THE JAM Played Their Final Gig 40 Years Ago Today

11 December 2022

On 11 December 1982, 40 years ago today, THE JAM played their last ever concert in Brighton, UK. It was frontman and songwriter Paul Weller who wanted to move on and start other musical projects. Between 1977 and 1982 the band released six excellent albums – with the 1977 brilliant All Mod Cons LP as my absolute favourite – and no less than 19 hit singles. Although The Jam formed in the 70s punk era the trio’s work was more influenced by R & B, 60s beat music and ‘angry young men‘ rock ‘n’ roll.

Last month a book about The Jam‘s final year was issued. A richly illustrated oral history account of THE JAM’s rollercoaster final year, led principally by the voice of Jam drummer Rick Buckler, contains a number of previously unseen images and takes in everything from the recording and release of final studio album The Gift and the rigours of the road to the announcement of the split, the final tours, The Tube and more. Order info: here

Three Of TUTV’s fav Jams.




THE JAM: Bio – Discography

7-Inch History – THE JAM 40 Years Ago With Their Final Single ‘BEAT SURRENDER’

Great 7″ singles/sleeves/vinyl from the past

4 December 2022

Band: The Jam
Song: Beat Surrender 

There were two formats available. A double 7″ and a 12″ single version
featuring cover versions of The Chi-Lites‘ ‘Stoned Out of My Mind‘, Curtis
‘s ‘Move on Up’ and Edwin Starr‘s ‘War’.

Beat Surrender was The Jam‘s final single.
It topped the charts in the UK on 4 Dec 1982,
40 years ago today.

Turn up the beat…

THE JAM: Biography

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 Scored First No 1 Hit Single In The UK With ‘GOING UNDERGROUND’ This Day In 1980

Top singles from the past

22 March 2022

Band: The Jam
Single: Going Underground
A stand-alone one

B-side: Dreams Of Children
Released: 14 March 1980
Score: topping the UK Charts on 22 March – 41 years ago
The band’s first No 1 hit in the UK

Note:  The song was actually released as a double A-side
with ‘Dreams of Children’, which originally was planned to be
the only A-side. After a mix-up at the pressing plant, the single
eventually became a double A-side, but radio stations played
the melodic ‘Going Underground’

Jam it up…

THE JAM: BioDiscography