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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of time classic (Don't mention The Jam!), 29 Jan. 2003
This review is from: The Jolt (Audio CD)
It was never going to be easy being The Jolt. A three piece new wave act, singed to Polydor, produced by Vic Smith and Chris Parry, Mod influenced and a name not a million miles away from their main comparison point, they were always destined to be overshadowed by their sharper and cooler label mates The Jam.
This being said this is a truly fantastic album, which certainly gives Weller & Co.'s debut a real run for its money. Comprising the much overlooked debut LP complete with the earlier and later singles this is effectively the entire recorded output from the short-lived newwave/mod combo from Wishaw, near Glasgow.
Tracks such as Mr. Radio Man, All I can do and Decoyed demonstrate sharp well crafted new wave songs, very much of the time but still sounding suprisingly contemporary, due to the quality of the performers. Don't forget; at this time there really was a lot of rubbishy punk and new wave acts around-this lot were tight and focused with the results evident within each of the 20 compositions.
Highpoints? There really isn't a duff track here! The whole of the album contains some real mod inspired gems. Don't forget this was out a full year before the Mod revivalists got going (Secret Affair, Chords, Lambrettas)
The final EP contains the Weller composed and future Jam B-Side 'Sea saw'. Released before the Jam included this as the flip to Eton Rifles, the version sounds so similar to the Jam that you are left wondering if the move to include this was planned as a goodbye and thank you to their (soon to be) enormously successful mentors.
For anyone interested in the birth of the Mod Revival around 79, this is as good an indicator as anything else. Truly one of the real quality acts of the new wave, The Jolt were just out of time. Too late and Mod for Punk. Too early and Punk for Mod.
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2009 18:57:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Oct 2009 19:00:21 BDT
Mike says:
did you know that on their first british tour 1977 i think it was the jolt were the support act along with the rezillos for the jams in the city tour i know this for certain as i saw them at clouds discoteque in edinburgh it was a very hot night mid july a night ill never forget as it was my first ever gig

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2010 06:57:43 BDT
Wow! What a to die for line up-lucky man!
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