Sunday, July 26, 2009


A couple of post's ago I posted the Rifles Lp's. I stated that The Jam were one of my all time favorite bands. I never posted anything by them because I could never choose which record to post. I guess If I had to pick one It would be the Modern World. However, All Mod Cons, and Setting Sons would run a very close second. There all so good. Like my rant on the Rifles post about music in my country, The Jam are a perfect example of a unbelievably talented band that never got their just due here in the U.S. . Just read about the success they had around the globe. Only to be all but ignored here. It's shameful. I recently came across this record and at one listen I new this would be the one. If you are a fan, this will be a treat. If your only a half fan or maybe don't care for them, this should win you over, if it doesn't I guess nothing ever will. I think this record really captures (at least in their early day's), what made The Jam such a special band. I chose Wikipedia's info cause it's short and sweet. I'll include links at the bottom for you if you'd like to dig a little deeper. The Jam were an English Mod band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore neatly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes and incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock influences rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.
They had eighteen consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their breakup in 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?" remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK. They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.
The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk rock, pop punk and new wave. The trio was known for its melodic pop songs, its distinctly English flavour and its mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form The Style Council and later had a successful solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of The Jam’s original compositions, and he played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker. Bruce Foxton provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band’s songs, including the hits "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", "The Eton Rifles", "Going Underground" and "Town Called Malice


topper said...

Always liked them.....thanx Frank

Anonymous said...

Great to see a good write up...yeah it seems the Jam were bigger with Mod fans in the U.S. and serious musicians.
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P.s. I'm collecting Style Council singles and a live lp hopefully to post in the future as I really dig them--especially the video they did in the river park in U.K. on a boat.

josechu modforever said...

What can I say? : Fantastic Band.


Thanks for all of your excellent comments. They're greatly appreciated!!!

Mark Edward Lee said...

I was listening to my copy of this show this morning then decided to make it to a cd for my library and was looking for some artwork. Thus, found your GREAT site! Great stuff here, very sharp!
....Mark in CANADA


Thank you Mark!!