Tag Archives: Rick Buckler

Getting by in time – back in touch with Rick Buckler

To misquote A Town Called Malice, I’ll start by apologising for the things I’ve never done. On a family taxi duty the Sunday before last, I cut my eldest daughter short as she told me what she’d been up to … Continue reading

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From Weller to the Moon – in conversation with music writer Ian Snowball

Ian Snowball was writing the foreword for a book on a Merseyside football casual turned Para when I called, having also recently co-authored Beatles-related novel A Hard Day’s Month with his friend Mark Baxter. There are many more publications out there … Continue reading

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Spirit of ’77 – All Around the World with Russell Hastings and From The Jam

It was a cheap shot, but when I called Russell Hastings back seven hours after rescheduling our initial 10am date due to a dodgy signal, I couldn’t help but ask him, ‘So, Just Who is the Five o’clock Hero?’ “Ha! I … Continue reading

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To Be Someone – Talking about The Jam with Den Davis

When a 1,500kg truck bomb was detonated in central Manchester in June 1996, the collateral damage included a vast collection of vinyl rarities belonging to Den Davis, collector and avid fan of The Jam. A few weeks passed before Den … Continue reading

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About the Young Idea – talking about The Jam with Nicky Weller

From the moment you turn right at the desk inside the Cunard Building’s The Jam – About the Young Idea exhibition and head down a mock London Underground tunnel lined with promo posters publicising the original records, you’re in for … Continue reading

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Bruce Foxton – Smash the Clock (Absolute/Bass Tone Records, 2016)

So Bruce Foxton has a top-40 hit, 33 years after he last troubled the charts with debut solo single, Freak. In at No.31, pop-pickers, thanks largely to the 21st-century phenomenon of crowd-funding pre-orders, with new LP Smash the Clock his … Continue reading

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Now the time has come – back in touch with Bruce Foxton

After an extended festive break, Bruce Foxton is all set for another punishing year for his band, with 100-plus gigs already arranged and a brand new album on its way. If anything, the anniversary circuit is old hat for Bruce … Continue reading

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Time for Truth – the Rick Buckler interview

There have been insider accounts of the story of The Jam from various angles since Paul Weller called time on the band in late 1982. The first to made an impression on me – and I was barely 15 when … Continue reading

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When Setting Sons rise again – the Bruce Foxton and From the Jam update

Thirty-five years ago next month, The Jam released their fourth long player, Setting Sons, a further high point in an already stellar career. After their explosive debut, In The City, in 1977, the Woking three-piece gave us the not-quite fully-baked follow-up … Continue reading

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Where did it all go right? In conversation with From the Jam’s Russell Hastings

  I’ve suggested before now that if I had any problem with Bruce Foxton’s impressive 2012 comeback LP Back in the Room, it was the fact that –despite clearly being a collaborative effort – it only carried his name on the … Continue reading

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