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

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‘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…

RECORD MIRROR
“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”.

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

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

MELODY MAKER
“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…

IN THE CITY

TAKIN’ MY LOVE

NON-STOP DANCING

Here’s the rough diamond in full…

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THE JAM: Biography – Discography

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

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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…