Okay one more post and I’ll give up on the lists.
Here are some great books (music related) that have stimulated , fascinated and educated in 2012.
More from thirty years ago……….
The Jam – Trans Global
March 21, 1982, Bingley Hall, Birmingham, UK
01. Strange Town
03. Town Called Malice
04. Happy Together
05. Boy About Town
07. 5`o Clock Hero
08. That’s Entertainment
09. Tales From The Riverbank
11. Running On The Spot
12. Move On Up
13. In The Crowd
14. Private Hell
15. Pretty Green
16. Trans Global Express
17. The Gift
19. Pity Poor Alfie
21. Funeral Pyre
22. Butterfly Collector
23. When You’re Young
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
Well I couldn’t ignore Beat Surrender could I, the four piece a rock n roll outfit out of Boston MA started out as a tribute band to their favourite music blog ……………..okay maybe not the whole truth, but we both share a love of The Jam’s music which means they’re guaranteed a shout out and besides that their debut EP is more than worthy of a plug anyway.
The band are Stephen Bailey – vocals and guitar, Ian Laczynski – lead guitar and vocals, Dana Cataldo – bass and John “Caffers” McCaffrey – percussion, join them at Facebook
The guys are working on material for a full length release, in the interim you can download their EP from Bandcamp for free, my favourite track the quiet one.