The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks 40 years ago (28th October 1977 to be exact), Never Mind The Bollocks was originally released.  It was and is, one of the most influential albums of all-time; and a true classic album in every sense of the word.

Between the Spring of 1976 and the end of 1977 The Sex Pistols changed rock n roll, music, and with the help of Jamie Reid and Vivienne Westwood, fashion and design forever.

Malcolm McLaren and graphic artist Jamie Reid were influenced by the Anarcho-Situationist movement in the 1960s, blurring art with politics. McLaren had previously unsuccessfully managed glam rock proto-punk band, the New York Dolls.  Returning to London he was able to learn from the experience and recycle some of the ideas for The Sex Pistols. Steve Jones also took a lead from the New York Dolls by aping Johnny Thunders every rock guitar stance; and with young clothes designer Vivienne Westwood and a Kings Road shop that attracted young outsiders from all over London and beyond, a scene began to blossom.

Anarchy In The UK was The Sex Pistols’ debut single released on 26 November 1976. But it was a week later when they appeared as a last minute replacement for record label buddies Queen on ITV’s 6pm Today Show that their meteoric rise to fame began.  Even before releasing the mighty singles Pretty Vacant and the crowning glory of God Save The Queen amidst the Queen’s Jubilee that shocked and excited young and old in equal measures, did they find themselves on top of the world. In fact, for everything that has followed, it’s quite easy to forget just how shocked, scared and horrified people were of them, and just how exciting it was to see The Sex Pistols perform on Top Of The Pops amongst the Bee Gees, Leo Sayer, David soul and Rod Stewart in spandex leggings!

A group of spotty, rude working class kids took on everything and everyone that was stale and moribund; and in the process changed the world.

The album cover was provocative. Not only was the use of the word ‘bollocks’ deemed too offensive for shop window promotional displays, the track list wasn’t so much written as produced in the style of a kidnappers’ ransom note. The design was perfect, as was the loud and abrasively powerful, solid production by Chris Thomas.

Times have changed.  Music, fashion and politics have moved on.  The Sex Pistols and Never Mind The Bollocks are no longer threatening, shocking or particularly offensive.  But their only studio album still sounds as powerful today as it did 40 years ago.  That is the sign of a true classic album; and in my opinion, Never Mind The Bollocks  is one of the best debut albums of all-time.  The Sex Pistols didn’t start punk.  They were the final rock n roll encore.

This latest edition of Never Mind The Bollocks includes the 2012 digitally re-mastered original studio album on Disc 1.  While Disc 2 is a compilation of 1977 b-sides, demos and studio out-takes recorded with Dave Goodman and Chris Thomas.

Disc 3 includes 2 live shows from Trondheim, StudentersamfuNdet in Norway and Happy House in Stockholm, Sweden. While the performances aren’t note perfect, they distil the myth that Johnny Rotten couldn’t sing in tune and the Sex Pistols couldn’t play a note.  Apart from Sid Vicious, that is!

Disc 4 is a DVD featuring 1977 footage of the band playing live from the infamous boat party held on the River Thames, the Winter Gardens, Penzance in Cornwall and the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden show.  The box set comes with a 48-page hardback book with narrative from music journalist Pat Gilbert plus rare photos from Bob Gruen, Barry Plummer, John Tiberi and Dave Wainwright.

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) will be released in various formats including 4 Disc box set on 1st December.

Disc 1 – Never Mind The Bollocks

1. Holidays In The Sun
2. Bodies
3. No Feelings
4. Liar
5. God Save The Queen
6. Problems
7. Seventeen
8. Anarchy In The UK
9. Submission
10. Pretty Vacant
11. New York
12. EMI

Disc 2 – Studio Rarities / Dave Goodman Demos / Chris Thomas Demos & Outtakes

Studio Rarities & B Sides:
1. No Feeling (B side of withdrawn God Save The Queen On A&M Records)
2. Did You No Wrong (B side of God Save The Queen)
3. No Fun (B side of Pretty Vacant)
4. Satellite (B side of Holidays In The Sun)
Dave Goodman Demos:
5. New York (Demo Version)
6. Unlimited Edition (Demo Version of EMI)
7. Liar (Demo Version)
8. Pretty Vacant (Demo Version)
9. Problems (Demo Version)
10. No Future (Demo Version of God Save The Queen)
Chris Thomas Demos & Outtakes:
11. Did You No Wrong (Alternative Vocal)
12. Seventeen (Alternative Vocal)
13. Satellite (Rough Mix)
14. Submission (Rough Mix)
15. Holidays In The Sun (Rough Mix)
16. EMI (Rough Mix)
17. Seventeen (Rough Mix)
18. Holidays In The Sun (Alternative Mix)
19. Body (Demo Version Of Bodies)
20. Submission (Alternative Mix)
21. Belsen Was A Gas (Demo Version)

Disc 3 – 1977 Live

Trondheim – StudentersamfuNdet – Norway:
1. Anarchy In The UK
2. I Wanna Be Me
3. Seventeen
4. New York
5. EMI
6. No Fun
7. No Feelings
8. Problems
9. God Save The Queen
Happy House – Stockholm – Sweden:
10. Anarchy In The UK
11. I Wanna Be Me
12. Seventeen
13. New York
14. EMI
15. Submission
16. No Feelings
17. Problems
18. God Save The Queen
19. Pretty Vacant
20. No Fun

Disc 4 – DVD 1977 footage

Riverboat Party – River Thames London 1977:
1. Pretty Vacant
2. Anarchy In The UK
3. Problems
Happy House Stockholm – Sweden 1977:
4. Anarchy In The UK
5. I Wanna Be Me
6 Seventeen
7. New York
8. Problems
9. No Fun
Winter Gardens – Penzance – Cornwall – 1977:
10. Problems
11. No Fun
12. Anarchy In The UK
Promo Videos:
13. Good Save The Queen
14. Pretty Vacant
15. Holidays In The Sun
Radio 1 Rock On Interview:
16. John And Sid Interview

The Vietnam War – Soundtrack & Original Score

The Vietnam War - Soundtrack & Original ScoreThe Vietnam War is a new 10-part series currently showing on the BBC and available on the BBC iPlayer. This engrossing, disturbing documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tells the epic story of the Vietnam War includes graphic footage of the war, tape recordings between the various U.S. presidents and their advisors, and first-hand accountants from nearly 80 witnesses including Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Two soundtracks have been released. The Soundtrack is a great collection of accompanying hits from the era. In total, 38 of the 120 songs used in the documentary are collected in what could be seen as nothing more than a great excuse to compile such heavyweights as The Beatles; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Rolling Stones; Bob Dylan; Jimi Hendrix; Buffalo Springfield; Simon & Garfunkel; Janis Joplin; The Temptations; Barry McGuire; The Byrds; Otis Redding; The Animals; Santana; Marvin Gaye; Nina Simone; The Temptations; Booker T. and the M.G.s; Pete Seeger and more. The other release is the Original Score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

“The Vietnam War era produced some of the greatest, most impactful music ever recorded. We are grateful that so many artists from the period wanted to be part of the film and now the soundtrack. We were equally fortunate to have had the tremendous honour to work with Trent and Atticus. Their original score beautifully complements the music from the time. And we are absolutely thrilled that our audiences will now have the chance to own the original score along with some of the best music from the film,” said Ken Burns and Lynn Novick in a joint statement.

The Vietnam War Original Score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross features over 90 minutes of new, original music on 2CD and 3LP. The original score music is poignant, beautiful, chilling, and at times chaotic and dark. As such, it is a perfect accompaniment for a film about the war that couldn’t be won. “This is war. This is what we do” one marine recounts he was told on questioning the barbaric behaviour of his compatriots.

Over the course of several years, Burns, Novick and producer Sarah Botstein shared with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross raw interview footage and scenes from rough cuts of the film, and suggested a range of feelings they hoped the music would evoke — rage, courage, sadness, fear, chaos, loss, love, sacrifice, aggression, loneliness, anxiety. They also provided a collection of sound effects from the era for the composers to work with.

Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe; photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

“The sheer scale of the project combined with the magnitude of the subject matter was initially daunting for us, but the commitment, care and reverence they displayed made the experience deeply satisfying on many levels,” said Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross in a joint statement.

The Vietnam War Original Score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

CD 1

1. Less Likely
2. Four Enclosed Walls
3. The Forever Rain
4. Remnants
5. Other Ways To Get To The Same Place
6. Torn Polaroid
7. Before Dawn
8. What Comes Back
9. Justified Response
10. Counting Ticks

CD 2

1. A World Away
2. The Right Things
3. Passing The Point
4. Strangers In Lockstep
5. Before And After Faith
6. The Same Dream
7. Haunted

The Vietnam War Soundtrack

CD 1

1. A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL – Bob Dylan
2. HELLO VIETNAM – Johnnie Wright
3. IT’S MY LIFE – The Animals
4. EVE OF DESTRUCTION – Barry McGuire
5. TURN! TURN! TURN! (TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON) – The
Byrds
6. MASTERS OF WAR – The Staple Singers
7. MUSTANG SALLY – Wilson Pickett
8. SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN’ – Howlin’ Wolf
9. BACKLASH BLUES – Nina Simone
10. THE SOUND OF SILENCE – Simon & Garfunkel
11. ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS – Bob Dylan
12. AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG – The Temptations
13. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
14. I’M A MAN – The Spencer Davis Group
15. GREEN ONIONS – Booker T and The MG’s
16. STRANGE BREW – Cream
17. WAIST DEEP IN THE BIG MUDDY (Live) – Pete Seeger
18. A WHITER SHADE OF PALE – Procol Harum
19. THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE – Fairport Convention
20. FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH – Buffalo Springfield

CD 2

1. DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALL RIGHT – Bob Dylan
2. PIECE OF MY HEART – Big Brother & The Holding Company
3. MAGIC CARPET RIDE – Steppenwolf
4. THE LETTER – The Box Tops
5. BAD MOON RISING – Creedence Clearwater Revival
6. SOUL SACRIFICE – Santana
7. TELL THE TRUTH – Otis Redding
8. OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE – Merle Haggard
9. THE THRILL IS GONE – B.B. King
10. PSYCHEDELIC SHACK – The Temptations
11. OHIO – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
12. GET TOGETHER – The Youngbloods
13. GIMME SHELTER – The Rolling Stones
14. TAIL DRAGGER – Link Wray
15. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL – Ray Charles
16. WHAT’S GOING ON – Marvin Gaye
17. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER – Simon & Garfunkel
18. LET IT BE – The Beatles

The Fall – Singles 1978-2016 CD Box Set

The Fall - The Singles 1978-2016 7x CD Box set
The Fall – The Singles 1978-2016

So, 50 odd singles and 30 odd albums, over 40 bloody odd years, brings us to this, The Fall – Singles 1978-2016 7x CD Box Set  released by Cherry Red Records.  The first time all of the singles and b-sides have been gathered together, re-mastered and nicely compiled with an illustrated book, just in time for Christmas.  Where do you start with that lot?

Every Fall fan has their favourite period.  For me it’s the drunken chaos years of the late 90s, when they’d fallen so low they had to sell their CDs from the merchandise table.  For others it’ll be the initial fire-and-brimstone-and-speed burst of Bingo Master’s Breakout and Rowche Rumble or the glorious and commanding majesty of the Grotesque, Slates, Hex Enduction Hour albums.  Maybe the Brix-almost-pop-star years of C.R.E.E.P and Cruiser’s  Creek or the Fontana-and-brandy years of Extricate, Shiftwork and Code Selfish.  Quite possibly, the beats-and-ecstasy triumph of the Infotainment Scan or the hangover years, from the brilliant Cerebral Caustic onwards where it all very nearly came apart, or the resurgence of the blinding Touch Sensitive and Theme From Sparta F.C. singles…..or maybe the recent period of relative stability with the current line-up….whatever, it’s a cracking story that’s still unfolding (fingers crossed Mark E Smith comes through his current illness to pull it out the bag, again).

I came to The Fall late….I’d asked for their 2nd album Dragnet as a Christmas present in 1979 but, for an 11 year old, up against London Calling and my brother’s Setting Sons and One Step Beyond, it didn’t stand a chance… far too spikey, far too strange.  It got the odd spin, but it wasn’t something you talked about to your mates (some things don’t change).  But it stayed with me.  I knew there was something there for me. I kept half an eye on them, and then in 2004, I spent a few months on a job that just needed me to get my head down and switch off. I needed something specific to listen to. I popped into the HMV round the corner and, after browsing a fair while, picked up 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong – a double CD of stuff picking through the singles and notables in chronological order.  It was good…weird but good.  I listened again and again for days and days on my CD walkman. I kept coming back for more, trying to find the key to the way in, until….midway through Crop Dust (a sludgy relentless pounding from 2002’s sublime Are You Are Missing Winner), wallop!….the door burst wide open and it was suddenly blindingly obvious that this was a work of towering fucking genius!

So started seven or eight years of joyful obsession.  I didn’t listen to anything else.  I didn’t need to.  There was so much of this stuff and, anyway, everything else sounded unnecessary.  It just wasn’t worth my time.  I’m out of it now, sadly.  You can’t maintain that level of beautifully fierce devotion indefinitely.  But I still bloody love ’em.  I still buy everything the day it comes out, I still adore it, and I think I always will.  But I don’t pin strangers to the walls of pubs anymore, explaining exactly why Hex Enduction Hour is the greatest achievement in recorded history (‘because it just is!’).

But what about the box set? Is it worth having? Well, that’s a difficult one.  It’s thrilling stuff from beginning to end; and for Fall fans, it’s great to have it all on one collection for the first time.  So yes, I heartily recommend you go out and buy it.  But at the same time, those same people are going to have this stuff three times over already (on that note, I was looking forward to seeing Scareball, one of the extended b-sides from 1998’s Masquerade single, get a digital release here, but sadly there’s only room for one b-side per single).

For me, the singles give a patchy view of the real highlights…hats off and raise a glass to Container Drivers, New Face In Hell, The Classical, Eat Y’Self Fitter, No Bulbs, Gross Chapel, The Birmingham School of Business School, M5, Feeling Numb, Cyber Insekt, Blindness, Fall Sound, Auto Chip etc etc.

So if you’re looking for a way in, this probably isn’t the place to start.  Try 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong for that.  Sod it! I’ll even make you a playlist, then you can hunt around for that key to your own way in.  Or kick the door down and demand entrance….it’s a fucking wonderful world. Best of luck!

THE FALL SINGLES 1978-2016 CD BOX SET

DISC ONE – SINGLES

  1. BINGO-MASTER
  2. IT’S THE NEW THING
  3. ROWCHE RUMBLE
  4. FIERY JACK
  5. HOW I WROTE ‘ELASTIC MAN’
  6. TOTALLY WIRED
  7. LIE DREAM OF A CASINO SOUL
  8. LOOK, KNOW
  9. THE MAN WHOSE HEAD EXPANDED
  10. KICKER CONSPIRACY
  11. MARQUIS CHA-CHA
  12. OH! BROTHER
  13. C.R.E.E.P.
  14. DRAYGO’S GUILT
  15. COULDN’T GET AHEAD
  16. CRUISER’S CREEK

DISC TWO – SINGLES

  1. LIVING TOO LATE
  2. MR. PHARMACIST
  3. HEY! LUCIANI
  4. THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE
  5. HIT THE NORTH PART 1
  6. VICTORIA
  7. JERUSALEM
  8. CAB IT UP
  9. TELEPHONE THING
  10. POPCORN DOUBLE FEATURE
  11. WHITE LIGHTNING
  12. HIGH TENSION LINE
  13. FREE RANGE
  14. ED’S BABE
  15. WHY ARE PEOPLE GRUDGEFUL?
  16. BEHIND THE COUNTER
  17. 15 WAYS
  18. THE CHISELERS

DISC THREE – SINGLES

  1. MASQUERADE
  2. TOUCH SENSITIVE
  3. F-‘OLDIN’ MONEY
  4. RUDE (ALL THE TIME)
  5. SUSAN VS YOUTHCLUB
  6. (WE WISH YOU) A PROTEIN CHRISTMAS
  7. THEME FROM SPARTA F.C. #2
  8. DISTILLED MUG ART (MIX 15)
  9. I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW
  10. REFORMATION! (UNCUT)
  11. SLIPPY FLOOR (MARK MIX)
  12. BURY! #2+4
  13. LAPTOP DOG
  14. VICTROLA TIME
  15. SIR WILLIAM WRAY (SINGLE MIX)
  16. THE REMAINDERER
  17. WISE OL MAN

DISC FOUR – B-SIDES

  1. PSYCHO MAFIA
  2. REPETITION
  3. VARIOUS TIMES
  4. IN MY AREA
  5. 2ND DARK AGE
  6. PSYKICK DANCEHALL #2
  7. CITY HOBGOBLINS
  8. PUTTA BLOCK
  9. FANTASTIC LIFE
  10. I’M INTO C.B.
  11. LUDD GANG
  12. WINGS
  13. ROOM TO LIVE
  14. GOD-BOX
  15. O! BROTHER

DISC FIVE – B-SIDES

  1. PAT-TRIP DISPENSER
  2. C.R.E.E.P
  3. CLEAR OFF
  4. NO BULBS
  5. ROLLIN’ DANY
  6. PETTY (THIEF) LOUT
  7. L.A.
  8. VIXEN
  9. HOT AFTERSHAVE BOP
  10. LIVING TOO LONG
  11. LUCIFER OVER LANCASHIRE
  12. AUTO TECH PILOT
  13. ENTITLED
  14. SHOULDER PADS #1B

DISC SIX – B-SIDES

  1. HAF FOUND BORMANN
  2. HIT THE NORTH PART 2
  3. TUFF LIFE BOOOGIE
  4. ACID PRIEST 2088
  5. DEAD BEAT DESCENDANT
  6. BRITISH PEOPLE IN HOT WEATHER
  7. BUTTERFLIES 4 BRAINS
  8. ZANDRA
  9. BLOOD OUTTA STONE
  10. XMAS WITH SIMON
  11. EVERYTHING HURTZ
  12. PUMPKIN HEAD XSCAPES
  13. GLAM RACKET
  14. WAR
  15. HEY! STUDENT
  16. THE $500 BOTTLE OF WINE
  17. CHILINIST
  18. MASQUERADE (PWL MIX)
  19. TOUCH SENSITIVE (DANCE MIX)
  20. ANTIDOTE

DISC SEVEN – B-SIDES

  1. PERFECT DAY (NEW VERSION)
  2. I WAKE UP IN THE CITY
  3. JANET VS JOHNNY
  4. (WE ARE) MOD MOCK GOTH
  5. MY EX CLASSMATE’S KIDS (LIVE)
  6. I WAKE UP IN THE CITY (MIX 5)
  7. CLASP HANDS
  8. OVER OVER (ROUGH MIX)
  9. HOT CAKE – PART 2
  10. COWBOY GREGORI
  11. COSMOS 7
  12. MONOCARD (LUNATIC MIX)
  13. TAKING OFF (LIVE)
  14. JETPLANE
  15. HITTITE MAN (SINGLE MIX)
  16. AMORATOR!
  17. ALL LEAVE CANCELLED

The Fall – Singles 1978-2016 7x CD Box Set is due to be released on 24th November on Cherry Red.  All seven discs have been re-mastered by Fall engineer Andy Pearce and come with a newly designed book in a box.

Also available as an edited 3-CD set (CDTRED 700) which features all of the A-Sides and is released on the same day.

Youth explosion for dads and granddads – The Jam 1977

THE JAM ‘1977’
40th Anniversary Box Set

Includes remastered albums, unreleased demos and live tracks, photos and memorabilia from 1977. Scheduled for release on 20th October.

The Jam 1977
The Jam 1977

The passions of youth cast a long shadow, which helps explain both my excitement about this comprehensive collection of everything the Jam did in 1977, and why there is still a big market out there for anything to do with the Woking wonders.  Of course its not just  nostalgia for the music, which apart from the extras, most will have anyway , Its also the jolting back into life of the old habit of being a collector and completist.  The search for seven inch picture sleeves, limited editions and imports  –  icons and status goods for the smart, semi articulate and hard. For many it all started with the Jam   So yeah, this presses lots of old buttons and many of the Jam dad and granddad brigade will certainly have this on their Christmas lists.

For the initiated its sure to elicit a wistful smile.  The two albums that the Jam released in 1977 and remastered here are great to listen to again.  In the City, the debut, now has that big fat analogue and warm valve warmth that you get with the better remasters – while still retaining the spikiness and abrasiveness that was its original hallmark.  Apart from anything else this shows the songs in a new light.  The teenage Paul Weller who penned the half or dozen or so classics here was already displaying an unerring ability to connect with working class youth in a way that would later land him, much to his intense unease, with the reputation as spokesman for a generation.  But why not? Away from the Numbers is pure working class existential crisis for all the kids who felt like factory fodder, with Weller opining against the purist punk mod surf cool:  ‘I was the type who’d knocked at old men, who together at tables sit and drink beer. Til I realised I was really the same. So this means breaking away from the chain.’ For many like me who’d hardly read a book, this was a wake-up call to self reflection and new ways of thinking.

Paul Weller in punk fanzine, Sniffin' Glue in 1977

Other lyrical themes here (and across the rest of the box set) include the lure of London (In the City, Sounds from the Street), police violence (Time for Truth) and love/friendship (I Got By in Time).  But what recurs most is the sheer brilliance of being young and having something to say.  On In the City, for example, Weller sings that he wants to tell you about the young ideas of the golden faces all under 25.  On All Around the World the guitar break begins with a the boisterous shout ‘youth explosion’. As Paolo Hewitt says in his book The Changing Man, Paul Weller was constantly worrying about age.  He’s quoted as saying ‘all the bands I love made their great records when they were eighteen, nineteen and then they turned shit’.  If he didn’t make his mark by eighteen, he felt he would have to seriously consider packing it in and returning to playing pubs and working mens clubs in Surrey.  In The City single made the top 40 just before he turned 19.  The irony he is that whilst the Jam material is superb, the very best of Paul Weller, in terms of classic timeless songs, comes years later, when he learns to relax a bit.

And indeed, if this obsession with youth helps explain what’s going on here with this young man in a hurry, it also points to its limitations.  However brilliant this might sound there is a limit to how much time you can spend with an opinionated mid 70s teenager.

The Modern World is billed in the press release as the surprise of the package, the slightly unloved Jam album that time has been rather kind to.  There is some truth in this.  The remastering partly addresses some of the earlier justified criticisms that this album sounded like a rush job (putting out two full albums of mostly original material in the same year for Christ’s sake!).  Of course, the rush job accusations were also based on a feeling that some of the songs sounded like outtakes (Don’t Tell Them You’re Sane) b-sides (London Traffic), or frustratingly unfinished ideas (Life From a Window).  But whilst remastering can only go so far, what does stand out to the good, is the sense of musical progression.  The Jam were clearly on a musical journey, Songs such as the Combine and Tonight at Noon, the latter featuring an acoustic guitar and an Adrian Henri poem as lyrics, are a clear move away from the mainstream of punk/new wave towards 1978’s classic All Mod Cons.

Of the extras the In the City demos in particular nicely show off the musical chemistry that clearly existed between Weller, Foxton and Buckler in their early days.  Weller was always the star, but without this added ingredient they’d have been stuck in Woking.  These recordings also show the clear influence of Wilko Johnson on Weller’s guitar style. Writing year’s later one of Weller’s best mates Steve Brookes talked about seeing Dr Feelgood at Guilford Civic Hall in 1975.  Whilst much has been made of the importance to the Jam of seeing the Sex Pistols at the Lyceum, it is in fact this Feelgood’s gig that was far more important in the development of the Jam. Weller, apparently, falling for Wilko instantly.  ‘For anyone who hadn’t seen Wilko’s stage persona’ Brookes wrote, ‘it was like a mod killer zombie on crack. I rated the Feelgoods but Wilko had a really big effect on Paul – the clothes, the hair, the way he moved’. And here is the living proof.

The film clips are worth a special mention too.  The performance of All Around The World from Marc Bolan’s show on children’s TV will always be special for me.  It’s the first time I saw and heard the Jam.  Nothing was ever the same again.

The Jam 1977 tracklisting
Full tracklisting here:

Disc 1 – ‘In The City’ (original album remastered)
1. Art School
2. I’ve Changed My Address
3. Slow Down
4. I Got By In Time
5. Away From The Numbers
6. Batman Theme
7. In The City
8. Sounds From The Street
9. Non-Stop Dancing
10. Time For Truth
11. Takin’ My Love
12. Bricks & Mortar
+ single & B-side extras
13. All Around The World
14. Carnaby Street

Disc 2 – ‘The Polydor Demos: February 1977’
1. Art School (demo) #
2. In The City (demo)
3. I Got By In Time (demo) #
4. I’ve Changed My Address (demo) #
5. Time For Truth (demo)
6. Sounds From The Street (demo)
7. Non Stop Dancing (demo) #
8. Bricks And Mortar (demo) #
9. Takin’ My Love (demo)
10. So Sad About Us (demo)
11. Slowdown (demo) #
# = previously unreleased

Disc 3 – ‘This Is The Modern World’ (original album remastered)
1. The Modern World
2. London Traffic
3. Standards
4. Life From A Window
5. The Combine
6. Don’t Tell Them You’re Sane
7. In The Street Today
8. London Girl
9. I Need You (For Someone)
10. Here Comes The Weekend
11. Tonight At Noon
12. In The Midnight Hour

Disc 4 – ‘Live 1977’
John Peel sessions:
1. In The City
2. Art School
3. I’ve Changed My Address
4. The Modern World

Recorded 26.4.1977 – Transmitted 2.5.1977

5. All Around The World
6. London Girl
7. Bricks & Mortar
8. Carnaby Street

Recorded 19.7.1977 – Transmitted 25.7.1977

Live at the ‘Nashville’ – September 10th 1977 (previously unreleased):
9. Carnaby Street
10. The Modern World
11. Time For Truth
12. So Sad About Us
13. London Girl
14. In the Street Today
15. All Around The World
16. London Traffic
17. Sweet Soul Music
18. Bricks & Mortar
19. In The City
20. Art School
21. In The Midnight Hour
22. Sounds From The Street
23. Slowdown

Disc 5 – DVD
1. In The City (Polydor promo – May 1977)
2. Art School (Polydor promo – May 1977)
3. In The City (Top Of The Pops – Date: 19/05/1977)
4. All Around The World (Top Of The Pops – Date: 18/08/1977)
5. All Around The World (‘Marc’ – Granada TV)
6. The Modern World (Top Of The Pops Top Of The Pops – Date: 03/11/1977)
7. Bricks and Mortar (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)
8. Carnaby Street (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)
9. In The City (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)
10. Slowdown (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)
11. All Around The World (‘So It Goes’ – Granada TV Nov. 20th 1977)

Anja & The Memory People – Horror Pop Sounds

Anja & The Memory People by The Asistent
Anja & The Memory People by The Asistent

This week, Horror Pop Sounds release a limited edition cassette of the original soundtrack to a cult 1970’s Czechoslovakian psychological TV drama, Anja & The Memory People by The Asistent.

The cassette only very limited run of 105 is the first release on the Horror Pop Sounds label, based in north-west England, who state they are “an apocryphal archive of film and TV soundtracks”. The music is interesting, mesmerising, weird, at times dark and disturbing; and years ahead of its time. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to know this was actually recorded in 2016 by a pale-faced geek with a bushy beard and an intense love for all things analogue!

Listen to Anja & The Memory People

Cassettes are still available from Horror Pop Sounds priced £8 each.

Anja & The Memory People cassette only releaseThe Anja & The Memory People cassette comes with an original A3 Czech TV poster unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality digital download in MP3, FLAC and more.