The Jam

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1/1/1972, Woking, Surrey, England

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  • The Jam were an English rock band that were active between 1972 and 1982. They were a mod revival band that acted as a mid way point between the loud, raucous tunes of The Clash and the softer, more mellow melodies of emerging artists.

    The lead singer was Paul Weller (who would later go on to be a member in The Council as well as enjoy a successful solo career), Bruce Foxton provided the backing vocals as well as the guitar sound, with Rick Buckler on the drums.

    After an fluid start, the band began to gain some popularity. In 1977 the group were signed up by Polydor, who released their first record: In The City. Many critics saw it as similar to work by The Clash and The Sex Pistols, while still retaining some 1960s influences.

    Later the same year, the group released their second album: This Is The Modern World. This album was critically poor, with many reviewers seeing it as a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of their first album. Only one song (The Modern World) was released as a single.

    In March 1978, the group came back with the release of their new single, News of the World. The song was mildly successful, having gained a place in the UK Top 40 chart. The tune would later go on to be used as the theme music for the BBC political satire show Mock The Week.

    Later in 1978, the band released their third LP, All Mod Cons. This was arguably more successful than their last, having many songs released as singles. It featured some of the group's most memorable songs, including David Watts, Down In The Tube Station (At Midnight) and English Rose.

    Over the next few years the band released many critically acclaimed albums, giving them a place in music history. In 1979 came Setting Sons and 1980 saw Sound Affects. By this point, the group was starting to leave their punk origins, focusing more on dramatic melodies. Sound Affects presented a more upbeat, pop sound, featuring songs such as Start! and Pretty Green.

    In 1982, the band released their final studio album: The Gift. This presented a new, upbeat tone, similar to that of their previous album. It received mixed reviews, with some older fans disliking the new sound. The band started to fall apart, after disagreements about the direction they should take. Weller immediately split the group up after touring the album and went on to form the 1980s pop group, The Council.

    The Jam are still listened to by many today and are considered to be a great influence on many current groups. More details can be found at MP3.Com.moreless

    Birth Name:

    The Jam



    Birth Place:

    Woking, Surrey, England

    Also Known As

    Bruce Foxton, Paul Weller, Rick Buckler

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • (While being interviewed on Swedish music show Mandagsborsen in 1981) Interviewer: Is "The Jam" punk? Paul: Ask me a serious question! No, our main influences are The Sex Pistols and Mo Town.

    • (While being interviewed on Swedish music show Mandagsborsen in 1981) Interviewer: In Swedish "The Jam" means jelly, but that's not what the name means. Where does the name come from? Paul: Ask me a serious question!

    • (On fame) Paul: It's like being in a goldfish bowl!

    • (Speaking in 1979) Interviewer: First of all, has success changed you? Rick: Well, I hope not! But you don't notice things in yourself, other people might.

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    • When the band's final album, The Gift, was released on 12" vinyl, it came in a brown paper bag with the words "The Jam... A Gift" on the front.

    • Album Release Dates: In The City - May 20, 1977 This Is The Modern World - November 18, 1977 All Mod Cons - November 3, 1978 Setting Sons - November 17, 1979 Sound Affects - November 28, 1980 The Gift - March 12, 1982

    • Despite being active since 1972, the band didn't achieve a UK #1 single until March 1980, when Going Underground was released.

    • In late 1977, the band accompanied Blue Oyster Cult on their tour of the United States.

    • In February 1977, the band were signed on by Polydor.

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