The Jags Redcar Coatham Bowl 1979

The Jags Redcar Coatham Bowl Sunday 28th October 1979
I went with a group of mates to this gig. We often drove down to Redcar on a Sunday night for concerts in the late 70s. The Jags were a new wave, cum mod, cum power pop, band who hit the charts with “Back of my Hand” (I’ve got your number, written on the back of my hand). That song, which is pretty catchy and very Elvis Costelloish, is the only thing I remember about this band. They dressed in sharp suits and the lead guitarist / singer played a Fender Telecaster. The gig at Redcar was good, as I recall, but the most memorable thing of the night, which sticks in my mind to this day, was the guitarist hitting someone down in the front of the crowd over the head with his guitar. I think the guy was either heckling him or spitting, not sure which, but he really whacked him with theat guitar! We all thought it great fun at the time, but I’m not sure the guy who was hit would have agreed. I also saw the Jags play at the Reading festival in the same year.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by andy on June 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I think I’ve got your number was 1980 wasn’t it? I was there too brilliant night.


  2. Posted by Andy on December 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I was there they asked people to stop spitting or they’d stop the gig and that’s why the guy got hit for spitting. What a night … Stayed in Redcar with a woman twice my age whose husband was banged up in the nick …


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