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The Jam

Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:18 pm

The Jam were an English Punk rock/New Wave/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes, and they 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 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 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 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".

Or to put it another way, as John Weller, the Jam's manager and Paul's Dad said: "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the best band in the faaaaaaaaaaacking world".

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:26 pm

An incredible band, fronted by an exceptional talent in Paul Weller . . . Many of their recordings, amidst a string of sensational hit-singles, became instant classics; and I love almost everything they done. And Weller went from strength-to-strength with The Style Council and as a solo artist -- but those recordings with The Jam make for one of the finest bodies of work ever to come out of the British music scene, and are as fresh, thrilling and vibrant as the day they were recorded.

Now THAT'S entertainment!!!!

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:28 pm

Greystoke, have to agree 100% mate!

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Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:56 pm

greystoke wrote:An incredible band, fronted by an exceptional talent in Paul Weller . . . Many of their recordings, amidst a string of sensational hit-singles, became instant classics; and I love almost everything they done. And Weller went from strength-to-strength with The Style Council and as a solo artist -- but those recordings with The Jam make for one of the finest bodies of work ever to come out of the British music scene, and are as fresh, thrilling and vibrant as the day they were recorded.

Now THAT'S entertainment!!!!



Well said and SPOT on!