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THE JAMMING! MAGAZINE ARCHIVE CONTENTS...

JAMMING!s 1-12:
The covers and their contents

JAMMING!s 13-24:
The covers and their contents

JAMMING!s 25-36:
The covers and their contents

TONY PARSONS on
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1984

THE JAM
Interviewed in 1979

KILLING JOKE
interviewed in 1981

ADAM ANT
Interviewed in 1978

PAUL WELLER
interviewed in 1978

U2 interviewed in 1984.

PAUL WELLER ON POP
from 1982

The Story That Spawned Creation from 1982

ALTERNATIVE TV
interviewed in 1978

RAYMONDE
interviewed in 1985

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from the jamming! archives:
ADAM ANT
interviewed in 1978
In 1978, while I was going to the Marquee to see bands like The Jam, my neighborhood mate Chris Modica was attending the same venue to see punk underdogs Adam and The Ants. The same time as I got an interview with Weller, Chris told me he could get us an interview with Adam Ant. I went for it – in fact, I went to the management office in Notting Hill on my own even though I knew next to nothing about Adam and the Ants, having never actually seen them! Adam himself didn't seem to hold this against me; in fact he was politeness personified, answering my most basic of questions with the utmost enthusiasm, and later returning a copy of the printed 'zine, autographed to "all the staff at Jamming" - which made us feel very proud of ourselves as we examined the uncollated, unstapled and unsold copies of the magazine lying on my bedroom floor.

Whatever. In retrospect, the interview is fascinating for all the wrong reasons: it's a textbook example of a wanna-be pop star, mired in the underground, making all kinds of patronizing promises he really has not intention – or desire - of keeping. "We are, and always will be, an underground group." "I don't want the singles to be on the album." "We like doing the small clubs, because we know the kids can see." "You're my bread and butter, all the kids in your class." Ouch, ouch, ouch and ouch again. In 1981, when Adam and the Ants were keeping even the recently murdered John Lennon off the top of the album charts, and Adam was the latest international pop star, refusing fanzine interviews, playing the biggest possible venues, releasing single after single from the same albums, and suing everyone he couldn't control (even his former button badge producers) I reprinted a bunch of these quotes in Jamming! 12 accusing him of being a sell-out. I didn't address my own gullibility.

Mr Goddard's extraordinarily naïve sentiments don't take away from the sexual tension at the heart of the group's early shows and recordings, nor the dark qualities of the debut album, Dirk Wears White Sox, which was a cult classic long before Kings of The Wild Frontier propelled him center stage, and then Prince Charming turned him into a cartoon. Still, these quotes do possibly serve as a warning for any young fanzine writers out there who hear similar promises from their own underground icons: don't believe a word of it, and don't believe that you should believe.

Chris Modica took the pictures back stage at the Marquee. He later went on to briefly join the Beloved and was name-checked in that group's beautiful single 'Hello.'

Compact but comprehensive Adam and the Ants biographies can be accessed at Allmusicguide and Trouserpress.

This interview has also been published in Aquatulle magazine.

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