The JAMMs – It’s Grim Up North

Thanks Gareth for providing this photo - original artwork from an NME advert - from before Photoshop when it was all done with glue

That picture is probably a lot more interesting than this blog post – as is this article I found. I did a quick trawl of the blogs and came across this entertaining, if very silly, JAMMs article from Melody Maker in 1987. Notable for some quite massive typos – and interestingly, it features Pete Waterman – who can be seen living it up in a kilt at Flicks nightclub, right here on this blog.

It’s Grim Up North is possibly my favourite KLF tune, though What Time is Love? is more of a party favourite. And it’s true. It is grim up north. I’d quite like to do a Fife version: ‘It’s shite in Fife’, listing places like Puddledub, Burntisland and Kingskettle in a Fife accent, since I’m from Fife.

This was actually a remake – there was a limited release with Pete Wylie on vocals before this…but this is the best version.

A combination of simple but clever ideas: the siren-ish sound (which I think is probably the shift-change hooter you hear in’t mill); the list of northern towns; the rolling industrial techno; and the Jerusalem ending – all thrown together to make a true dad dancing classic.

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