In the late 70s Chip Hamer penned this poem about his favourite band, the Jam. It was in a ‘zine, he reckons it was probably Making Time.
Leading the Way!
Black and white
In the night
Sharp crew cut!
Look alive ’65
Outta the rut!
Red ‘n white Ricky!
Nuffin’ too tricky!
Something to say!
Won’t go away!
One step ahead!
Get this instead!
Follow that band!
Angry young man!
Leading the way!
Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt as consumers in the NME, 21 August, 1982.
The People’s March For Jobs as reported in the NME, 23 May, 1981.
1978 and punk rock sports long trousers; “What the Jam had before was the blueprint: now they’ve perfected the technique, cased the formula, and revolutionised the trio concept into the bargain.”
What yoof TV used to be. This episode of BBC’s Something Else, a series that ran from 1978 is from 2 October, 1981. There’s poetry from Anne Clark and Aidan Cant – incidental music by Paul Weller – a bit about youth clubs, as well as music from The Jam, The Questions and the much missed Dolly Mixture. There’s an also a section where young people talk about what class they are as they awkwardly sit around a table (not) drinking.
Of particular interest is some talk on ‘zines from Tony Fletcher of Jamming! Also featured is Making Time and the item is very centred on poetry. The young reporter even talks to Faber and Faber about what they are, and aren’t, publishing and this links right back to the class item. Now there’s a suprise.
Paul Weller lists his favourite things, including Orwell, the Mask of Anarchy, and Minder from Smash Hits, 4 – 17 March issue, 1982. Previously Weller had talked his favourite telly with Flexipop.
Phill Jupitus, as Porky, had a regular cartoon strip in Jamming!, here are the ‘zine reviews from number 21, October, 1984, along with a couple of his strips.