Thursday, November 15, 2007

High points

I saw The Jam quite a few times before they finally split up, but there was one moment in their live set when the whole show came together. The entire audience would be on their toes for the extended outro of Set the House Ablaze (about three-and-a-half minutes into this clip). This video doesn't do justice to my memories of a night at the Granby Hall in Leicester during (I think) the Sound Effects tour. If I could re-live any moment at any gig I've ever been to, it would have been that one.



And - on the subject of The Jam, wasn't Happy Together their most overlooked tune? I think so.



And while we're on the subject of early 1980s high-points, surely there has never been a better pop video than this one?

10 comments:

Will said...

Power is measuered by the pound or the fist.

truefax

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=n8gn5GLqRR0

Will said...

or

I was at this gig

Darren said...

Absolute Beginners has to be the most underrated Jam track, imho.

Paulie said...

I feel a poll coming on.

Let me rephrase that....

Nominations please for Most Underrated Jam Track?

hak mao said...

Tales From the Riverbank

Darren said...

Hak,

Is 'Tales From The Riverbank' considered underrated? You'd have to have cloth ears not to recognise the brilliance of that song.

Ever heard 'We've Only Started'? It's on the Extras album. I'm guessing it's an early demo version of TFTR.

Always had a soft spot for 'It's Too Bad', also.

Paulie said...

'It's Too Bad' - v good, but pure Beatles rip-off.

mikeovswinton said...

Best vid ever? Jack Hazan's for "This is what she's like" by Dexys Midnight Runners, 1985. Available on a free DVD with "Don't stand me down; the Director's Cut" CD. Never shown in full on British TV, I believe. And now I'm off to The Little Nibble, down Bearwood.

Darren said...

Paul,

I thought it was most underrated Jam song, not most original?

If it's the latter, I'll nominate 'Pop Art Poem'.

Paulie said...

No - It's Too Bad is OK. I like it. I was just giving it a one-line review - that's all.

I've now opened the nominations up on a new post on the site. Send people to it, will you?