Following are a collection of eight articles from various sources covering and spanning the years 1977 to 1982, with a retrospective Paul Weller interview from 2004. Like many of the articles I've reprinted here, all but the last were written during the band's heyday and the views are unique by today's standards because they are truly written without hindsight, without the scope that time creates. It's been 26 years since The Jam broke up. Keep that in mind when you read these articles and interviews.
A Silver Lining.
Bob Pribble recently sent me two emails. One reminding me that skatepunk.net, the predecessor site to this site, hasn't been updated in almost two years. I've kinda 'owed' Bob some pictures for a while now... and the second email was a link to an article about skating pools in Fresno. There are tons of pools (the silver lining) in the Central Valley due to the mortgage crisis and the resulting many foreclosure (the cloud).
Even though the whole underground punk rock thing is old at this point, it's still seems somehow very cool to know about bands that are so under the radar that a select few know about them, and that connection is what makes that awareness special. I've been listening to Fishwife a bunch lately, and Inch, too. And they're both amazing bands.
This video got sent around in the email and it struck me as this cool combination of the Tiltmode ethos, a little bit of Rusczyck and Silas, and some Gonz thrown in. Rad stuff.
The following article/interview was originally published on skatepunk.net in early 2000. The timing was key. The Locust had really hit their stride as a band, 31g was boasting a strong catalog, and the recent passing of Swing Kids and Unbroken guitarist Eric Allen was a bitter pill to swallow. Justin took the time to provide thoughtful and in-depth answers and the interview reflects that period of time very well.
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