Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from This Is the Modern World (Remastered) by The Jam, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

This Is the Modern World (Remastered)

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

As is so often the case for overnight successes, the Jam rush-recorded their sophomore effort during a hurried schedule to capitalize on the debut. This, combined with Paul Weller's various personal distractions and temporary lack of interest, led to less than satisfying results, especially in comparison to In the City. This Is the Modern World can be faulted for borrowed Who licks, pale rewrites of the debut, somewhat clichéd sloganeering, and unfinished ideas, but there were still some moments of inspiration, especially in more introspective Weller songs like "Life From a Window" and "I Need You (For Someone)" — both songs feature personal sentiments that the debut was clearly missing. This Is the Modern World is a flawed album by Jam standards, but it would certainly have received praise had it been released by another band. [The U.S. edition added the single "All Around the World" and features a different track order.]

Customer Reviews


In retrospect, this is Weller moving from the raw punk/new wave power of In the City to something more reflective. Life from a Window is an all-time favourite, the image of the lonely voyeur as moving as that in Ray Davies' Waterloo Sunset. For the proto-political Weller, check out Standards and the Combine. Bruce Foxton's Don't Tell Them You're Sane is the sort of thing that only a true fan is likely to love now, but there are plenty of them around.

Hidden gems

Totally agree. This album was unfairly overlooked, probably for having too many melodic tunes. Life from a window, I need you, Tonight at noon- show real beauty . They're all time faves and rank among his best, even if he or others don't think so. 3 albums in 2 years. He was a clever geezer was Paul.

Flawless, timeless, beautiful in its own way

I must have bought this when I was 15. Hearing it again all these years later brings the same goosebumps. Fantastic stuff. What is there not to love about this album???!!!


Formed: 1975 in Woking, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Jam were the most popular band to emerge from the initial wave of British punk rock in 1977; along with the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and the Buzzcocks, the Jam had the most impact on pop music. While they could barely get noticed in America, the trio became genuine superstars in Britain, with an impressive string of Top Ten singles in the late '70s and early '80s. The Jam could never have a hit in America because they were thoroughly and defiantly British. Under the direction of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter...
Full bio