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In the past we’ve written blog posts about bands who we think were great, bands who inspired us to pick up instruments in the first place, and start writing songs.
One of these bands, without a shadow of a doubt, is The Jam.
Consisting of Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, and Rick Buckler, The Jam was an English punk rock / mod revival band during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Despite their songs comprising of fast tempos, similarly to the punk rock bands of the time, the band wore smartly tailored suits and incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences which placed The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.
The band enjoyed a huge amount of success, one of the reasons it’s a huge inspiration to us. During its time, the band enjoyed 18 consecutive top 40 singles in the UK, including four number ones.
During the lifespan of the band, The Jam released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, reached number one in the UK album chart, and quite rightly so too!
The music the band produced was great. Influenced by the likes of 1960s beat music, soul, R&B, rock, and punk they couldn’t go wrong really, could they.
And it’s thank to these influences that we were graced with great tracks such as “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”, “The Eton Rifles”, “Going Underground” and “Town Called Malice”.
Once the band broke up, Weller continued to write and perform, in a solo capacity, recording even more great songs, including “You Do Something To Me”, and “Broken Stones”.
Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler also continue to make music, with From The Jam, a band we’ve actually played on the same bill as in Motherwell. You can read about the gig here.
Despite disbanding over 30 years ago, The Jam’s music is still loved by millions and never fails to influence the next generation of singers, songwriters, and musicians.
Taking all this into account it’s hard to see why the band wouldn’t be an inspiration to Soldier On. Plus the guys always dressed smartly and impeccably, bringing a touch of class to the scene. Brilliant.
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It’s not long now till we head down to Manchester to play our first gig outside of Scotland.
Not only is it a big deal to play in another country but to be invited to play in Manchester, the city where so much good music has come from, is amazing.
Since we’re about to get our manc-heads on we thought we’d write about another of our inspirations, Oasis.
Despite breaking up a few years back, the hunger for them is still very much alive, only last week there was a real hope of a reunion tour when cryptic posts began to appear on the band’s social media platforms.
However everyone’s hopes were crushed when it was announced the social media teasing was to promote the re-release of Definitely Maybe with some rare, unheard material to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary. Cheers lads but keep your re-release, we’d much rather spend our money seeing a reunion tour!
So what’s all the fuss about? We’ll tell you what it’s all about.
With seven studio albums, 132 award nominations, and 61 award wins to its name, Oasis is one of the greatest bands in recent years.
Heavily influenced by The Beatles, the band was always destined for greatness. But the band from Liverpool isn’t the only one to influence Oasis. During numerous interviews members of the band have also cited artists such as: The Stone Roses, Sex Pistols, Small Faces, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, amongst others. All quality bands.
And although from Manchester, the band have deep roots in Glasgow. Many of us know the story of how Oasis fought its way to the stage at King Tut’s back in 1993 and blew Alan McGee away with its set. Here’s hoping he comes to see us next time we play at Tut’s!
Oasis’ first UK number one single came from its second number one album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, another epic offering. This particular number one came in the form of track seven, Some Might Say, which was one of a host of crackin’ tracks on the album including Wonderwall, She’s Electric, Roll With It, and Don’t Look Back In Anger.
It’s no secret that with the success the band was enjoying that brothers, Liam and Noel (Gallagher), struggled to see eye to eye on many points and on many occasions there were reports of fights, and of the band breaking up.
Eventually it would be their relationship that would cause the band’s backbone to fracture and in 2009 it was announced Liam and Noel were going their separate ways and that Oasis would be no more.
Since the band separated both brothers have gone on to form their own respective bands, Liam with Beady Eye and Noel with his High Flying Birds.
And while both Gallaghers still hold a position in the music industry, hopes and rumours of Oasis reunions will continue to emerge. Hopefully one day they’ll come to fruition.
Until then we all have to make do with the great back catalogue of music they left us, which to be fair, is sh*t hot!
So why are they an inspiration of ours? Despite volatile relationships, Oasis was able to produce not one, but seven outstanding albums, won numerous awards, and have left us all craving for more. What more could any other band want to achieve?!
As we continue on our journey through the music industry, playing countless gigs and writing as many original tracks as possible, we hope that one day we’ll even be a fraction of how successful Oasis was.
If you’ve read our other posts about inspirations you’ll see this one is slightly different, but once you’ve read this you’ll discover why have a lot of respect for them.
Hailing from the southside of Glasgow, Primal Scream was formed in the 80s and went on to enjoy relative success in the 90s.
Founding member, Bobby Gillespie, who’d previously played in a punk band, The Drains, started the band with school-friend Jim Beattie after the punk scene ended.
Eventually, after Gillespie had played a bit with The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream’s line-up was completed.
In came another old school-friend, Robert Young on bass, along with rhythm guitarist Stuart May, drummer Tom McGurk, and tambourine player Martin St. John.
Over some time, various band members changed and once they had eventually decided on their new line-up they re-entered the studio and began recording again.
After a poorly received album and even worse reviews, two more of the band decided to leave.
Another poor album later, the band changed their sound again, this time after being influenced by the rave scene.
In 1991 Screamadelica was released. It was by far their most successful release, reaching number eight in the UK charts and receiving rave reviews (pardon the pun) from both critics and fans alike, with Ink Blot Magazine said that the album was “both of its time and timeless.
The album won the first Mercury Music Prize, beating Gillespie’s former band The Jesus and Mary Chain.
The success of Screamadelica saw the band go our tour, beginning in Amsterdam and ending in Sheffield. Oh, and a wee stop off at Glastonbury along the way!
Despite the huge success of the Screamadelica, the bands highest charting single actually came from their fourth album, Give Out But Don’t Give Up, in 1994.
Although critically the single wasn’t well received, it reached number seven in the UK chart. Something tells us NME didn’t agree calling them “dance traitors”.
Their 2013 return also saw them grave the Glastonbury stage once more, playing just before the Rolling Stones. During this set they also had the opportunity to introduce new all-female rockers, Haim, who sang the backing vocals for their set.
The new album also brought them back to the SECC, Glasgow, where they were able to play to a home crowd and delight them with a mix of old and new tracks.
Looking at the number of years in which the band have enjoyed relative success, as well as being another Scottish band, it’s not hard to see why we hold them in such high regard.
Their music hasn’t always been our cup of tea, but there are a few belters in there, and they always reinvented themselves, never going stale. A great Scottish band!
The weekend there, saw us play the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine. Those who came to see us play will know that we take our inspiration from loads of great bands, mostly from the 60s and 70s- when the British rock scene was arguably at its best.
One band in particular that inspires us is The Kinks.
The Kinks were great, from the music they produced, down to their style and stage presence. The popularity of the band today indicates that we’re not the only ones who think so. The Kinks are recognised as one of the most important and influential British groups of all time, with millions of record sales and countless awards and accolades to their name. The band has left us a legacy of classic songs, many of which influence popular music as we know it today.
Music history was made when “You Really Got Me” stormed to the top of the UK charts. This classic song has since been cited as the inspiration for garage rock, punk, heavy metal and of contemporaries The Who.
Between 1965-1967, The Kinks enjoyed their first commercial peak, scoring nine British and seven US chart hits. The band’s aspirations of American domination took a huge blow when an unresolved dispute with the American Federation of Musicians during a 1965 tour, led to a ban on US appearances – this lasted until 1969. As a result of the American ban, the band focused solely on The UK scene, earning them a lot of commercial success.
Eventually, The Kinks were allowed to play in the States and gained a pretty big chunk of the stadium rock circuit, selling out Madison Square Gardens. Further American success was mainly down to early 80′s albums “Give The People What They Want” and “State Of Confusion”, which featured the hit singles “Better Things” and “Destroyer”.
Although heavily rumoured, a reunion tour was never going to be a possibility due to ill health. In 2010, Peter Quaife passed away, after receiving kidney dialysis for more than 10 years.
Despite the ups and downs The Kinks endured, they are still regarded as one of the iconic British bands which paved the way for others; they were pioneers of the British rock scene.
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I actually never liked The Beatles. When I was about 15, I used to always say to my mate, Stuart Conn, that Elvis was better. Probably just to wind him up since he was a fanatic and I never understood it.
I came home from school and rummaged about the house for the Number 1s album that was released, which I knew my old man had, and put it on. I thought; “Fuck! I actually know these songs.”
I chapped him in the morning for school with humble pie, and asked for some more of their stuff.
Rubber Soul. It doesn’t get much better than that album. It’s like a greatest hits album that flows and congeals together like fluorescent cement.
Rubber Soul made me want to be a Beatle. I remember buying a cheap military jacket thinking I was John Lennon, until the buttons fell off and I ended up looking like a poor man’s Adam Ant. I had never felt so influenced and idiotic in my entire life.
So I bought two tickets and so did Conn, and between the two of us, you couldn’t make a brain between the two of us – his being about 50 seats from the front, and mines 50 seats from the back… of the top tier of the stadium.
So he planked the tickets in a jacket against the barrier at the side of the stadium once he found his seat. I told a security guard that I got lost trying to buy a t-shirt and he let us jump the barrier and leg it before his boss got back. I’ll always remember that bloke, top guy…
For my Christmas one year, my parents bought me a Gretsch Electromatic Jet – which wasn’t dissimilar to the one George Harrison played – and I looked the fucking business. I felt like a porn star when I felt it in my hands, the coolest guy out of all the bands that played when I was gigging – not out of arrogance, I genuinely looked great.
I could talk all day about The Beatles and my experiences. They are the best songwriters that ever existed. If anyone writes a song as good as Girl from Rubber Soul (song below), then I’ll start going to Greenday gigs and wear black nail Varnish.
Just starting out, The Rolling Stones began playing gigs around London in 1962. The idea that their rock and roll band would last a few years, never mind 50, was mental.
The Stones are famous for living life to the full, so the band really didn’t expect to still be playing gigs 50 years later.
“I didn’t expect to last until fifty myself, let alone with the Stones. It’s incredible, really. In that sense we’re still living on borrowed time.” – Keith Richards.
The Rolling Stones’ success isn’t just reserved for their homeland, their success transcends the shores of the UK. The bands’ success is on a global scale.
Music from The Rolling Stones is quite often associated with wartime – more specifically, the Vietnam War. Their music seemed to capture a mood and a feeling amongst the American troops.
The Stones weren’t the only band to have this association with the war. Many other bands and artists such as The Doors and Jimi Hendrix also seemed to have this connection – at the time, people were passionate about music, but also had strong feelings towards the war, so the two were married. At the time, the music was a release for those who opposed the war and the effect it was having on the world.
Below, is an example of how movies portrayed the relationship songs of that time had with the Vietnam War.
Even today, people are uploading videos on YouTube which feature images of the Vietnam War, with Rolling Stones music as the soundtrack.
A large part of the band’s success is down to their lyrics and music; how they connect with people; they tapped into the rock and roll movement. Their music and lyrics also helped shape the rock and roll scene, influencing many.
Their lead man, Mick Jagger was also an icon. The way he owned the stage and consistently delivered flawless performances was superb. And his dancing; what can you say about his famous dancing? It’s second only to our very own frontman, Jordan!
These are maybe reasons why we are influenced by them so much. We want our music and our lyrics to influence the way that the Stones’ did.
They helped shape the rock and roll movement during the 60s, and still do now. That’s the level we should be aiming for. We won’t stop till we achieve it.
Our style and music has been influenced by some of the greatest bands there have ever been. One of these bands is The Who.
Formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle, and joined shortly after by Keith Moon, The Who are one of the UK’s most successful rock bands. The band became well-known for energetic live performances which often ended with the band smashing up their instruments.
To date, The Who have sold around 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the UK and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.
Albums like My Generation and A Quick One helped the band become more successful – with both albums mentioned reaching the UK top five. Also, performances at the Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Isle of Wight music festivals helped put them on the map.
The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The display describes them as “Prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World’s Greatest Rock Band.” TIME magazine wrote in 1979 that “No other group has ever pushed rock so far, or asked so much from it.” Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Who complete the holy trinity of British rock.” They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988 and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001, for creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. In 2008 surviving members Townshend and Daltrey were honoured at the 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors. That same year VH1 Rock Honors paid tribute to The Who where Jack Black of Tenacious D called them “the greatest band of all time.”
When you look at what The Who achieved, you can see why they’ve inspired a whole host of bands, and not just ours.