Music: The Jam
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
- 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)
- Break Up Breakout: Paul Weller, who subsequently started the Style Council with Mick Talbot before becoming a successful and highly influential solo performer concurrently with the Britpop era.
- Cool Shades
- Cover Version: "Slow Down" by Larry Williams, the Batman theme, "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett, "David Watts" by The Kinks, "Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas, "So Sad About Us" and "Disguises" by The Who. There is also a demo of "I Feel Good" (James Brown) which was issued in a compilation.
- English Rose: "English Rose", which is about the protagonist's desire to see and to be with the titular woman.
- Genre Shift: While they didn't completely abandon their Power Pop and Punk Rock styles, later albums reflect Weller's increasing interest in American soul music (the main thing he would pursue in the Style Council).
- Greatest Hits Album: A few. Their first, Snap!, is probably the best, as it collects all their non-album singles, plus some b-sides, rarities, and album tracks. In fact, Allmusic calls Snap! "one of the greatest greatest-hits albums of all time".
- The London Underground: The setting of "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight".
- Protest Song: Most notably "Eton Rifles", "Going Underground" and "Town Called Malice".
- Punny Name: Sound Affects and Setting Sons.
- Rock Trio: In an archetypal form.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The mod style.
- Shout-Out: "Standards" has a whole verse that references 1984, backhandedly comparing The Party to the real-world establishment."Look, you know what happened to Winston!"
- Slobs Versus Snobs: Paul Weller was inspired to write "The Eton Rifles" by an incident in Slough, where Eton College cadets heckled a Right To Work protest march. The protesters, thinking they could put 'posh schoolboys' in their place, were provoked into physical violence against the cadets, only to be outclassed by the cadets' military training.
- Three Chords and the Truth