The Jam were a British Punk Rock
band from The Seventies
and early Eighties
who spearheaded the "mod revival" movement.
Throughout its career (except for a short period in the beginning), its lineup was as follows:
- Paul Weller - vocals, guitar
- Bruce Foxton - bass, backing vocals
- Rick Buckler - drums
While sharing the sociopolitical outrage and fast tempos of their contemporaries such as the Sex Pistols
and The Clash
, The Jam distinguished themselves by their love for The Sixties
mod scene - whereas other punksters wore ripped clothes and played amateurishly, The Jam wore neatly tailored suits in imitation of The Who
and drew on a wide variety of influences such as Soul
and R&B, The Who
, Power Pop
, Psychedelic Rock
, Pop Punk
and New Wave
. Their songs were distinguished by their accessible, poppy hooks and Weller's highly-acclaimed lyrics, whose sociopolitical criticism and distinct "Englishness" drew comparisons to Ray Davies
. They became one of the most popular bands of the late-70's and early 80's in Britain.
After the band broke up, Paul Weller formed The Style Council, pursuing his interests in stuff like Soul and Jazz music, among other genres.
In 2007, Foxton and Buckler re-united as "From The Jam", with Russell Hastings and David Moore, playing Jam songs. Foxton also played with Weller on the latter's 2010 album "Wake Up The Nation". However, Paul Weller has ruled out a full re-union in the strongest possible terms.
- In the City (1977)
- This Is the Modern World (1977)
- All Mod Cons (1978)
- Setting Sons (1979)
- Sound Affects (1980)
- The Gift (1982)
- In the City
- All Around the World
- A Bomb in Wardour Street
- Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
- The Eton Rifles
- Going Underground
- That's Entertainment
- Town Called Malice
- Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?
- The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)