what was your home town, ole? i would love to have seen them during 'modern world', but i was too young. i think that album is easily their most underrated.
St Andrews. And to make things worse, my mum worked in the café in the students’ union, which was the local venue, and she used to get me tickets free of charge – I saw lots of bands there in my early teens, but sadly not the Jam.
I would be lying if I said Moderrn World is one of my favourite Jam albums but I’ve definitely welcomed it back into the fold! Standards was always the stand-out track but most of the others have grown on me too.
(Iberian interest alert.) Photos of this place seem to be disappearing fast so here’s the only one I can find of the fondly-remembered Jam Bar in Chueca, Madrid in about 1992. The window kept getting smashed in by greasers and in the photo the artwork has been ineptly restored but it was originally in the style of the lettering from In the City. It was a favourite haunt of mine – good air conditioning, all the sunflower and pumpkin seeds I could eat, and one of the chicas who worked there went out with a friend of mine so the beer was often free. And they never played Heroes del Silencio, so it was like a sanctuary:
Tension already there with Buckler, Heatwave was a bad choice for an excellent album, don't know why he'd waste an opportunity on a national show with it. The sullen-ness is consistent with his appearances on Tom Snyder, and appearances on a Chicago and Houston(?) morning shows. It probably worked in the UK as everyone understood/cared about the context, the US didn't. He would have been better off showing some enthusiasm for the Spinners than making us live his 2nd/3rd hand discoveries with the Style Council.