THE JAM – Striking Debut Album ‘IN THE CITY’ Released 40 Years Ago…


‘In The City’ by THE JAM
Released 20 May 1977

Led by angry young man PAUL WELLER the rousing mod punk trio THE JAM released their smashing debut LP IN THE CITY forty years ago – on 20 May 1977. The start of a brilliant career with six albums – from good to perfect – that ended when Weller decided to take other directions. Only last week The Modfather released ‘A Kind Revolution‘, already his 13th solo album. But let’s go back in time today, back to the heyday of punk, back to 1977.

What the press said about THE JAM‘s debut…

“Armed and extremely dangerous The Jam stalk the decrepit grooves. If you don’t like them, hard luck they’re gonna be around for a long time. It’s been a long time since albums actually reflected pre-20 delusions and this one does”.

“Paul Weller captures that entire teen frustration vibe with the melodic grace and dynamic aplomb of early Kinks and Who…”

“In the City is a remarkable debut and stands as one of the landmark punk albums…”

“Weller’s songs are anything but an embarrassment, he has a deft touch that places his
material on a much higher plateau…”

Music, maestro, please. Here are some knockout highlights…




Here’s the rough diamond in full…

THE JAM: Biography – Discography



  1. Opher · May 19, 2017

    I love the Jam but Weller leaves me cold. He comes over as too arrogant and up his own arse.


    • JL · May 19, 2017

      I see your point. From zero to hero…


  2. hotfox63 · May 20, 2017

    As debut album it’s hard to imagine how this one could be any better. 1977 was a period of conflicting musical styles. The 60s impact of the The Beatles and The Who could still be felt, there was the arrival of disco and the explosion of punk. This album is a great reflection of these uncertain musical times.

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