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    The Jam

    The most rockinest rippinest bass-lines of my teenage years.







    Nice smartly dressed young men - not like them scruffy punk rockers!!!




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    Rick Buckler still looks like hard case 40 years later.

    He has that curiously authentic British football hooligan flavour of hardness.


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    Would have loved to have seen them live back in the day.

    A great era for music the 1979 Mod revival scene.

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    Nice smartly dressed young men - not like them scruffy punk rockers!!!
    Their debut album "In the City" was one of the first elpees I ever bought. The music sounds like speeded up Small Faces or The Who, same as a lot of the first wave of UK punk at the time (76-77 era).
    They dressed differently to the punks (Sex Pistols invented the look, basically) at the time, but the music and especially lyrics; singing about your home environment, unemployment, alienation, etc was a breath of fresh air from listening to British musicians singing about Route 66, fairies, and LSD which was endemic of the 70's.
    Feckin great live band as well. Saw them a few times before Weller split the band in the early 80's.


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    Written about the town I grew up in.



    That's why I fucked off to Asia

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Their debut album "In the City" was one of the first elpees I ever bought.
    Top stuff Kmart.

    I think the saved the best for last with The Gift






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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Saw them a few times before Weller split the band in the early 80's.
    Saw them in '79 on the 'Setting Sons' tour, and again in 81/2? on the 'Running on the Spot' tour. Great gigs both.

    Looking back, those two singles above suggest it was the correct decision to split, but it definitely didn't feel like that at the time.

    I was a Jam fanatic.

    Great live band. Their best LP for me was 'All Mod Cons'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    I bought that in a record store in West Bromwich shopping centre immediately after watching the Albion beat Man City 4-0. Tormented by two players we'd bought from them..Peter Barnes and Gary Owen.

    Yeah, that was a good day for me at 15 years old.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Their finest song, imo. Weller wrote it at about age 20 yo.

    Great comeback single after a poor 2nd album ("This Is The Modern World").

    The punk bands in '77 got put under a lot of pressure by their record companies to cash in on the notoriety and success of punk, hence poor follow-up second albums (after fantastic debuts), rushed out onto the market by the likes of the Stranglers, Clash, Damned, and The Jam, etc.
    The good bands weathered the storm and the fads to create some good (and influential) music afterwards.
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