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The Jam were an English punk rock/new wave/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes, and they incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.

They had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?" remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK. They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.

The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, Soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk and new wave. The trio was known for its melodic pop songs, its distinctly English flavour and its mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form The Style Council and later had a successful solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of The Jam's original compositions, and he played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker. Bruce Foxton provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band's songs, including the hits "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", "The Eton Rifles", "Going Underground" and "Town Called Malice".

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The Jam News

The Jam to release career-spanning eight-disc boxset in November

The Jam to release career-spanning eight-disc boxset in November

Paul Weller writes introduction for comprehensive vinyl release, due out November 25

  • Oct 3, 2013

Paul Weller opens up about anniversary reissue of The Jam's last album The Gift

Paul Weller speaks to NME ahead of the deluxe anniversary reissue of the band's 1982 album

  • Sep 19, 2012

The Jam's 'Sound Affects' album to be reissued next month

Re-release includes covers of The Kinks and rare demos

  • Oct 11, 2010

The Jam's Bruce Foxton says he's friends again with Paul Weller

Bassist says he's contemplating a new From The Jam album

  • Aug 6, 2009

Paul Weller: 'I was right to split Jam - reunion is just cabaret'

Modfather will not be reuniting legendary trio any time soon

  • Jun 1, 2008

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