8th June 1977
The Jam, The Winning Post, Twickenham £1.25
‘By nine o’clock the Winning Post is packed solid. Roger Chapman and various members of the Saints and Wayne County’s Electric Chair flood in through the doors with the kids.
When the Jam take the stage, crashing into ‘Art School’ the dancefloor heaves and seethes. By the time they got to ‘Carnaby Street’, ‘In The City’ and the tremendous ‘London Girl’ the Jam are playing like the hounds of hell are behind them. Bruce is zigzagging across the stage and colliding with the drumkit while Paul zooms in on the front rows to pick out the breaks at twice his normal speed and twice his normal arrogance.
If the kids in the crowd knew that these boys have yet to go to bed since the night before in Birmingham and that they’ve crammed five wearisome hours at Capital Radio too. I reckon they’d stop pogoing to a punk and open their mouths in sheer amazement.
Which they do later, after the Jam have left them with ‘Bricks and Mortar’. They open their mouths and scream for more. And more. And more.’
Sounds, 25 June 1977
All this within a fortnight of their White Riot Tour exit; their first TOTP performance; and the release of the debut album.