It’s the second post of the day and how better to wrap up today’s blogging than to talk about a bit of musical class which is known as The Jam.
The Jam are a Mod (revolutionary social class which rode scooters on Brighton Beach) band which were formed in 1972 consisting of Paul Weller, Steve Brookes, Rick Buckler, Dave Waller and Bruce Foxton.
The genius behind this is none other than Paul Weller who managed to create a band which combined the swing of the Beatles with their own council house style, The Jam enjoyed ten years of being the band responsible for future talents in the UK. They prided themselves on explicit lyrics relatable to council house kids whilst upholding their image which was strictly smart suits and polished shoes.
The Jam was Paul Weller’s love child which he used to take advantage of the nation needing a band to unite them after the era of The Beatles and did they do that? Of course they fucking did. They literally caused a revolution by releasing songs you’ll be familiar with from family parties which are ‘Town Called Malice’ and ‘Eton Rifles’
The style was very guitar heavy and revolved repetitive quirky songs made especially for dancing at the many dance clubs around at the time, during the 70’s people used to go out for dancing and rehearse their routines in their bedrooms all week to stand out from the crowd. It was a far far cry from the Jäger bombs and fingering on the dancefloor we are so accustomed to now.
The Jam were responsible for bands such as The Smiths and The Stone Roses, they inspired young people everywhere to pick up a guitar and sing lyrics which meant something (another thing which has been well and truly lost these days)
The band unfortunately ended in 1982 after just ten years due to Paul Weller having fresh ideas which needed to be under another brand. Enter The Style Council.
We are now at the part where I’m going to push some music onto you by them which you definitely need to listen to if you’re into any form of decent music:
Give that absolute piece of gold a listen to and I promise you that you’ll be hooked and wonder why your sorry little self hasn’t heard a note of theirs before.
This is the second of the two posts that I promised you today because I neglected you all for alcohol.
Feedback is the key for me so I’d appreciate any ideas or concepts you’d like me to look at.
You can’t live a lie. You have to follow your heart – Paul Weller.