The Jam

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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 'All Mod Cons' album was scrapped in a trying period for the band with Weller temporarily lacking motivation. However the revised version of the album was well received and three more successful albums followed: 'Setting Sons', 'Sound Affects' and 'The Gift'. The group became synonymous with the 70s/80s mod scene (partly against their will), 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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The Jam - This Is The Modern World album art The Jam This Is The Modern World (Album) Polydor US 1977 Sell This Version
The Jam - In The City album art The Jam In The City (Album) Polydor US 1977 Sell This Version
The Jam - All Mod Cons album art The Jam All Mod Cons (Album) Polydor, Polydor UK 1978 Sell This Version
The Jam - Setting Sons album art The Jam Setting Sons (Album, Comp) Polydor, Polydor, Polydor Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
The Jam - In Concert-219 album art The Jam In Concert-219 BBC Transcription Services UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Jam - Sound Affects album art The Jam Sound Affects (Album) Polydor Japan 1980 Sell This Version
RL 11-1 The Jam - Sound Effects / The Fool Circle album art The Jam / Nazareth (2) The Jam / Nazareth (2) - Sound Effects / The Fool Circle(LP, Transcription) AFRTS, American Forces Radio And Television Service, United States Department Of Defense RL 11-1 US 1980 Sell This Version
#223 The Jam - BBC Rock Hour #223 album art The Jam BBC Rock Hour #223(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #223 US 1981 Sell This Version
none The Jam - Radio Interview Recordings album art The Jam / The Stranglers The Jam / The Stranglers - Radio Interview Recordings(LP, Ltd, W/Lbl, Int) BBC Radio 1 none UK 1981 Sell This Version
The Jam - The Gift album art The Jam The Gift (Album) Polydor, Polydor Norway 1982 Sell This Version
The Jam - Dig The New Breed album art The Jam Dig The New Breed (Album) Polydor, Polydor UK 1982 Sell This Version
CN 04033/S The Jam - In Concert-282 album art Spandau Ballet / The Jam Spandau Ballet / The Jam - In Concert-282(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 04033/S UK 1982 Sell This Version
The Jam - The Jam Live At The 100 Club 11th September 1977 album art The Jam The Jam Live At The 100 Club 11th September 1977 Receiver Records Limited UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Jam - Live Jam album art The Jam Live Jam (Album, Comp) Polydor US 1993 Sell This Version
The Jam - The Jam At The BBC album art The Jam The Jam At The BBC (Comp, Album) Polydor, Universal Europe 2002 Sell This Version
0602537185955 The Jam - Copenhagen April 1982 album art The Jam Copenhagen April 1982(LP) Polydor 0602537185955 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0602537946983 The Jam - Live At The Brighton Centre December 1979 album art The Jam Live At The Brighton Centre December 1979(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Polydor, UMC 0602537946983 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
The Jam - About The Young Idea album art The Jam About The Young Idea (Comp) Eagle Vision UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
4738610 The Jam - Fire And Skill album art The Jam Fire And Skill(Box + 6xCD) Polydor, Universal UMC 4738610 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
4747449 The Jam - Live At Newcastle City Hall 28th October 1980 album art The Jam Live At Newcastle City Hall 28th October 1980(2xLP, Ltd) Polydor, Universal UMC 4747449 UK 2015 Sell This Version
0602547930620 The Jam - Live At Reading University 16th February 1979 album art The Jam Live At Reading University 16th February 1979(2xLP) Polydor, Universal UMC 0602547930620 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
0602547930569 The Jam - The Jam Live At The Music Machine 2nd March 1978 album art The Jam The Jam Live At The Music Machine 2nd March 1978(2xLP, Ltd, RM, 180) Polydor, Universal UMC 0602547930569 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
602557141092 The Jam - The Jam Live At The Hammersmith Palais 14th December 1981 album art The Jam The Jam Live At The Hammersmith Palais 14th December 1981(2xLP, RM) Polydor, UMC 602557141092 UK 2017 Sell This Version
0602557141122 The Jam - Live At Wembley Arena 2nd December 1982 album art The Jam Live At Wembley Arena 2nd December 1982(2xLP, Album) Polydor, UMC 0602557141122 Europe 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Jam - I Need You (For Someone) album art The Jam I Need You (For Someone) (Single) Polydor, Polydor US 1977 Sell This Version

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jammyspur

jammyspur

May 21, 2020
I've managed to track down over 100 of these and as you said some obscure album tracks on them
idjitsavant

idjitsavant

May 17, 2020
Sky is the limit with these cheap easy to produce flexi pressings I would guess. Could be anything and everything. Its not just like they even stick to official singles either - it's really obscure random stuff.
jammyspur

jammyspur

March 5, 2020
Does anyone know how many singles/tracks were released as Russian Flexi Discs(BYA KOH Label)?I have 14 of them but unsure if there were anymore
BigDope

BigDope

March 9, 2018
Anyone know anything about an LP, The Jam "The Boston Tea Party - Live At The Paradise Ballroom, Boston '79" It states "For Radio Station Use Only On The Following
Boston Colleges
Rochford Campus
Chestnut Hill Campus
Wheelock College
Kings Boston Pine Manor College Campus
Campus Tan

Limited to an edition of 30
fulhambob

fulhambob

May 4, 2017
Can someone confirm whether all the singles were re-released in 1983, or just up to Start!?
damianjfarrell

damianjfarrell

February 2, 2017
The Jam had 6 album's. all the others are not of new material so should be in with compilations.
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 19, 2017
Formed by Paul Weller at the tender age of fourteen, the Jam started out as a mod-influenced punk band and quickly evolved into the biggest rock band in late 1970s and early '80s Britain. Their bracing, often lyrically bleak, explorations of modern English life ensured that they wouldn't find the same success in America as they did in the rest of the world but the Jam enjoyed a huge cult following on both sides of the Atlantic.
A tight, blistering trio that was initially influenced by the early Who, the Jam also openly embraced and celebrated the work of the Kinks, Beatles, Small Faces, and classic soul at a time when most punk bands were pretending to be disdainful of everything that came before them. The band was renown for its high-energy live sets, the sound of which was captured on their first two albums -- In the City and This is The Modern World. Even on these early albums the band was displaying a stronger melodic quality than most acts linked to the punk scene but Paul Weller's songwriting took a giant leap forward with 1978's classic All Mod Cons. The album earned a rabid critical reception and went Top Ten throughout Europe, a fate shared by the vastly more sophisticated Setting Sons (1979) and Sound Effects (1980),
a vivid merging of '60s psychedelia and punk. The Jam kept up a hectic touring and recording schedule as they kicked off an extended string of No. 1 U.K. pop singles with "Going Underground." The band's final full-length effort, The Gift (1982), combined spiky rock with elements of classic soul and contained the Motown-etched, kitchen sink drama of "A Town Called Malice," which became an alternative radio staple in the U.S. The trio was at their peak of popularity when Weller broke up the band in 1982 (reportedly because he didn't want the band to end up like the Who and the Stones).
Weller went on to have great success with the Style Council and a solo career but the Jam continue to be so popular in Britain that a costly retrospective box set or their work reached the U.K. Top Ten in 1997, fifteen years after the band called it a day.
rob.conger

rob.conger

December 8, 2016
Looking for a band called The Jam from Oregon, who had a single on what was known as Sire records... I've seen a photo... it says "the Jam" Sire 005 on the label... any info? saianjuma1@aol.com

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