DISCOGRAPHY | POSTED ON: Friday 14th February 2020

Gifted, a tribute to The Jam

Gifted is the latest in a series of excellent ska tribute/Teenage Cancer Trust benefit CD compilations from Specialized UK, which have been released in part on vinyl by Jump Up in the USA; previous efforts have focused on The Specials, The Beat, Madness, Bob Marley, and The Clash. The selection of cuts on the abridged, vinyl version of Gifted (in its original form, this is a 4 x CD release!) are a mix of The Jam’s hit singles (in the UK, at least), b-sides, and album cuts (many from Setting Sons; all of them brilliant)–and the vast majority of the covers here bring something different and compelling to each version of these songs. In sum, Gifted is a powerful and winning set of tracks that do The Jam proud.

The Jam’s songs (and Paul Weller’s and Foxton’s enormous empathy for their songs’ protagonists) continue to be surprisingly immediate and relevant three decades on (and oftentimes they’re more accessible, as you can much more easily discern the lyrics in these versions!). Most of all, Gifted reminds the listener that being young and/or powerless in your own cruel and unjust country–when all you want to do is have fun, pursue your dreams, and earn enough to get by–is the same as it ever was

1

But I'm Different Now

Duke & the Boogaloo Band feat George Grant

2

Going Underground

Da Lata feat Floetic Lara

3

Takin My Love

The Ozskas

4

The Funeral Pyre

The Amphetameanies

5

Monday

The Funaddicts

6

All Around the World

Wotka Trawolta

7

Strange Town

The Pressure Tenants

8

Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

The Meow Meows

9

In the City

Big Fat Panda

10

Girl on the Phone

The Crombies

11

Happy Together

Atsushi & The Moisties

12

Start

The Big

13

I Got By in Time

The Vespbrettas

14

Tales From the Riverbank

Lynval Golding with Contra Coup

15

Circus

Men of North Country

16

Beat Surrender

The Valkyrians

1

But I'm Different Now
Duke & the Boogaloo Band feat George Grant

2

Going Underground
Da Lata feat Floetic Lara

3

Takin My Love
The Ozskas

4

The Funeral Pyre
The Amphetameanies

5

Monday
The Funaddicts

6

All Around the World
Wotka Trawolta

7

Strange Town
The Pressure Tenants

8

Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
The Meow Meows

9

In the City
Big Fat Panda

10

Girl on the Phone
The Crombies

11

Happy Together
Atsushi & The Moisties

12

Start
The Big

13

I Got By in Time
The Vespbrettas

14

Tales From the Riverbank
Lynval Golding with Contra Coup

15

Circus
Men of North Country

16

Beat Surrender
The Valkyrians

1

Absolute Beginners

Missing Andy

2

To Be Someone

The Spammed

3

A' Bomb In Wardour Street

The Reaction

4

That's Entertainment

The Protestors

5

The Place I love

French Boutik

6

Scrape Away

The Gallerys

7

The Bitterest Pill

Button Up

8

London Girls

Les Soucoupes Volantes

9

Wasteland

Entre Knobs

10

Private Hell

The Highwasters

11

Mr Clean

Smash

12

Boy About Town

The Wainstones

13

Carnation

The Riff

14

Tonight at Noon

Popincourt

15

Modern World

The Klank

16

Shopping

The Sound of Pop Art

17

Burning Sky

Indeed

1

Absolute Beginners
Missing Andy

2

To Be Someone
The Spammed

3

A' Bomb In Wardour Street
The Reaction

4

That's Entertainment
The Protestors

5

The Place I love
French Boutik

6

Scrape Away
The Gallerys

7

The Bitterest Pill
Button Up

8

London Girls
Les Soucoupes Volantes

9

Wasteland
Entre Knobs

10

Private Hell
The Highwasters

11

Mr Clean
Smash

12

Boy About Town
The Wainstones

13

Carnation
The Riff

14

Tonight at Noon
Popincourt

15

Modern World
The Klank

16

Shopping
The Sound of Pop Art

17

Burning Sky
Indeed

1

Pretty Green

Millie Manders & the Shut Up

2

Butterfly Collector

The Rough Kutz

3

Just Who is the Five O'Clock Hero?

Operation Offbeat

4

Saturdays Kids

Los Chicklets

5

Man at the Corner Shop

Ten Bob Notes

6

News of the World

Levi

7

In the Crowd

The Inflatables

8

In the Street Today

lennymcartney

9

Set the House Ablaze

6foot7

10

Little Boy Soldiers

Addictive Philosophy

11

I Want You (For Someone)

Mutha Luvin Chimps

12

Heatwave

The Fanzines

13

Art School

The Greasy Ratz

14

Thick As Thieves

The Feckin Ejits

15

Bricks & Mortar

Brandon Lee Bolt & the Illusion Shed

16

All Mod Cons

Plasmajam

1

Pretty Green
Millie Manders & the Shut Up

2

Butterfly Collector
The Rough Kutz

3

Just Who is the Five O'Clock Hero?
Operation Offbeat

4

Saturdays Kids
Los Chicklets

5

Man at the Corner Shop
Ten Bob Notes

6

News of the World
Levi

7

In the Crowd
The Inflatables

8

In the Street Today
lennymcartney

9

Set the House Ablaze
6foot7

10

Little Boy Soldiers
Addictive Philosophy

11

I Want You (For Someone)
Mutha Luvin Chimps

12

Heatwave
The Fanzines

13

Art School
The Greasy Ratz

14

Thick As Thieves
The Feckin Ejits

15

Bricks & Mortar
Brandon Lee Bolt & the Illusion Shed

16

All Mod Cons
Plasmajam

1

Transglobal Express

Bluebird Parade

2

Eton Rifles

John Wheeler

3

It's Too Bad

The Iscatles

4

Town Called Malice

Rude Boy George

5

Smithers Jones

The Skapones

6

David Watts

Girls Go Ska

7

Time For Truth

The Millmen

8

Standards

The Decatonics

9

I Got By In Time

King Hammond

10

English Rose

Erin Bardwell Collective

11

Ghosts

Urang Matang

12

The Gift

Mark Adams

13

When You're Young

The Navarones

14

Liza Radley

Toy Tin Solider

15

Dream Time

Steve Thompson

16

Away From the Numbers

The Bighead

1

Transglobal Express
Bluebird Parade

2

Eton Rifles
John Wheeler

3

It's Too Bad
The Iscatles

4

Town Called Malice
Rude Boy George

5

Smithers Jones
The Skapones

6

David Watts
Girls Go Ska

7

Time For Truth
The Millmen

8

Standards
The Decatonics

9

I Got By In Time
King Hammond

10

English Rose
Erin Bardwell Collective

11

Ghosts
Urang Matang

12

The Gift
Mark Adams

13

When You're Young
The Navarones

14

Liza Radley
Toy Tin Solider

15

Dream Time
Steve Thompson

16

Away From the Numbers
The Bighead


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