did Why did the Jam split, in my opinion its down to one man, Andy Widd. Andy
Widd I hear you ask, who the F**k is he. Let me take you back to December
1982, the lads are coming to the end of their Bucket and spade tour and Andy
and me have got tickets to see them at the Spa Royal Hall in Bridlington.
We had been looking forward to it for weeks both being avid fans. I've toyed
with the idea of going on the Scooter but the lack of MOT, tax and insurance
and the prospect of a sixty mile ride in December curbs any enthusiasm I had
mustered. In the end my future Brother in law Roz came as well, three on a
Lambi !! not cool at all.
There we were all dressed up just an hour's drive in my VW Beetle to see our
heroes, with a selection of Jam tapes to get us in the mood. As we turned
the corner and dropped down to the venue there are plenty of scooters lined
up, brave souls.
In the hall we get the lagers in and eye up the fine selection of clothing
on display, Parka's, Fred Perry's, Striped Blazers and Tinted Glasses ( Just
like Paul on the Start Vid).
I can't tell you what they played but we were jumping up and down with the
best, in a break between songs well into the gig Andy Widd turns to me and
says "They are playing a lot of old stuff, I hope they're not splitting
up" Don't even think it I replied, but sure enough soon after it was
over. Andy had given them the kiss of death.
In December 2003 Andy, me and my Wife Sharron were in a pub on the outskirts
of Leeds City centre watching "The Jamm" tribute band, twenty years
older but still jumping up and down and reminiscing about such a night in
a small coastal Town when he was the cause of the end of The Jam. Widdy, how
can you live with yourself!!!!!
Glenn From Leeds