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

‘IN THE CITY’ by THE JAM
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…

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.
Three highlights.
That’s entertainment…

IN THE CITY

TAKIN’ MY LOVE

NON-STOP DANCING

The rough ride in full…

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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…

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THE JAM: BioDiscography

‘SOUND AFFECTS’ – Fifth Album By THE JAM Released 40 Years Ago Today

28 November 2020

Band: THE JAM
Album: SOUND AFFECTS – fifth LP

Released: 28 November 1980 – 40 years ago today
Score: #2 in the UK and New-Zealand

BBC Music wrote: “With six released in five years, each one of the Jam’s albums is a distinct stage on Paul Weller’s journey from callow, Thatcher-supporting yoof to mature writer with more on his mind than just teenage angst and political disatisfaction… Sound Affects shows
a band that was being pushed by its leader slightly beyond their level of ability. Buckler and Foxton’s propulsive acumen was already falling behind Weller’s ambitions. After the full-on
soul revival of The Gift he was to abandon the three-piece for pastures new. But on this LP
you get to hear the Jam at their absolute peak.”

Paul Weller: “Pop music was supposed to be a flash in the pan, but here we are 50 years
later and it means something to us, and it always will do. It’s incredibly important.”

Turn Up The Volume: Unforgettable band, unforgettable records, unforgettable
singles, unforgettable outfits, unforgettable gigs… that’s entertainment!.

Singles/clips: Start! / That’s Entertainment

– START! –

– THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT –

Full album…

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THE JAM: All Albums