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Blast From The Past – Beat Surrender

 

 

Beat Surrender” was The Jam‘s final single released on 26 November 1982.

It became the band’s fourth #1 UK single for two weeks in December 1982. The 7″ was backed by the B-side “Shopping”.

A double 7″ ( as per sleeve above) and 12″ single version was available with additional studio cover versions of The Chi-Lites‘ “Stoned Out Of My Mind”, Curtis Mayfield‘s classic “Move On Up”, and Edwin Starr‘s “War”.

The song was a turning point for Paul Weller as he left behind his initial mod influences of The Who and Small Faces to adopt the more recognised influences of the modernists Soul and Jazz and as such hinted at the “style” to come with his  next band, The Style Council.

The decision for the Jam’s final single was between “Beat Surrender” and “A Solid Bond In Your Heart”, later a Style Council single in 1983. The Jam’s version of “A Solid Bond In Your Heart” was not released until 1992 on the Extras album, although Rick Buckler, the Jam’s drummer, claimed that the Style Council had pinched his original drum track recording.

“Beat Surrender” was previewed live on the first ever episode on The Tube, a live music show broadcast on Channel 4, on 5 November 1982.

The recording featured future Respond Records artist Tracie who featured in an earlier post click HERE

Come on boy, come on girl
Succumb to the beat surrender

All the things that I care about (are packed into one punch)
All the things that I’m not sure about (are sorted out at once)

And as it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end
That bullshit is bullshit, it just goes by different names

All the things that I shout about (but never act upon)
All the courage and the dreams that I have
(but seem to wait so long)
My doubt is cast aside, watch phonies run to hide
The dignified don’t even enter in the game

And if you feel there’s no passion
No quality sensation
Seize the young determination
Show the fakers you ain’t foolin’
You’ll see me come runnin’
To the sound of your strummin’
Fill my heart with joy and gladness
I’ve lived too long in shadows of sadness

 

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June 21, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Television, The Who, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Father’s Day meets The Old Grey Whistle Test

With it being Father’s Day here in the UK on Sunday I set of this evening bleary eyed to Braehead to do a bit of relevant shopping.

It was only when I set foot in HMV that the concept of time passing hit me straight between the eyes.

It seems like only yesterday I was buying my Dad albums such as “100 Great Church Organ Tunes” or later Shirley Bassey “The Stripper” yet there in front on me on the HMV Father’s Day special display was “Dad’s Rock” 3CD set, “The Old Grey Whistle Test 40th Special Edition” and “New Wave For Dad”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In shock I settled for a book token from Waterstones and returned home and to cheer my self up I downloaded the aforesaid Old Grey Whistle Test CD, 60 tracks for under £10 many of them exclusive live recordings from the show.

So here is an Old Grey Whistle Test special.

From the album and for all cool Dad’s everywhere here is some live music from Tom Waits.

“Small Change” (Live In The Studio) – Tom Waits

To buy the CD click HERE

As a bonus and in celebration of Whispering Bob Harris’s recent OBE award here are some clips from the vaults.

…………….finally perhaps the most famous clip of all.

Coming soon the Old Grey Whistle Test through the ages.

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Releases, Old Music, The Who, Video | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sound Affects

The Jam‘s 1980 album ‘Sound Affects’ is set to be reissued.

This was their fifth studio album and the cover art is a pastiche of the artwork used on various Sound Effects records produced by the BBC during the 1970s.

Musical influences noted include post-punk groups such as Wire, Gang Of Four, and Joy Division and, particularly evident in Rick Buckler‘s drumming, Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall album. Frontman Paul Weller said at the time that he considered the album a cross between Off the Wall and Revolver.

For me this together with “All Mod Cons” was the peak of The Jam’s album related output.

The album features the group’s second UK number one single, “Start!”, built around exact copies of the bassline and guitar solos from The Beatles’ “Taxman”, the lead cut on Revolver.

The opening track “”Pretty Green” includes a funk bassline and rhythm with melodic guitar breaks and psychedelic sound effects.

“That’s Entertainment” originally became a UK Hit Single due to fans of the group buying it on single format as an import.


The album has been remastered and will be re-released on November 1 along with a host of previously unreleased rarities.

As well as the original album it will include a second disc of rarities including covers of songs by The Kinks and The Beatles, as well as a selection of demos.

The tracklisting for the re-release of ‘Sound Affects’ is:

Disc 1:

‘Pretty Green’
‘Monday’
‘But I’m Different Now’
‘Set The House Ablaze’
‘Start!’
‘That’s Entertainment’
‘Dream Time’
‘Man In The Corner Shop’
‘Music For The Last Couple’
‘Boy About Town’
‘Scrape Away’

Disc 2:

‘Start!’ (single version)
‘Liza Radley’ (B-side of ‘Start!’)
‘Dreams Of Children’ (B-side of ‘Going Underground’)
‘That’s Entertainment’ (alternate version from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’ box set)
‘Pretty Green’ (demo with overdubs – previously unreleased)
‘Pop Art Poem’ (Jam fan club flexi-disc, from ‘Extras’)
‘Rain’ (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
‘Boy About Town’ (demo – previously unreleased)
‘Dream Time’ (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
‘Dead End Street’ (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
‘But I’m Different Now’ (demo from ‘Extras’)
‘Scrape Away’ (instrumental version – previously unreleased)
‘Start!’ (demo – previously unreleased)
‘Liza Radley’ (demo from ‘Extras’)
‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ (demo from ‘Extras’)
‘Monday’ (alternate version – previously unreleased)
‘Get Yourself Together’ (from ‘Extras’)
‘Set The House Ablaze’ (alternate ‘dub ending’ version – previously unreleased)
‘Boy About Town’ (alternate version – Jam fan club flexi from ‘Extras’)
‘No One In The World’ (demo from ‘Extras’)
‘Instrumental’ (demo – previously unreleased)
‘Waterloo Sunset’ (demo – previously unreleased)

Original Source:- www.uncut.co.uk

Without doubt another addition for the letter to Santa

October 18, 2010 Posted by | New News, New Releases, Video | | Leave a comment

Blast From The Past – EMI Record Tokens

Despite much effort I have been unable to source a picture of an EMI Record Token.

People of my age who were music buyers will remember these well as they were always the opt out option for aunties and grannies who knew not what to buy you for your Birthday or Christmas present.

Getting them for a Christmas present I always found to be frustrating as for weeks afterward record shops were devoid of stock that you might actually want to buy with them.

The scrapping of EMI’s National Record Token Scheme was a huge own goal for the retailers as the scheme enabled your distant granny in Lands End to sent you a voucher as a present to Aberdeen where you could spend it in a variety of record stores thus actually receiving a present you wanted.

It was good old WH Smith who started the downfall by withdrawing from the scheme in 1995 and introducing their own voucher which could only be redeemed in their outlets. Given their shop in every big town they probably found out that whilst grannies from across the country were buying EMI Tokens from them fw were being redeemed given your average record buyer had better taste than WH Smith could offer.

When HMV jumped on the same bandwagon the days of the good old EMI Record Token were numbered.

“Man In The Corner Shop” – The Jam

Puts up the closed sign does the man in the corner shop
Serves his last then he says goodbye to him
He knows it is a hard life
But its nice to be your own boss really
Walks off home does the last customer
He is jealous of the man in the corner shop
He is sick of working at the factory
Says it must be nice to be your own boss (really)

Sells cigars to the boss from the factory
He is jealous is the man in the corner shop
He is sick of struggling so hard
Says it must be nice to own a factory

Go to church do the people from the area
All shapes and classes sit and pray together
For here they are all one
For God created all men equal

To buy the music of The Jam click HERE

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Educational, Interesting Fact, Old Music | , | 8 Comments

   

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