We get press releases on a continual basis here at ‘loper HQ, but not every press release is touting something that cuts us to our very souls.
Here’s one that does:
Rock legends From The Jam are putting the final touches on their soon-to-be-released live DVD. The two-disc set will feature their blow-out performance at London’s Kentish Town Forum as well as in-depth interviews with each of the band members. The release date is TBD, but in the meantime here is a fun sneak preview of the band performing their hit song “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight”
Not “The Jam.” But “From The Jam.” Rick Buckler & Bruce Foxton? Yes. Paul Weller? Not so much. He went away from The Jam in 1982, never to return.
I realize that this type of shit happens all of the time, and will happen forever, but The Jam play a special part in ‘Loper history. In the early 1980s, loving The Jam — especially if you didn’t identify as a Mod — wasn’t as commonplace as it is today, so an essential part of the glue that brought us together at KFSR was the realization that long before we’d ever met, we’d all seen The Jam in concert.
It’s the little things, ya know?
Look, look, look . . . Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton were without a doubt an essential part of what made The Jam so awesomee in the first place. Just check out “Going Underground” or “Funeral Pyre” or “Town Called Malice.” The Jam were a great, great band. Weller wrote some amazing songs, sure, but all three of them were responsible for that sound. Hell, you can see that by comparing their 5-year catalog to everything Weller has done since.
But that “all three of them” works both ways. Even if you replace Paul Weller with two guys, it ain’t going to be the same. That said, I really don’t have a problem with Buckler & Foxton making a few bucks from The Jam’s memory by going on the road and playing gigs to aging geezers desperate to recapture their faded Mod glory. They’re essentially a glorified tribute band, nothing wrong with that, even if it’s not my cup of tea.
It’s another thing entirely to release a live CD and DVD of the spectacle.
Who is going to buy it? With plenty of in-print offerings from the real The Jam, who is going to buy anything from the From The Jam? It just seems so unnecessary.
I think that it comes down to this: since the real The Jam isn’t performing, it’s fine for a tribute band to go out there and play those songs. Yay! However, it ain’t so good for that same tribute band to be competing against the real band in terms of selling product.
That’s just my opinion, but then again, maybe I know nothing of the modern world.