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  "TITTER YE NOT". 

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A young child says to his

mother,

 

"Mom, when I grow up I'd like

to be a musician.

 

" She replies, "Well honey,

you know you can't do both."

 

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Q: What do you call a

musician with a college

degree?


A: Night manager at

McDonalds

 

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Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?


A: A vocalist.

 

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Q: How can you tell when a singer is at your door?


A: They can't find the key,

and they never know when to come in.

 

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Q: What do you call a guitar player that only knows two chords?


A: A music critic.

 

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U2 JBS DUDLEY
JBS DUDLEY BOOK
the wild flowers

 THE MIGHTY LEMON DROPS 

 HAPPY HEAD LIVE 

 JBS DUDLEY 

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The Weeping Messerschmitts

New book recalls rock 'n' roll

heydays at Dudley club JB's

 U2 came over from Ireland to 

 try to establish themselves in 

 front of JBs punters in 1980. 

 

 This is a book about the life 

 and times of a remarkable 

 little  club that helped to 

 launch the  careers of 

 hundreds of big bands.  

 

 CLICK HERE TO GO TO   BOOK  SALES  AND  

 GET YOUR COPY!!! 

 The Weeping Messerschmitts 

Neal Cook the wild flowers

 

JB's Dudley, usually known simply as JB's, was a nightclub and live

music venue located on Castle Hill near the centre of  Dudley,  West

Midlands. Originally opened on a different site in 1969, it claimed to

be the longest running live music venue in the United Kingdom, and

hosted early performances by acts such as Dire Straits and U2.

 

IT was where it all started for so many rock heroes. Blur had their

first paying gig there, Dire Straits earned £50 for a show, and a

fledgling group called U2 came over from Ireland to try to establish

themselves in front of JB'S punters in 1980. Queen wanted a date

there, but asked for too much money. The Sex Pistols hid out at the venue after defying a ban

imposed by neighbouring Wolverhampton Council and playing as  The Spots

 

The Pretenders, UB40, Joy Division, The Police, Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats and the Manic Street

Preachers all gigged there as they climbed the ladder to stardom, and Kidderminster rock god Robert

Plant gave some low key performances.

 

The club was, first set up at  Dudley Town Football Club  in 1969 by childhood pals Sam Jukes and

Sid Weston. It moved to King Street 18 months later, arriving at its current premises at the bottom of

Castle Hill in 1995.

 

Sam and Sid, both put in £100 to start the venue after Sam, a one time professional footballer with

Walsall, noted that his then team Dudley Town was in a desperate financial situation. They paid a bill

so that the electricity would be switched on again, and named the club after DJ Johnny Bryant, who

would run regular nights there.

 

Soon, live bands were added and the move to King Street was prompted because far more people

wanted to get in than the 200 capacity would allow.

 THE WILD FLOWERS 

 

Pop Will Eat Itself Tour Sweet Sweet Pie 1987

 POP WILL EAT IT SELF P.W.E.I. 

 

There then followed a golden era, which saw Thin Lizzy play in

1971, plus a host of hungry young bands who were desperate to wow  The Black Country  music fans, for a small fee and as standard, a crate of Newcastle Brown ale.

 

Sid’s twin brother John, who worked behind the bar for several years, said there was little evidence of Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott being the hellraiser he would later turn into.

 

He recalled: “Phil was just down to earth. He came to the bar for a drink and was very friendly.”

 

Anarchistic, foul mouthed punks the Sex Pistols, with the sarcastic  God Save The Queen  riding high in the charts, dropped in undercover in 1977 for a drink, after playing an illicit gig in Wolverhampton. John said: “They had been banned by Wolverhampton Council, as they had by many other councils and had appeared at the Lafayette as The Spots, which stood for Sex Pistols On The Stage.

 

The owner of the  Lafayette  had asked us if we could look after them. “Johnny Rotten was ever so nice he asked for half a lager and a packet of crisps and he said please! They just sat with the punters. One of the customers said  Sid Vicious  drew his name on the toilet door.”

 

Up and coming pub rock band Dire Straits, led by the clever compositions and fluent guitar work

of former journalist Mark Knopfler, played around the same time as the song Sultans Of Swing

was starting to cause a stir.

JBS was where it all started for so many rock heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam, whose memory has been affected by the two strokes he has had, said: “It was very low key they were pretty much unknown at

the time. We got them a support slot for about £50 that was all they were worth in those days.

 

“When I was paying Mark Knopfler, I chatted to him and said, ‘You’ve got a half decent chance, and I wouldn’t mind managing you’.

He said to me, ‘Sam, we’ve just signed up with someone else’. That man was  Ed Bicknell  and with him they became superstars.”

 

Sid, who had a day job as a civil engineer, said: “Dire Straits stood out head and shoulders. They were a little bit different. “With bands like that it’s all about confidence, but you could tell they’d got something.”

 

Sam recalled turning  Queen  down at around the time their first album came out in 1973: “Freddie Mercury phoned up and wanted another 40 quid, and I told him to FUCK OFF!    ‘‘I remember saying to him: ‘You ain’t going nowhere!’”

 

John said the dispute with the band, who were just two years away from crafting the all time classic Bohemian Rhapsody, had revolved around the four piece quibbling over how far the dressing room was from the stage.

 

Sue Jukes, Sam’s wife, has routinely prepared delicious chicken or veggie curries for acts appearing at JB’s gratefully received by

up and coming stars such as Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders,

Annie Lennox of The Tourists and local heroes like The Wonder

Stuff, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and  The Mighty Lemon Drops. 

 

She said: “We remember them all. Blur told us they stopped off

at a motorway service station after their gig here, for burger and

chips. They hadn’t been paid before this was the first cheque

they’d had, and they were keen to spend it!”

 

Spencer Davis, whose band included Steve Winwood, once told

the JB’s team: “Forget the music you should open up as a

restaurant!”

 

Sid added: “Steve Winwood was a big real ale fan, and when

he appeared here a couple of years ago, we sent him up to

local pub  The Lamp.  He came back with a big jug of Bathams!”

 

Sid said any trouble at the venue was soon nipped in the bud

by bouncer Jimmy Fisher AKA Jimmy The Con, now dead from cancer, who would send outside anyone smoking a joint. The no-drugs rule was strictly enforced against bands by Jimmy the Con for many years.

 BLUR SONG 2 

 

The Manic Street Preachers James

                                                                                            Jimmy, bless him, had seen more courts

                                                                                            than Rod Laver. If any of the bands did

                                                                                            play up, he would let them know,” Sid said.

 

                                                                                            Led Zeppelin vocalist  Robert Plant  last

                                                                                            played at JB’s in February in 2009 at the

                                                                                            60th birthday bash of his sound engineer

                                                                                            Roy Williams. Tickets costing £20 were selling for £100 at online  market

                                                                                            place eBay. Plant has been a regular visitor over the years, rubbing                                                                                                         shoulders with fans who idolised him.

 

                                                                                            John said: “He’s very down-to-earth and he’d just call in for a pint of Mild.

                                                                                            He sometimes brought [Led Zeppelin drummer] John Bonham up with him.                                                                                              When we were at Dudley Town FC he used to come up and play darts.

 

                                                                                            “A lot of times he brought Maureen with him, who was his wife then. He                                                                                                  would arrive in an Aston Martin, the same as in the James Bond films, but he was OK and had no airs and graces.”

Just Say No

 THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS 

 

 

Sam and Sid were unhappy at the Performing Rights Society demands for three percent of the door money, which they claim was what pushed the venue into administration.

 

 The PRS  collects cash on behalf of composers and hit JB’s with a £4,800 bill. Sam said: “They sent the bailiffs down, but I still maintain we don’t owe them any money.

 

“If bands come in and play their own stuff, which they mostly do, I don’t think we should be liable for PRS payments. “For all these years we’ve supported live music, I’d say that 99 percent of musicians aren’t even registered with the PRS. They were the ones that forced us into administration.”

 

Sid, who has known Sam since he was 11, said the venue owed £80,000 to creditors, the rest of the reported £450,000 debt being his and Sam’s “own money”.

 

He added: “The first nail in the coffin was the  smoking ban,  then it was the credit crunch hitting people’s available disposable income. People still come out but they don’t come out as often, and don’t spend as much when they do come out.

 

“The other thing is cheap booze. People can buy lager for £8 a pack and they can smoke themselves silly at home in front of 50 inch high definition TV, so they’re probably choosing that.

 

“We’ve had a rich vein of great bands. On a personal level they would do anything for Sam and the club, but they have very little say in things these days it’s the agents. If another venue is offering £500 more they’ll go there.”

 

He said Sam was a “terrible delegator” who, despite poor health, regularly stayed at the club until 5am to make sure everything was running smoothly.

 

Back to the book, this is the story about the life and times of a remarkable little club that helped to launch the careers of hundreds of big bands, including Dire Straits, The Police,

The Pretenders, Judas Priest, the Manic Street Preachers,

UB40, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, U2, Nick Lowe,

 The Stranglers,   Ultravox, The Boomtown Rats, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (The Tourists), The Wonder Stuff, Squeeze, and Paul Carrack, but sadly (as you will discover inside), not Queen.

 

With contributions by Robert Plant, Steve Gibbons, Damon

Albarn and Alex James, and many more, plus lots of hilarious, not to mention downright bizarre reminiscences from the stellar cast of die-hard fans who frequented the place!

Sam Jukes JBS Dudley Bostin Bloke

 SAM JUKES

 WHAT A BOSTIN BLOKE 

Frank Sidebottom JBS DUDLEY

 Frank Sidebottom  (below with the big head) maintained that his set at JB's, a poorly attended gig at which the audience collectively decided to play football instead of watching the band was the best gig he ever did.

 

Robert Plant perusing JBS Book
THE LOFT DUDLEY JBS DERMOTS DEN
The Fat Boys JBS DUDLEY
THE MIGHTY LEMON DROPS JBS DUDLEY NEW ALBUM HAPPY HEAD
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN CASSETE
JBS DUDLEY welcolm to the pleasure dome
JBS DUDLEY REAR OF PATHFINDER KING STREET
JBS KING STREET DUDLEY THE ORIGINAL AND STILL THE BEST
PANIC BEACH JBS DUDLEY 1993
JBS Membership card
NEW MODEL ARMY JBS DUDLEY £2.00 IN ADVANCE
THE MIGHTY ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN JBS DUDLEY 1980

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