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When You’re Young – Nostalgia Acts

A couple of ELM’s resident troopers headed off to see From The Jam at the weekend, with realistic expectations of what to expect and were rewarded with a solid show packed full of stone-cold Jam classics. If Weller is reluctant to play a lot of the best stuff, particularly the straight punk/pop stuff, rather than the later, more complex work, then the other two have got more right to do it than anyone else. And as Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler have (so far) been sensible enough to forego the dreaded phrase ‘new material’, it sounds a pretty good night out for any ardent Jam fan. Hey, The Specials are going out without Jerry Dammers next year and everyone went nuts about their reunion, so why not?

I did want to share with you, however, this particularly colourful description of the fans at the gig that one of our ELMers sent in;

“Forty to fifty year old balding men, pogoing and worshiping Bruce Foxton. A lady beside us with total eighties hair like Toyah Wilcox. And in between each song they were all chanting “we are we are we are the Mods” when really all they actually were were peoples Dads and Granddads’…bless I really wanted to take the whole audience home and keep them forever.”

That, in essence, is the role of the nostalgia band, be they the Bootleg Beatles or the re-formed Shed Seven; not to inform of the present, but to remind you of the past. It doesn’t matter if it’s the 60,s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s you want to be reminded of, it’s about the songs that saved your life taking you back to a particular time. It’s why Morrissey gets a much bigger pop when he plays ‘Suedehead’ than when he plays ‘First of the Gang to Die’.

If you look at the listings just now, you’ll see bands like The Pogues, James and The Wonder Stuff treading the boards, in reasonably sized venues, playing to a large group of fans. it’s a good time of the year to do it, it gives their fans a chance to hear great back catalogue songs they love, and for a lot of acts, provides a pension they may not otherwise have got.

It’s rock’n’roll recycling to be sure, but sometimes we forget that a show can be about entertainment as well as musical invention. And, with the world being the way it is just now, maybe occasionally lapsing back into a past, real or imagined, does us all good.


2 Responses

  1. Have seen FTJ twice now. Two of the best moshes that I have been in of the past decade. High energy throughout.

    For all the new music that I listen to these days, they really do not make it like they used to!

    Moreover, I think that Russell Hastings is doing an agreeably solid job on lead vocals.

    Is it a chance to relive one’s young years? Yup and what of it? Most new bands are recycling the vintage stuff anyway and get talked up for doing so.

  2. Many moons ago, when I was just a nipper LO, I loved Big Country. Saw them many times, including their official sign-off at the Barrowlands before Stuart Adamson’s tragic suicide.

    A couple of years later, calling themselves the Casbah Club, the guitarist and drummer from BC joined up with Bruce Foxton and JJ Gilmour from The Silencers to do a night at a tiny venue in Glasgow of Big Country and Jam songs. It was fantatsic, a superb night out, great value at £8.

    That I don’t have a problem with.

    However, a year later, buoyed by the success, the remaining members of Big Country reformed…and played a set half consisting of new material! And charged £18 for the privilege!

    So FTJ, The Specials, any of these bands; learn the lesson! So long as FTJ stick to what they are doing, they will be fine.

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