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ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On November 20th, 2020

Because Friday night is Music Night.

Another week done, a week in which Giuliani came to regret picking up the budget hair dye. The world is going to Hell, probably on an electric handcart, but the rugby season starts tonight so I’m alright.

I’ve realised that we’ve never had a selection from one of my favourite albums, that album being Setting Sons by the Jam. A shocking omission, I know. 1979 was such a vintage year. They all were back then in my memory. So it’s a great cover of a great tune by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. It’s so good it’s as good as The Who’s version. This is where Motown and Rock n Roll come together, really.

Have a great weekend, whatever you’re up to. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

34 Responses to “ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX”

  1. Jesus! I was just listening to this when this post came up:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO-3oXkZwPg&ab_channel=TheJamVEVO

    The greatest single the Jam ever released.

  2. The Jam did nothing in the States but they were a great band with real passion and grit in all their songs. Probably too earthily British for Yankee tastes but always good quality.

  3. Weller wrote this when he was seventeen. Imagine a seventeen year old having the depth and gravitas to write this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yeeJ5Oi2MQ&ab_channel=TheJam-Topic

    And this is as close to a perfect love song you’ll ever hear:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH3kj4i2yys&ab_channel=ModRevivalOfficial

    The talented wee bastard.

  4. The “When You’re Young” video is a flashback, and not just because I was a massive Jam fan. I remember everything about those times so well – where I was, my mates, the clothes, the cars. Every summer was hot too. Them’s the rules.

    I heard McFly’s new single today and I was astonished. No, I haven’t gone mad. I knew their name but knew nothing about them. So I assumed they were a manufactured boy band. This single is actually rather catchy, and also an obvious Beatles rip-off –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqvJd2VhqTQ

    What astonished me is that they use actual instruments. I didn’t know bands still did that. I thought it was all synths and Pro Tools now, not real music.

  5. What astonished me is that they use actual instruments

    Yeah, my kids were into them in their teens. Manufactured bubblegum pop/ rock as you say but I did have a sneaking regard for them for the same reasons you mention above.

  6. here ya go, how it should sound

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k0GDQrK2jo&ab_channel=TheOldrecordclub

  7. Motown music is my heart and soul.

  8. Pete

    I had exactly the same reaction as you seeing that “When you’re young” video. The buildings, cars, way the kids are dressed . I woz there !

  9. Colm –

    You must take in more then you ever realise at that age. The Jam were a London band and that’s a very London video. I can’t place it the location of the shoot, but there’s no way that was filmed outside of London. It’s like a time machine.

  10. The Jam were a London band

    From Woking……

    Possibly just made it there, Pete 😉

  11. Pete

    Yes it’s London and the shopping centre is so familiar to me but I can’t remember exactly where it is At that age we went out got a “ Red Bus Rover ” ticket and just went everywhere all day long. I know I was playing about in that shopping centre at that same time, I remember it precisely,

  12. Close enough, Paul. As a band they were London.

    Colm –

    That’s another flashback. A gang of us would get the Red Bus Rover on a Saturday and spend all day up town. Jumping on and off buses, top deck, the conductor whirling round the ticket machine handle, jumpers for goalposts …

    Nailed it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_You%27re_Young_(The_Jam_song)

    The single’s promotional video was filmed in Queens Park, North West London.

  13. While we’re on Setting Sons,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VQkUXq37-0&ab_channel=halolegend5

    Every lost friendship. Jesus, just…..Jesus.

  14. Good detective work Pete. Cant say I’m too familiar with Queen’s Park being a Saaaf Londonaa but I obviously went there more than once as I recall that place so well but I probably didn’t even realise what part of London I was in !

  15. A most enjoyable Friday night Jukebox so far.
    I particularly liked Paul’s Jam classic, ‘When you’re young’, and Patrick’s ‘heat wave’. In my opinion, one of the greatest Motown tracks.

    Here is my contribution. Outside the box as usual, but not too far outside so hopefully you’ll old fogies can still enjoy it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmrfgj0MZI

  16. How good were The Jam? The B-Side to “When You’re Young” was “Smithers Jones”. Most bands have never come close to writing anything as good as that –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zSUyeI1E1Q

  17. Dave

    It’s twenty years old , hardly too new for ‘old fogies’. But yes it’s a classic tune with that unforgettable simple but riveting video.

  18. Bruce Foxton’s finest moment, Pete.

    Dave, I love Unfinished Sympathy. A classic, superlative tune.

    I’ll bet you love this, I know I do:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQsQZvsR_QI&ab_channel=FinnT-120

  19. The “Unfinished Sympathy” video was a single take. No breaks, no editing.

  20. I love one of the comments under the video where someone wrote they were waiting for her to bump into the guy from The Verve 😉

  21. I didn’t realise that was the Setting Sons Smithers Jones string arrangement you linked to Pete. I prefer the single version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFfQRYpq1K0&ab_channel=ModRevivalOfficial

  22. Paul –

    “When You’re Young” was a non-album single. “Smithers Jones” was the B-Side. SJ was re-recorded for Setting Sons. I love both. I love the original but the string arrangement sits so well in Setting Sons because it’s a loud album.

  23. Yes, all is correct and I agree. The only point I make is that my personal preferance is for the single version.

  24. I’ll bet you love this, I know I do:

    Of course I love it mate, it’s one of my favourite tracks to listen to, in the Grand Theft Auto playlist. I know you’re old fogies don’t know what Grand Theft Auto is.

  25. Colm,

    I love one of the comments under the video where someone wrote they were waiting for her to bump into the guy from The Verve 😉

    LOL. After watching this video dozens of times, that same thought occurred to me tonight when watching it again.

  26. Surely I’m not the only grown man who has absolutely no interest whatsoever in computer games?

  27. Dave

    Surely Grand Theft Auto is the game where evil wicked Biden steals Trump’s Presidential Limo 😉

  28. Paul

    No you are not the only one. Tetris is the only one I have ever played and I stopped that about ten years ago.

  29. Paul McMahon,

    Surely I’m not the only grown man who has absolutely no interest whatsoever in computer games?

    I heard a rumour that there’s a guy in Canada who doesn’t like computer games also, but that is probably just an urban legend.

  30. Touché, mate 🙂

  31. Surely I’m not the only grown man who has absolutely no interest whatsoever in computer games?

    You’re not. I’ve never had the slightest interest in them, even when I was young. I find something odd about adults playing computer games.

  32. The Jam were ridiculously good. Obviously Weller is a genius but Bruce Foxton also had a lot to do with it, and he’s still about and playing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO3_Udn3hYA

  33. Pete Moore.

    You’re not. I’ve never had the slightest interest in them, even when I was young. I find something odd about adults playing computer games.

    Why is that then Pete?

    The computer game industry is larger than the music and film industry combined.
    More adults play computer games than children.
    If you’ve never played them you don’t know what you’re missing. If you enjoyed a movie such as goodfellas imagine playing the lead in goodfellas, where you decide the outcome. Modern computer games are an incredible experience.

  34. I hardly ever play computer games, and only Nintendo ones….most recently that Animal Crossing one with that bloody capitalist racoon 🙂

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