Thursday, 18 June 2009

Take this with a pinch of salt but…

Mrs Mick listens to local radio station Eagle in the mornings and yesterday she told me the breakfast DJ announced that Woking council were planning some sort of memorial/tribute to The Jam and he had been informed by a band member that all three members would attend. I’ve done a bit of digging since then and I’ve found this thread on a message board that appears to be have it’s roots in this announcement and takes it a stage further. I’ll believe it when I see it but fingers crossed…

Woking is only 10 miles up the road so if anything happens I’ll be there with my camera.

If nothing else it’s a good excuse to dig out an All Mod Cons classic.

The Jam - It's Too Bad

11 comments:

Davy H said...

It is. But "Me and my children would have to be destitute and starving in the gutter before I'd even consider that" - PW.

Is it July already then? x

Mick said...

If I'd waited till July the reunion might already have happened.

I don't believe it either and I did qualify it quite strongly with the post title but when the missus told me I felt duty bound to pass it on.

...and if it does happen you heard it here first :)

dickvandyke said...

I'd be interested in what Woking Council's idea of a memorial/tribute would be?

Perhaps simply a 'Weller Way' and a 'Buckler Boulevard' down to Sheerwater Secondary?

I move for some song name/lyric incorporation...

Rename a Waterloo line railway engine the 'Smithers-Jones'.
Perhaps a 'Running On The Spot' plaque over the College. 'Dreams Of Children' over the Primary School. 'In The City' over the Police Station. 'Time For Truth' over the Labour Club. 'I've Changed My Address' over the Registry Office'. 'Standards Rule Ok' over the Council Buildings. 'Monolith Monstrosities -
Councils Call Homes' at the entrance to the Council flats. 'Find enclosed: One son, one medal - and a note to say he won' on the Cenotaph...

I could go on for hours and probably will .... etc.


Well, I'm booked in again to see 2 out of the 3 again this December and I'm happy with that.

Mick said...

To be honest, Davy and Dick, I'm slightly disappointed that a bullshit story like this didn't get a bigger response.

darkdance said...

A bigger response you want? Give us a break, deare
st google is having issues. And Woking is much too far for me to wok or wun. Looking forward to pics if it happens. They probably all look older than me so it's alright.

Mick said...

Wouldn't be so sure about that Darkdance, old chap. I saw Paul Weller in ToysRus when I was Christmas shopping (honestly) and he looked surprisingly sprightly and young in the flesh.

ib said...

Yes. The first three LPs were all exceedingly fine.

I never really cared much for "Setting Sons" though. Too ham-fisted with the Wilfred Owen and George Orwell allusions, I feel.

Oh, and not forgetting that Connie Jude contributed the fine illustrations to "Modern World". Between moonlighting for "Fiesta" and landing the Perrier Water advertising gig.

I met her once, and she seemed very nice.

JC said...

"Following the election on 1 May 2008 the political composition of Woking Council remains the same. The Thirty six seats on the Council are occupied by nineteen Conservative and seventeen Liberal Democrat; accordingly the Conservatives have overall control of the Council."

Hard to imagine that lot putting up a memorial to the lads...

Even harder to imagine that they would turn up....

ib said...

Mind you, I seem to remember that prior to his New Labour phase, Mr. Weller was something of a died in the wool Conservative ? And a bit of a Thatcherite, to boot.

Mick said...

I know what you're saying, JC, but there is a fair amount of local pride about The Jam.

From the council website: "Woking is evidently an inspirational place, as many famous people were born, raised or now live in the Borough...Jam members Paul Weller (25 May 1958), Rick Buckler (6 December 1955) and Bruce Foxton (1 September 1955) were all born in Woking and went to school here."

As I've said, I don't believe it either but Mrs Mick says the DJ claimed he was told by a band member they would all be there.

...and Ib is right, PW did once famously say he was going to vote conservative. No-one's ever going to let him forget that.

dickvandyke said...

Forgot to mention, The Jam did a good deal for Woking Borough in their time.

Graham Willmott's enlightening read "The Jam - Sounds From The Street" covers much of it.