The Jam Biography

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The Jam were certainly one of the very best bands to come out of the entire U.K. punk/New Wave explosion--perhaps better than the Clash and the Sex Pistols combined. It's often been argued that they were much too British to make it in America, and, for once, such an argument might actually be correct.

Starting out as a full-on punk unit (with '60s British mod affectations), the power trio--fronted by Paul Weller, and also featuring Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler--continued to evolve throughout their all-too brief career. And by the third LP, Weller's romantic pessimism about England (and the world) merged with a newfound melodic sense, creating songs nearly as good as the ones his idols, Ray Davies and Pete Townshend, were serving a decade before.

The band never did crack the U.S. market, however (they were superstars in the U.K. and Japan), and after a latter flirtation with a more white R&B-ish/soul revue (complete with horns during their final tour), Weller disbanded the Jam to form Style Council, and then to pursue an acclaimed (at least in England) solo career. The uninitiated may want to start their Jam quest with Compact Snap! (though the CD has been shortened from the vinyl version) and Extras, both excellent compilations.


This Biography was written by Bill Holdship

Thanks to Tahirou Soumare for submitting the biography.

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GLASGOW APOLLO NIGHTS | Reviewer: TAM THE JAM | 11/21/13

I WAS INTO THE JAM FROM DAY ONE, HEARD "IN THE CITY" AND THE REST THEY SAY IS HISTORY. IN THE LATE 70'S THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE THEM IN THE MUSIC SCENE AND "LIVE" THERE IS STILL NOTHING TO COMPARE....PURE CLASS....IN STIRLING THERE WAS A BIG JAM FOLLOWING AND STILL IS. THEY WERE QUALITY DAYS WITH QUALITY TUNES FROM THEE QUALITY BAND..PAUL, BRUCE AND RICK THANK YOU...THIS IS A MODERN WORLD

Best and most under rated band of my Generation | Reviewer: Thomas | 6/7/13

I followed the Jam from the beginning. My first record was picture cover of the 7" single All Around the World. I went out the next day and bought "In the City" I still listen to the music and am always amazed at just how good the music and lyrics were. They were an amazing band. Very under rated. The live shows were amazing, the nergy and effort and the sound that three guys generated un real. So all the Glasgow Apoolo gigs as well as Strachclyde Uni. Travelled to see them at Hammersmith. When you compare this to todays "American Idol" etc...... The new bands would have simply just been blown off stage by Msrs Weller, Foxton and Buckler.
So much more than just a Punk band. The music sounds as good today as it did then, I just got older!!!!

the woking wonders | Reviewer: boy about town | 10/23/11

i was quite late getting into punk/new wave and it was the jam who made me realize that the new bands were so vital to the music scene.Unlike a lot of `rock stars` weller spoke and had probably had a similar childhood like myself.They had the tunes they had the balls and they had the style.Fire and skill.

teenage explosion | Reviewer: wack | 4/12/11

the first time i clocked the cover of an album called "in the city" i knew i had hear it.from the first power chords of art school i was hooked!power,passion and anger(never forget the anger)i played it over and over again much to the despair of mum and dad.over the albums that followed i found it strange that someone who i`d never meet seemed to know so much about the way i viewed the world(somehow i don`t think i`m the only one).but the jam where more than weller`s song writing and thrashing rickenbacker,buckler`s fantastic drumming and foxton`s pounding bass.there were the clothers.smart and sharp they were to change the way i dressed.jam shoes,loafers,2-tones, fred perry`s,polka dot button down collar shirts we were the new mods!.if the records were great,the gigs were better.man,thoses nights were special.still give me goosebumps now.the sound splitting my head, the non-stop pogoing,singing along and chanting they were never to be forgotten.and then it was over,all to briefly the band that shaped my teenage years split.gone but never,ever to be forgotten.long live the jam,proud to have been there!


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