrics by heart is that as teenagers we had simply more time to listen to our records,and we played them more exessively because we had LESS records. I know my Jam, Small Faces and Who by heart simply because it was my "starter-kit". But it´s also true that Mr modfather has less to say than at 20. Changing Man and Peacock Suit were great but it´s gone downhill since, imho. But surely with us mod veterans a good meassure of nostalgia is thrown in, too. Saw a great Jam revival band in a London pub in the late nineties, had the time of my life just screaming along. Nothing like Going Underground or Eton Rifles!
PAAAHHH!!!! THIS IS SOOOO DISGUSTING! Hope he shaved his armpits....:-(
News Of The World should have made the charts once more, this year!
News of The World was written by Bruce Foxon.
I know, it just came to my mind, and it´s the Jam anyway.
i bumped into him in london a year or so ago and all he seems to wear is black like that .
although he didnt quite look as bad as in that photo .
his pretty green range of clothes include ,you guessed it ,black tee shirts .
yours for £50 .....yeah right !
as for his music some of his solo stuff has left me nonplussed although i did like the last album .
but an awful lot of the style council was worse .
theres even bad jam work .....this is the modern world ?
Modern World was slated by critics as the difficult 2nd Album, but i thought it was quite good , not as bad as people say, some good songs on it....
Thats right. Tonight At Noon and I Need You are just great, as well as the title song and the Midnight Hour version.
I love "I Need You" brilliant song.