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The Jam bassist: ‘There’s no need to get back together, but never say never’

Bruce Foxton also says he's 'good buddies' with Paul Weller again these days

The Jam‘s former bassist Bruce Foxton has addressed the possibility of the band reuniting.

The mod outfit came to an abrupt end in 1982 with frontman Paul Weller wishing to pursue other projects.

Foxton recently stated he had been hopeful that all three members of the group would reunite publicly for the first time to launch the band’s new retrospective exhibition currently taking place in London, however drummer Rick Buckler failed to attend.

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Now, penning an article for The Telegraph, Foxton says that he is “good buddies” with singer Weller now but feels there’s “no need” for the band to “get back together for the sake of it”. He added: “I’d never say never, though”.

Foxton writes of the band’s original split: “When Paul announced he was leaving I didn’t know if I could go on with the tour. At each venue fans would ask us why we were splitting up, and at that stage neither Rick nor I knew the answer because it was entirely Paul’s decision: he wanted a clear end to the Jam, and although we tried to talk him round, we had to respect his wishes.”

“I felt empty for months, not knowing what to do with myself. I didn’t feel any animosity towards Paul, because he wanted to try something new. In a way, when he came out with the Style Council I was pleased because it provided us with something of an answer. They sounded very different from The Jam, and went in a musical direction that Rick and I probably wouldn’t have been on board with anyway.”

“I never felt jealous of Paul’s solo success. We didn’t speak or see each other for years after the breakup, but I am good buddies with him again now.”

Addressing a possible reunion for the group, Foxton added: “The Jam have never reunited. I’ve played with Rick in From The Jam, and appeared with Paul at the Royal Albert Hall over the years, but never the three of us together. We are all in good places now: I’m recording a new album, Rick’s got an autobiography out, and Paul’s still riding high. We’re happy doing our own thing, so there’s no need to get back together for the sake of it. I’d never say never, though.”

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The exhibition, entitled ‘The Jam: About the Young Idea’, has been curated by Weller’s sister Nicky and runs at London’s Somerset House. The show features handwritten lyrics, stage outfits, photographs, unreleased music videos, instruments and more.

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Meanwhile, Weller recently said that there’s “not enough money in the world” to persuade him to reform The Jam.

“I’m not a nostalgic person,” he told the Guardian, also stating that he would decline a Style Council reunion.

“Not enough money in the world to do that. I like now. I like today. I don’t want to spend my time trying to recapture something that can’t be recaptured.”
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