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Editors’ Notes

One of the most auspicious debuts in British rock history, the Jam’s In the City draws from three primary sources: the slashing anger of punk, the dancefloor energy of the ‘60s Mod scene, and the irrepressible frustration of Britain’s youth in the late ‘70s. As a self-appointed spokesman for the young masses, 21-year-old frontman Paul Weller speaks from the perspective of the all-encompassing “we.” And like his hero Pete Townshend before him, he tackles the issues that matter most to his age bracket. He assaults the decaying ideas of the older generation (“Time for Truth,” “Bricks and Mortar,” “Art School”) and tears into teenage romance and identity politics (“Away From the Numbers,” “Sounds from the Street,” “I Got By In Time”). The album’s centerpiece is “In the City,” an explosive expression of youthful optimism. Where their peers looked to the disaffected assaults of the Stooges, the Jam borrows the rollicking energy of Motown. Covers of Larry Williams’ “Slow Down” and Neal Hefti’s “Batman Theme” are obvious dancefloor nods, but even in its angriest moments In the City is more party than punk.

Customer Reviews

the ONLY album that's IMPORTANT !!!

FINALLY ! the jam's first album...they realy worked their butts off and putting this gem is something this band REALLY deserves. LONG LIVE THE JAM !!! XP

Incredible debut !!!

An all time classic -- to think Paul Weller was only 17-18 yrs old when they recorded this is amazing for his age !! Wow

Uber Maximum R&B!!!

I’ve been listening to this album for years. Paul has some really great stuff in his catalog, but this one is really special. This had the punk attitude and energy of 1977 England, but the musical sensibilities of American Soul and R&B, as well as influence from the Kinks and the Who. Such a great album.

Biography

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...
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