The Jam – Funeral Pyre

by Simon

I love The Jam, but live performances were for me hit and miss. There are some that I can listen to again and again (their version of Big Bird is a particular favourite) but others where they just sound wrong, carried through only by energy.

This clip is another exception though, a live performance, from I think Dutch TV, of Funeral Pyre. I’ve got this on a Jam video compilation DVD that came out a few years back and I nearly wore it out playing this version. The band are tight as, and the sound is great. Weller’s vocals sound more like his studio voice rather than the congested shouting frog he could sound like live back in the old days.