• A page out of Jim's book tour

    Mag 19 2010, 10:04

    Jim Bob

    According to Jim Bob, last night in Southsea during his Storage Stories night, he's fast becoming "a jack of all trades and master of none" . Well, aside from his long-term tour-length struggle to work a basic projector (I'm sure for comedy value) and his ability to land himself down the deepest holes with his jack-hammer wit and off-piste ramblings, I saw our beloved hero take up his guitar and strut through his own material with aplomb. It is his umpteenth solo tour, so this should be expected really. Jim Bob twisted and turned his way through his own albums, 'School', 'A Humpty Dumpty Thing', 'Angel Strike' and 'Goffam', and included a few surprises from Jim's Super Stereoworld, indeed closing with his favourite finale 'Touchy Feely' (a personal live favourite of mine).

    Of course, there were the obligatory Carter USM gems included. Jim Bob said that he "always had that to fall back on when it went incredibly wrong". It didn't go wrong last night. Whether he loves playing the Carter tunes or not, he plays them and gets the biggest cheers from them. Sad really because he has written many more anthems since that demise, in 1997, which don't get the same unified response. Of course, I can't get enough of the 'old stuff' either so I'm not complaining. But I like to believe that I can let that go and enjoy Jim's full and flourishing talent as a solo artist in his own right.

    Cheers Jim.