What a jammin’ fine way to drum up hospice funds

A LIMITED-edition seven-inch vinyl single with two newly recorded songs written by The Jam’s Paul Weller and Steve Brookes, respectively, are to be released to raise vital cash for Woking Hospice.

The songs, which are out on February 20, were written by the two The Jam co-founders when they were just 15, before anyone had yet heard of the band, and the release has already attracted the attention of dedicated fans all over Britain.

THEY'RE SPECIAL – the Guests’ performing Weller's historic single
THEY’RE SPECIAL – the Guests’ performing Weller’s historic single

The Weller song, Left, Right & Centre, has been recorded by local band The Special Guests at a studio in Kent, while Steve Brookes has included a version of his early song, Feels So Good, on his latest album, Vintage Troubadour.

“Paul wanted us to use an unsigned local band to record his song, so The Special Guests were the perfect choice, and Steve Brookes had just finished recording his new single, so it all came together very nicely,” explains Vic Falsetta who, together with pal Jon Abnett, is behind the fundraiser.

Vic was one of the original organisers of the Wake Up Woking! series of fundraisers kicked off by local Sam Molnar, and has continued running them.

Woking Hospice Community Fundraiser, Wendy Denty, said: “This is a brilliant project and Vic and Jon are tireless in their efforts to raise money for the hospice. Everyone here is incredibly thankful for all their hard work – we don’t know how to thank them enough.”

FEELS GOOD? - sure does, especially when Steve Brookes plays it
FEELS GOOD? – sure does, especially when Steve Brookes plays it

The single is being released in three editions costing from £15 to £30: 200 pressed on black vinyl; 50 special editions on clear vinyl packaged with the original hand-scrawled lyrics on the cover; and 50 Deluxe copies that also include a CD of acoustic and live versions of the Weller track.

Unfortunately, the Deluxe is sold out and the 50 specials are almost gone, although plenty of the black discs remain.

AN OFFICIAL launch for this musical release will be held at the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street, with The Special Guests and Steve Brookes playing. Tickets are £10 in advance from www.the100club.co.uk. It will be followed the next day (February 21) by a concert at the HG Wells suite, again with The Special Guests, plus Bristol band Transmitters and, from Southampton, The Lost Boys.


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