Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article
Friday 05 October 2012

Thick As Thieves: Fans Get Passionate Between The Covers With The Jam

Tick, tock the hour is near. It's the 9th December 1982 and there's a gig ticket on top of The Jam's pile of vinyl that lay neatly piled on the Dansette. Not just any old gig ticket, but one so I can say a fond farewell at the Brighton Centre to the band that had defined the last six years of my life.


Tick, tock, tick just two days to go. It’s 3pm and I’m in bed. I’m covered head-to-toe in a red rash. I feel s**t, but I’m gonna beat this. In forty-eight hours I will be seeing The Jam live for the twenty-seventh and last time.

Tock, tick rewind. It’s a another wet and windy Spring evening in 1977 and a barely known group of Woking Herberts are in town to try to win over the twenty or so punters who lurk menacingly in the corners of the Embassy Cinema, in Western Road, Brighton.

If we were expecting chit-chat and niceties then The Jam were not ticking any of the light entertainment boxes.



They were full-on, angry and combative. If anyone was seemingly spoiling for a fight then it was some 18-year-old-looked-13-year-old who went by the name of Paul Weller.

I was impressed. They had the punk spirit melded with the Mod vibe. And oh, THOSE songs.

Properly structured, expertly played and impeccably delivered numbers that spoke of hopes, dreams, girls, friendships and injustice. I bought in to The Jam hook, line and sinker.

Ring, ring, ring the hour cometh and there was no happy ending. I missed The Jam’s last stand on 11th December 1982 at the Brighton Centre.



The aforementioned red rash (Chicken Pox) was in full flame and my ticket had been returned to the Box Office. They were gone.

But my story isn’t unique, as the recently published weighty tome Thick As Thieves: Personal Situations With The Jam testifies. I was just a foot soldier in a much larger army, The Jam army.  

Conceived and brought to publication by Stuart Deabill and Ian Snowball, Thick As Thieves lets The Jam’s fans take centre stage to tell their unique individual tales of just why, from 1977 through till the dying embers of 1982, Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler were their Beatles.

Interspersed through-out are recollections from many of those who played much more than walk on parts. All have something positive to say, and all add to the collective knowledge that The Jam really were ‘the best fucking band in the world.’

Thick As Thieves: Personal Situations With The Jam is a work of love and a fitting testament to a band who were sticklers to detail and passionate about the affect their art had on the masses. Stuart Deabill and Ian Snowball .. job done!

To purchase the book
CLICK HERE


by: Mike Cobley


   

There are artists who are independent in the music industry sense, and artists who are independent in mind, spirit and the sheer bloody-mindedness with which they've made something of themselves. Nell Bryden fits both descriptions, and has the stories to prove it.
After teaming up with the Foo Fighters in both Scotland and South Africa, Kaiser Chiefs will find time in their busy schedule to play a date at the Brighton Centre.
With just a few days to go until the Festival gates open (22nd to 24th August), the line-up for the Alternative Stage at Reading & Leeds has been announced. 

Young people in Brighton & Hove are being offered the opportunity to take part in an innovative programme to help them combat social anxiety. 
After two years away the most popular ice show in the world, Holiday on Ice, is returning to The Brighton Centre  for one week only with their 70th anniversary show Platinum, featuring Dancing on Ice All Stars winner, Ray Quinn.

The rapper/poet/playwright Kate Tempest is set to launch her new book of poetry Hold Your Own; an ambitious, multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias.
A year ago last Spring, having just announced an autumnal release of their new album, Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' world was put on hold when Sharon was diagnosed with cancer.

Brighton Digital Festival has announced six new artworks that will be exhibited across Brighton as part of its month-long celebration of digital culture. 
Thousands are expected to turn out next Sunday, 17th of August, at the launch of Brighton for Peace, a spontaneous movement created by the city's business owners and artists as a response to the crises in Gaza and the Middle East. 
To celebrate the publication of volume three of his Diaries, Travelling to Work 1988-1998, acclaimed actor, writer and comedian Michael Palin, has announced his first ever one-man stage tour, which will visit Brighton this autumn.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...






Latest Brighton Jobs

Bathroom Sales Designer

We are seeking a dynamic and driven Sales Designer with experience working within the KBB (Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom) industry. The suitable candidate will...
Christopher James Bathrooms - Brighton
More details

Part-time Dance Administrator

Closing Date: 16th September 2014 Job Start Date: 27th October 2014 Contract Type: Maternity Cover We are seeking to appoint a responsible and organised...
BRIGHTON COLLEGE - Brighton
More details

Marketing Director

Marketing Director Salary on application Based Brighton, East Sussex We are working with partnership with a successful, exciting and developing company based...
TALENT HUB RESOURCING LTD - Brighton
More details

Product Specialist

Parts Specialist – air cooled automotive parts enthusiast Shoreham by Sea This is an excellent opportunity for a person who is passionate about air cooled...
Pier Recruitment - Brighton
More details
Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd