But I'm quite happy with what I've got.
People might say that I should strive for more,
But I'm so happy I can't see the point.
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 '60s 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, Post-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, before embarking on a long and fruitful solo career.
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.
Not to be confused with either the Justified Ancients of MuMu or JAM Project.
- 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)
- Bowdlerise: The album version of "The Modern World" has the lyrics "I don't give two fucks about your review". For the radio single, Paul Weller didn't "give a damn" instead.
- 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".
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" actually has a heartbeat at certain points.
- The London Underground: The setting of "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight".
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: At the beginning of their career, their songs were generally on the harder end of 5. Later albums (from All Mod Cons on) drop into 3-4 territory with increasing frequency, and also have the odd song ("English Rose" is perhaps the best example) that gets as low as a 1-2.
- 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 Nineteen Eighty-Four, backhandedly comparing The Party to the real-world establishment."Look, you know what happened to Winston!"
- Slobs vs. 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