What memories come back to you when you hear the music of The Jam?
For me, the music brigs back memories that are a powerful mixture of admiration and angst – fascination and frustration!
I was blown away by the power and energy of their music and Paul Weller’s songwriting and especially his lyrics.
I was also frustrated that I could never be as cool as Paul – his clothes, his haircut, and his general image.
I played in uni bands trying to get UK indie look.
But I was too ethnic-looking – I looked more like De Niro in his Rupert Pupkin era.
Our band was in Australia – but there were lots of impressionable Jam fans here too.
There was even a bit of a Mod revival scene – with “Mods” trying to look cool but sweating so much in their Parkas in hot Australia.
You could only wear your parkas comfortably in “winter” – which in Queensland lasted about a week 🙂
I wasn’t cool enough to be a Neo-Mod – but I’ve always liked the Mod music and design – and I still do.
I still love wearing my Parka! and my Jam shirt – even in my “responsible dad” years.
What about you? Are you still proud to be a Jam fan?
When I listen to the Jam, it brings back memories of my mates spray-painting the The Jam all around the place.
I was happy for but envious of a mate who got a beautiful shiny Rickenbaker – that looked just like the type Weller played.
Oh, how I wanted a guitar like that!
Can you relate?
Actually, both Paul Weller and bass player Bruce Foxton had “matching” Ricks! They looked so cool!
I also remember my mate searching through so many Op shops looking for Jam-like striped jackets.
You can be a bit obsessive when you’re young!
This week I’ve been reading and enjoying the book The Modfather – My Life with Paul Weller about a young UK fan’s obsession with The Jam and Paul Weller.
If you’re a Jam and Paul Weller fan – you’ll dig it – it’s a fun read.
I’ve been listening to lots of Jam music too – and appreciating just how good Weller’s lyrics were. I appreciatehis brilliance now being older.
I now work as a writing coach and trainer.
If you’re interested in Weller’s lyrics – his songs inspired these posts.
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