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gmsingh123
Posted: Feb 08, 2018 14:19
 

I can't think of a reason to give this song anything but a 10.
justin4kick
(The Netherlands)
Posted: Oct 26, 2017 14:00
 

 
 justin4kick wrote:
I saw Paul Weller last week in Amsterdam. A great concert but unfortunately he played only 1 song by The Jam.

  
poetdancer wrote:

Paul Weller is playing in Berkeley in October, and I was planning on going, hoping he'd play more than one song by the Jam... now I'm reconsidering.

  
I must make myself clear on this one. Go there! You'll be amazed how great his Post Jam work is, especially live.
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Oct 13, 2017 13:42
 

 hayduke2 wrote:
in nymag.com there's a great series of photos by Janette Beckman, which includes
Paul Weller and Pete Townshend in London, 1980

"Paul Weller always loved Pete Townshend, who was like the first-coming of the mods. This was the first time they met. They're standing outside the The Marquee Club, where The Jam and The Who probably both played. The headline was 'The Punk and the Mod-father.' Old mod meets new mod."

oh yeah, and a super shot of young Adam Ant!!!
Paul Weller and Pete Townshend in London, 1980

 
Extra wicked musicians  : )
kcar
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 0:55
 

 Sam_Chucklestone wrote:
Ditto DaidyBoy, it was the Moss Side riots in Manchester for me about ten years earlier. To see the streets covered in broken bricks and paving slabs next morning was so strange, like a burst pressure cooker.

Notice how the 2011 riots are never spoken about? No enquiry or investigation, just more riot training and kit for the Police. The next round of riots will be even more destructive, the pressure people are under now is far higher and many quite literally have nothing to lose anymore.

This is a great song that has a similar effect on me as on Scottish Willie ...  except I'm still common ;-)

 

For those of us who weren't tuned into those 2011 riots: what was going on? Was there any one reason for them or was it a free-for-all when people realized they could get away with mayhem? American TV news depicted the unrest as kids skylarking and destroying just for the fun of it...
Segue
(Almost Paradise)
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 0:47
 

 poetdancer wrote:

Paul Weller is playing in Berkeley in October, and I was planning on going, hoping he'd play more than one song by the Jam... now I'm reconsidering.

 


11.

His work since is great too.
poetdancer
(Northern California)
Posted: Jul 13, 2017 16:24
 

 justin4kick wrote:
I saw Paul Weller last week in Amsterdam. A great concert but unfortunately he played only 1 song by The Jam.

 
Paul Weller is playing in Berkeley in October, and I was planning on going, hoping he'd play more than one song by the Jam... now I'm reconsidering.
justin4kick
(The Netherlands)
Posted: Jun 13, 2017 2:00
 

I saw Paul Weller last week in Amsterdam. A great concert but unfortunately he played only 1 song by The Jam.
nomnol
(Grafton ON)
Posted: Mar 14, 2017 10:46
 

 ScottishWillie wrote:

Have you actually listened to the lyrics? The sense of isolation and despair spoke to a generation of us who missed out (and paid for) the Yuppie prosperity boom in Thatcher’s Briton.

Days of speed and slow-time Mondays
Pissing down with rain on a boring Wednesday
Watching the news and not eating your tea
A freezing cold flat with damp on the walls

Waking up at 6 A.M. on a cool warm morning
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol
An amateur band rehearsing in a nearby yard
Watching the telly and thinking 'bout your holidays

Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume
A hot summer's day and sticky black tarmac
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away

Two lovers kissing masks a scream of midnight
Two lovers missing the tranquility of solitude
Getting a cab and travelling on buses
Reading the grafitti about slashed-seat affairs

I say that's entertainment
That's entertainment

They so accurately depict a time and a place in my life. I was that man.

You may not have the wit or the life experience to ‘get it’ but my generation certainly did. I enjoy this song as a piece of music but also as a social comment. It is good for the now middle age and middle class person I’ve become to remember what its like for people currently in the “freezing cold flat with damp on the walls”.

Thanks Willie. I am enlightened. I had never thought to read the lyrics. I just liked the song. I won't hear it the same way again.

 


DaidyBoy
(Bristol, UK)
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 0:20
 

 ScottishWillie wrote:

....

They so accurately depict a time and a place in my life. I was that man.

You may not have the wit or the life experience to ‘get it’ but my generation certainly did. I enjoy this song as a piece of music but also as a social comment. It is good for the now middle age and middle class person I’ve become to remember what its like for people currently in the “freezing cold flat with damp on the walls”.



 
Well said, friend.  We watched (or experienced) the carnage first hand.  Many didn't survive it intact.

I was a student in Trafalgar Square when the Poll Tax riot kicked off.  That's entertainment, all right.
Segue
(Almost Paradise)
Posted: Nov 10, 2016 20:15
 

WHOO HOO!!!{#Dancingbanana_2}
ScottishWillie
(The Scottish Lowlands)
Posted: Jul 08, 2016 4:10
 

 dragon1952 wrote:
I just can't see anyone actually looking forward to  hearing this "song". That's entertainment, that's entertainment now...blah, blah, fucking blah over and over. Some people are easily "entertained"
 

Have you actually listened to the lyrics? The sense of isolation and despair spoke to a generation of us who missed out (and paid for) the Yuppie prosperity boom in Thatcher’s Briton.

Days of speed and slow-time Mondays
Pissing down with rain on a boring Wednesday
Watching the news and not eating your tea
A freezing cold flat with damp on the walls

Waking up at 6 A.M. on a cool warm morning
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol
An amateur band rehearsing in a nearby yard
Watching the telly and thinking 'bout your holidays

Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume
A hot summer's day and sticky black tarmac
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away

Two lovers kissing masks a scream of midnight
Two lovers missing the tranquility of solitude
Getting a cab and travelling on buses
Reading the grafitti about slashed-seat affairs

I say that's entertainment
That's entertainment

They so accurately depict a time and a place in my life. I was that man.

You may not have the wit or the life experience to ‘get it’ but my generation certainly did. I enjoy this song as a piece of music but also as a social comment. It is good for the now middle age and middle class person I’ve become to remember what its like for people currently in the “freezing cold flat with damp on the walls”.


govna
(beantown)
Posted: Mar 02, 2016 9:39
 

Das...intertainmunt.
VH1
(near Alpha Centauri, then the next left!)
Posted: Mar 02, 2016 9:37
 

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bev
(Reno, NV)
Posted: Mar 02, 2016 9:36
 

Whoa, just totally MADE my day; where else would I ever hear this streaming while at work on a random and otherwise dull Wednesday...so so good.
oppositelock
(On the road)
Posted: Jan 26, 2016 12:11
 

Play the live version from Dig the New Breed.

 
Foot
(NorCal / Wine)
Posted: Jun 25, 2015 11:20
 

 Emwolb wrote:
Good song but I prefer Morrissey's version
 
Or the acoustic version w/ 1 of the Oasis Gallagher brothers: all 10's
kcar
Posted: Mar 26, 2015 20:49
 

 hayduke2 wrote:
in nymag.com there's a great series of photos by Janette Beckman, which includes
Paul Weller and Pete Townshend in London, 1980

"Paul Weller always loved Pete Townshend, who was like the first-coming of the mods. This was the first time they met. They're standing outside the The Marquee Club, where The Jam and The Who probably both played. The headline was 'The Punk and the Mod-father.' Old mod meets new mod."

oh yeah, and a super shot of young Adam Ant!!!

Paul Weller and Pete Townshend in London, 1980

 
Brilliant photo. 

The notion of Townsend as the first mod rocker seems so at odds with "Tommy", but AFAIK Weller knew what he was talking about. Paul's gone through some serious stylistic changes of his own, but I love this song. 

Adam Ant—wow, talk about a trip down memory lane.  
fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 6:05
 

 dragon1952 wrote:
I just can't see anyone actually looking forward to  hearing this "song". That's entertainment, that's entertainment now...blah, blah, fucking blah over and over. Some people are easily "entertained"

 
Maybe to you 'irony' is something a blacksmith does...
dragon1952
(Oregon coast)
Posted: Feb 18, 2015 19:57
 

I just can't see anyone actually looking forward to  hearing this "song". That's entertainment, that's entertainment now...blah, blah, fucking blah over and over. Some people are easily "entertained"
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Feb 18, 2015 19:54
 

 DaidyBoy wrote:
Always loved  Bruce Foxton's bass work for The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers, but he never gets mentioned.  Cheers, mate!!  Rattled my windows many times.

 
Indeed, the bass and acoustic guitars carry the time on this one. Indeed convincing Foxton to switch to bass was one of Weller's shrewder ideas.