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.
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