Icons of the 80s Part 3 - The Jam

The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band who formed in Surrey in 1972. The lineup consisted of Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, Rick Buckler and Steve Brookes (who left before the recording of their debut album). In their early years the band covered American rock and roll artists, until Weller discovered the life-changing influence of The Who. This was where their sound and style took a new direction. The band found that following the mod lifestyle gave them a base to write from, and The Jam as we know them today, were born.
Signed to Polydor Records by Chris Parry in 1977, The Jam's debut single titled "In The City" was released in April of the same year. This song did particularly well and was featured in the Top 40. Their debut album was released shortly afterwards containing loud, rock anthems. A second album followed later that year, one which was picked up by John Peel and played in it's entirety on his show.
Throughout their duration as a band, The Jam released six studio albums and one live album. They also scored eighteen consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK. Their most notable hits include: "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", "The Eton Rifles", "Going Underground", "That's Entertainment" and "Town Called Malice".
After the group split in 1982, Paul Weller formed The Style Council with Mick Talbot from The Merton Parkas. They went on to split in 1989. After this Weller kick started his solo career and went on to achieve much success, which is ongoing to this day.


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