SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #164: THE JOLT

I remember some local press about The Jolt, a band from the late 70s who really talked up The Jam as being an influence.

This is what wiki had to say:-

The Jolt were a Scottish band formed in Wishaw in 1976.

They started out playing 1960s covers and then sped up their music, playing a mix of punk rock and power pop. The lineup was Robbie Collins (guitar, vox), Jim Doak (bass, vox) and Iain Shedden (drums). The band built up its following playing at the Crown Hotel, Wishaw. They enjoyed moderate success during the punk and early new wave era. They moved to London, England and signed to Polydor Records. They opened for bands such as The Jam, The Saints, Generation X and The Motors. They were precursors to the mod revival, which came to fruition around 1979, the year the band split.

They actually covered a Jam song, See-Saw, and it has been included in the excellent and comprehensive Big Gold Dreams box set that I’ve referenced a few times.  But rather than that, here’s one of the three singles they recorded for Polydor:-

mp3 : The Jolt – You’re Cold

It’s their hugely enjoyable just-under-two-minutes-long debut, dating from 1977, and is more punk than mod orientated….I’m assuming their sound evolved and was moulded somewhat by the record label bosses.

JC

3 thoughts on “SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #164: THE JOLT

  1. What a treat this is. I haven’t ever heard of The Jolt. I think at some point I should invest in Big Gold Dreams and, of course, The Jolt records.

    You’re Cold is incredibly derivative of it’s time but no less urgent or charming. My immediate Scottish reference was The Rezillos.

    It strikes me as strange that having been the opening act for so many great bands The Jolt weren’t able to ride that wave of enthusiasm. I’m keen to hear their mod-revival sound …. *back from an internet listen* …. they remind me of the now revered Circles – see Opening Up or Billy for comparison.

    Thanks for this post. I now have another new band to add to my ever growing list of bands I should have known but never did.

  2. Oh, so so long since I’ve heard this or even thought about the Jolt! Way back in the mists of time (early 1978) Generation X were due to play at the brilliantly vibrant music club in my little hometown, I was so young, so excited, gigs were still a new thing to me and I couldn’t believe I’d be seeing them in the flesh. But they had to cancel at the last minute (I think Derwood broke his arm, or something?) and the Jolt headlined instead, with a local punk band being pulled in to cover the now vacant support slot.
    It turned out to be a great gig in spite of my disappointment. And then I went on to marry the guitarist of the support band!

  3. “And then I went on to marry the guitarist of the support band!” is my favorite TVV comment in a LONG time.

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