Fuelling the nostalgia there’s some great 30 year reading to accompany the listening, including an Uncut special edition The Changing Man – The Complete Story, a feature article on The Jam in Mojo, the wonderful Thick as Thieves – Personal Situations with The Jam which I can’t recommend enough and some fantastic original writing, thoughts and commentary in All Mod Icons – again a highly recommended for any fan or indeed music aficionado.
Hard for me to believe or acknowledge but it was thirty years ago today 26th November 1982 that arguably the last great British singles band The Jam bowed out with their fourth No.1 and final single release Beat Surrender, so this week will be given over to a some indulgence and more than a little nostalgia.
Rock me gently and send me dreaming of something tender, I was brought here to pay homage to the Beat Surrender
The track edged out A Solid Bond in Your Heart as the band’s final single with Solid Bond later becoming a hit in 83 for Paul Weller’s ‘new’ band The Style Council – before The Jam’s version eventually surfaced on the excellent Extras in 1992 though Beat Surrender never appeared on any of The Jam’s six studio albums up to ’82 it was released in the US on a five-track EP which managed to get to #71 on the Billboard chart, before turning up again as the title track on a compilation released by Polydor imprint Spectrum Music in ’93, there were plans to release a Beat Surrender album by Polydor in the US though it never saw the light of day – Cpt. Stax tells the story.
Beat Surrender is not my favourite Jam song, or indeed my favourite Jam single, in truth the track was not one of Weller’s better pieces of writing but the song means a lot to me personally and topped the charts at a pivotal point of my youth, I had a few titles in mind when I was thinking about writing a music blog but none of the others fitted as well – so Beat Surrender it was. Most music fans grow up with a band, an artist or performer who stands out above the the rest, one that holds a whole load of memories, associations and in some cases obsessions – The Jam were mine.
Beat Surrender was previewed live on the first ever episode of Channel 4’s The Tube on November 5th ’82, nostalgia trip
It’s that time again, a new release from the erstwhile Mr Weller coming of the back of 22 Dreams and Wake Up the Nation it has a lot to live up too, the reviews I’ve read so far all veer to the positive although given Weller position place in UK rock royalty it’s no surprise, personally I’m liking what I’ve heard so far and can’t wait to get my hands on the CD/DVD hopefully tomorrow if all goes to plan.
Part 1 Paul Weller Live Maida Vale BBC Radio 6 Music 2012