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.
These videos are amazingly inspiring. The whole Playing For Change idea is awesome and I want to be a part of it! The songs are played by musicians from all over the world, from a variety of cultures and on a variety of instruments, but the connection is palpable. I love this.
From the forthcoming CD/LP "Fancy" from Black Them Boots.
Well, since I got this site going a while back I spent a lot of time updating and posting pictures, etc... but then life took over once again, I got busy doing other stuff, specifically work and playing music for a while, and snowboarding a lot. And then getting all the stuff together to get married, although I must add that Claudine did do most of the heavy lifting. I'm a pretty lucky guy. Or very lucky, actually. I love second chances and will make the most of this one.
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.
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.