'The Jam - About The Young Idea'
(The Jam / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: 'About The Young Idea' is the story of UK mod band, The Jam. It charts their career from formation in the early seventies, through the heady days of chart success and on to their break up in 1982.
DVD Verdict: In truth, I have been a HUGE fan of The Jam ever since I first heard 'Eton Rifles' and such. For those not in the know, The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were formed in Woking, Surrey and whilst they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes.
They also incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences into their music, rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.
'The Jam - About The Young Idea' features extensive, brand new interviews with Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler alongside archive performance footage and new contributions from fans, journalists and many involved in the band's career. Simply put, this new DVD is a fantastic look into one of England's most beloved musical groups.
In fact, for the record, this is a 2-Disc package as aside from containing the aforementioned documentary 'About The Young Idea' on Disc One, Disc Two also features 'When You're Young: Live At Rockpalast 1980,' which is The Jam's previously-unreleased performance on the famous German TV show of the same name. Together, these make up the ultimate set for any fans of The Jam, have no qualms about that, my friends! Disc One is enhanced for 16x9 TVs, Disc Two is a 4:3 Screen Ratio and this brilliant 2-Disc set comes with the Special Features of:
Additional Interviews (not included in the broadcast version)
The Rainbow, London, December 1979 - 'It's Too Bad' + 'Saturday's Kids'
The Ritz, NYC, May 1981 - 'The Modern World' + 'The Eton Rifle'