The Jam

The Jam

Formed in Woking, England in 1976, The Jam consisted of three Members - Paul Weller (Lead Guitar, Vocals,) Rick Buckler (Drums & Percussion) and Bruce Foxton (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals). Foxton, joined in 1977, leaving local Rock band 'Zita'. As time went on and the style of the Jam’s music progressed into the 1980s, additional musicians were recruited for brass sections, percussion and backing vocals; in the case of the latter, a young female vocalist from Telford called Tracie Young (who subsequently had her own top 10 UK hit in 1983 as a solo artist with the pop song "The House That Jack Built") also appeared on the group's last three singles and was an original member of Weller’s next group; The Style Council.

By his own admission (in The Jam’s official 1983 Biography 'A Beat Concerto', written by Paolo Hewitt) Weller was influenced into forming The Jam after going to a concert of London Punk band The Clash. The name of the group came from Weller’s sister who suggested the title at breakfast one day. The first Album ‘In The City’ (1977) reflected the period of New Wave Punk that was happening in London at that time. Other songs on the album, which reflected Weller’s Punk influences, are the frantic 'Slow Down' and the equally fast paced 'Batman Theme'.

Possibly the key to the groups overwhelming success was not only Weller's outstanding ability as a songwriter and musician but also his ability to move with the times. Punk faded away in 1979 and whilst the group’s second album 'This Is The Modern World' contained elements of the Post-Punk songwriting that appeared on the previous Album, a new audience began to associate themselves with the group; the early 80s Mod Revival or 'Jam Boys' as they became known. Famously, the first draft of the 'Modern World' album was scrapped and re-written in a trying period for the band however successful albums such as 'Setting Sons', 'All Mod Cons', 'Sound Affects' and 'The Gift' all followed and in turn became synonymous with the 80s mod scene, influencing other bands in the process. Weller himself came from a musical background which consisted of Northern Soul, Motown and 60s Pop bands such as The Who and The Kinks and this was reflected within the music on all of those albums. The release of 'The Gift' coincided with the band’s most successful period and contained two number one singles.

By the turn of the 1980s, The Jam was the biggest UK Singles band. All in all they scored five number one singles, the first one being 'Going Underground' which alongside 'Town Called Malice' is arguably their most famous release. When the band split it was one of a small number of their singles re-released early in 1983 that saw chart entries in the UK Top 40 with three re-releases all at once. These were 'Beat Surrender', 'Going Underground' and 'All Around The World'. Along with The Beatles, The Jam remain the only other band in the UK to have simultaneously played both sides of a 'AA' release live on the BBC music show 'Top Of The Pops', this occurring with the 1981 No. 1 single 'Town Called Malice/Precious'.

In 1982 and to the dismay of millions of their fans, Paul Weller made the shock announcement that the band was to split up. The next and final single released in December 1982 'Beat Surrender' went straight in at No. 1 and remains a lasting legacy from one of the most successful British bands ever.
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PD-1-6110, 2383 447 The Jam In The City (Album) Polydor PD-1-6110, 2383 447 US 1977 Sell This Version
2383 475 The Jam This Is The Modern World (Album) Polydor, Polydor 2383 475 France 1977 Sell This Version
POLD 5008, 2442 155 The Jam All Mod Cons (Album) Polydor, Polydor POLD 5008, 2442 155 UK 1978 Sell This Version
POLD 5028 The Jam Setting Sons (Album, Comp) Polydor POLD 5028 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
2383 599 The Jam Sound Affects (Album) Polydor 2383 599 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
2383 658 The Jam Dig The New Breed (Album) Polydor, Polydor 2383 658 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
2383 636 The Jam The Gift (Album) Polydor 2383 636 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
RRLP 141 The Jam Live At The Roxy Club(LP, TP, W/Lbl) Receiver Records Limited RRLP 141 UK 1991 Sell This Version
519 667-1 The Jam Live Jam (Album, Comp) Polydor 519 667-1 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
5896902 The Jam The Jam At The BBC (Comp, Album) Polydor, Universal 5896902 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
0602537185955 The Jam Copenhagen April 1982(LP) Polydor 0602537185955 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0602537946983 The Jam Live At The Brighton Centre December 1979(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Polydor, UMC 0602537946983 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
EREDV1205 The Jam About The Young Idea(DVD-V, Doc + DVD-V + CD, Album) Eagle Vision EREDV1205 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
4747449 The Jam Live At Newcastle City Hall 28th October 1980(2xLP, Ltd) Polydor, Universal UMC 4747449 UK 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PD 14462, 2059 003 The Jam I Need You (For Someone) (Single) Polydor PD 14462, 2059 003 US 1977 Sell This Version
2085 945 The Jam The Modern World (Single) Polydor 2085 945 UK 1977 Sell This Version
2058 903 The Jam All Around The World (Single) Polydor 2058 903 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
2058 866 The Jam In The City (Single) Polydor 2058 866 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
DPQ 6084 The Jam News Of The World (Single) Polydor DPQ 6084 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street (Single) Polydor 2059 054 UK 1978 Sell This Version
POSP 8, 2059068 The Jam Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (Single) Polydor, Polydor POSP 8, 2059068 UK 1978 Sell This Version
PD 14566 The Jam Mr. Clean (Single) Polydor PD 14566 US 1978 Sell This Version
POSP 69, 2059 158 The Jam When You're Young c/w Smithers-Jones (Single) Polydor, Polydor POSP 69, 2059 158 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
7DM 0010 The Jam Strange Town (Single) Polydor, Polydor 7DM 0010 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
DPQ 6185 The Jam (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (Single) Polydor DPQ 6185 Japan 1979 Sell This Version

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December 9, 2011
The Jam Polydor original 7" (UK press) are rifled just before the label, like <a href="">In the City</a>.
There was a repress of all The Jam 7" in the mid eighties, with original covers and labels, but without the rifle.


February 25, 2010
The Jam were an English punk, post-punk, mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore neatly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes and incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock influences rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.

They had eighteen consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their breakup in 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?" remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK. They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.

The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk rock, pop punk and new wave. The trio was known for its melodic pop songs, its distinctly English flavour and its mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form The Style Council and later had a successful solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of The Jam’s original compositions, and he played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker. Bruce Foxton provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band’s songs, including the hits "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", "The Eton Rifles", "Going Underground" and "Town Called Malice".


May 31, 2009
The Jam were awesome!

They were easily one of the best of the groups to come out from the Punk and New Wave era. The songs were just classic pop such as In the City, Going Underground, Start! (A Rip-Off of The Beatles' Taxman), Beat Surrender and Eating Trifles (Sorry, I ment Eton Rifles!).

One thing that bugs me though, they are doing a tour at the moment, and where on earth is Paul Weller? That's like having Queen without Freddie Mercury or Blondie without Debbie Harry, something's not right!

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