Waking Up… IN THE CITY

Works faster than caffeine

4 June 2022

Furious guitars, awesome bass lines, spot-on drums,
cutting pace, and the sneers of an angry young man.

This was THE JAM 45 years ago today when
they entered the UK Singles Charts for the first time,
with their razor-sharp debut single IN THE CITY.

Pump up the jam…

THE JAM – Riff Crazy Debut LP ‘IN THE CITY’ Released 45 Years Ago Today

Back in time

Released 20 May 1977

Led by angry young man PAUL WELLER mod-rock-punk trio THE JAM released their riff-crazy debut LP IN THE CITY forty-five years ago – on 20 May 1977. The start of a dazzling career with six hit LPs – from good to grand – that ended when Weller got tired of the band and decided to take other directions.

What the press said…

“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.
Three highlights.
That’s entertainment…




The rough ride in full…

THE JAM: Biography – Discography

THE JAM – Legendary British Mods Released Their Raging Debut Single ‘IN THE CITY’ 40 Years Ago…


Forty years ago – on 22 April 1977 – boiling three-piece THE JAM released their smashing debut single IN THE CITY. It was the British mods’ fiercest punk moment and the start of
a brilliant journey which saw the band evolving spectacularly, resulting in several top LP’s. The successful UK trio broke up in 1982 when angry young man, frontman and fabulous singer/songwriter Paul Weller, looking for other challenges, called it a day and started, after his The Style Council project, a tremendous solo career. And the iconic Modfather
still makes amazing records today (his last three albums are top!). The Jam were and still are one of my favorite bands from that glorious era of inventive teenage musicians using classic rock and roll, soul and blues to create something fresh, brisk and exciting out of it for their generation. Here’s that first cracker, still sounding razor-sharp and furious…

THE JAM: Biography – Discography

This is how NME introduced the band back then…