Clive 'Guv' Newbury..........................Michael Sobell Sports Centre.
I was living in Caerphilly, South Wales at the time
( I'm back here now! ) and drove up to the smoke to met my brother and a few
of his mates who'd come up from Sheppey in Kent. My bruv was 18 then, and
I was 26, both Jam mad but I was married and away from the 'London' scene
whereas he was young free and single and had been to dozens of gigs by this
time, me only a mere 20 or so ( a privilege that NO-ONE can ever take away
My main memories of the gig, and I hope that I'm not confusing gigs here,
1. Bananarama came on first doing a bad ( mime? ) to their first release-
a sort of latiny number.
2. Department S were the main support and were AWESOME. Their track "Is Vic
there?" sounded incredible that night and remains in my top 5 all time Best
Live Tracks at a gig, and I've seen some bands!!
3. Rumours were flying around the queue about the band splitting and a crowd
of girls by us were crying their eyes out.
4. Weller getting his hair off at some drunken yob who kept calling his name
during "English Rose". At one time he looked as if he was getting off the
stage to sort him out.
Mind you this happened at a vast number of gigs as Paul was so full of energy
and wound up like a spring or a bomb ready to burst. I remember The Vapours
supporting in Cardiff and not having ought else to play other than "Turning
Japanese"! How many times did they play it!? I remember my specs flying into
the crowd whilst po going at a gig in Brighton and people parting like the
red sea to reveal them in one piece about 5 yards away. Thanks to all you
Favourite LIVE tracks ..............'A Bomb', 'Precious', 'Saturdays Kids',
'Heatwave' and , of course 'Going Underground' when thousands jumped as one,
pointing fingers in the air shouting 'OI' before the 'La, la, la laaa' ( You
know the bit I mean! ) I used to have all my old tickets & programs (
when available! ) but when I divorced they were all thrown out along with
every bit of vinyl I ever owned!!!!!!!!
contented myself by trying to replace it all at boot fairs and record fairs
as well as getting everything on cd. My only regret is that I got married
and moved to Wales in 1977 and only moved back to Kent in 1983 and so was
away from the main 'action' for the bulk of the time!! Still I managed a lot
more than many and a lot is still fresh in my mind - if not a little jumbled.
When I talk to younger mates in bands etc. who are big JAM fans but were too
young to have known the band. I realise how lucky we were.
Saw Weller recently solo in Cardiff. He was THE MAN and was SO GOOD. He played
'English Rose' and 'That's Entertainment' and it was good to see that at least
half of the audience were under 30, but there were a hell of a lot of us old
Clive 'Guv' Newbury - July 2001