Jam, The

Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler

Also known as Jam

Profile of the performer Jam, The: 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 Tracy (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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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label of release
1 All Mod Cons 12 mp3, CD 1997-07-00 Polydor
2 Beat Surrender 14 mp3, CD 1993
3 Sound Affects 11 mp3, CD 1980 Metronome
4 Town Called Malice / Precious 2 mp3, CD 1982 Metronome
5 Snap! 29 mp3, CD 1983-09-00 Metronome
6 In The City 2 mp3, CD 1977-05-00 Polydor
7 Jam, The - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) 3 mp3, CD 1982-09-00
8 Beat Surrender 2 mp3, CD 1982-11-00 Polydor
9 Going Underground 2 mp3, CD 1980-03-10
10 Start! 2 mp3, CD 1980-08-18 Polydor
11 All Around The World 2 mp3, CD 1980-04-00 Polydor
12 The Modern World 4 mp3, CD 1977-10-00 Polydor
13 Jam, The - David Watts / David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street 2 mp3, CD 1978-08-00 Polydor
14 Jam, The - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight Down In The Tube Station At Midnight 3 mp3, CD 1978-10-00 Polydor
15 That's Entertainment 2 mp3, CD 1980 Polydor
16 This Is The Modern World 12 mp3, CD 1977-11-00
17 News Of The World 3 mp3, CD 1978-02-00 Polydor
18 Strange Town 2 mp3, CD 1979-03-00
19 When You're Young / Smithers-Jones 2 mp3, CD 1979-08-25
20 The Eton Rifles 2 mp3, CD 1979-11-00
21 Funeral Pyre 2 mp3, CD 1981-05-00 Polydor
22 Town Called Malice / Precious 2 mp3, CD 1982
23 Town Called Malice / Precious 2 mp3, CD 1982 Polydor
24 Town Called Malice / Precious 2 mp3, CD 1982
25 Mr. Clean 2 mp3, CD 1979-06-00 Polydor
26 This Is The Modern World 13 mp3, CD 1977 Polydor
27 Snap! 29 mp3, CD 1983-10-00 Polydor
28 Sound Affects 11 mp3, CD 1980-11-00 Polydor
29 Greatest Hits 15 mp3, CD 1991 PolyGram Music Video
30 Absolute Beginners 2 mp3, CD 1981-10-24
31 Snap! 34 mp3, CD 1983-09-07
32 All Mod Cons 12 mp3, CD 1978-11-00
33 The Gift 11 mp3, CD 1982-03-00 Polydor
34 Setting Sons 10 mp3, CD 1979-11-00 Polydor
35 Jam, The - Dig The New Breed Dig The New Breed 14 mp3, CD 1982-12-00
36 All Mod Cons / Setting Sons 22 mp3, CD 1982 Polydor
37 Compact Snap! 21 mp3, CD 1997 Polydor
38 In The City 12 mp3, CD 1977-05-00 Polydor
39 A Town Called Malice 2 mp3, CD 1982 Polydor
40 That's Entertainment 2 mp3, CD 1980 Metronome
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