Thursday 3rd February 1977 – The Jam and The Boys – Nag’s Head
The rise of the Punk Rock scene had provided the perfect vehicle for Woking’s mod revivalist band, The Jam. Leader singer and guitarist Paul Weller had formed the band in 1972 at the age of 14. By the time of their February 1977 appearance at The Nag’s Head, Weller was still only 18, with bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler – both 21 years old at the time – making up the three-piece.
The Jam came to High Wycombe on the back of several Ron Watts’ promoted gigs at The 100 Club and the trip to High Wycombe was a rare adventure outside of the capital at a time where they were on the verge of signing for Polydor.
A week after the Nag’s Head gig, The Jam recorded their first demos for Polydor – laying down four tracks: In The City, Time for Truth, Sounds From The Street and I’ve Changed My Address. They would put pen to paper on their Polydor deal on 15th February 1977 and it was announced in the press on 24th February 1977. The reported advance seemed a measly £6,000 compared to the £100,000 coughed up by CBS for The Clash in January 1977.
Their powerful, in your face, style proved popular with The Nag’s Head crowd and they returned to the same venue later in the year as a thank-you to Ron Watts.
Support for The Jam for the February gig were The Boys, a UK punk band formed in late 1976.