Friday, March 29, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Jam
The Jam was one of the most successful bands of the late 70s to early 80s in England. Start! was one of several number one hits. But they split up when they were unable to break into the US market. The leader of The Jam was guitarist, lead singer and songwriter Paul Weller. He started playing gigs with friends in his home town of Woking, Surrey, England in 1972. Eventually it turned into a band with Bruce Foxton on bass, Steve Brookes on guitar and Rich Buckler on drums. At first they were a cover band. Brookes left and they became a trio. The Jam signed with Polydor Records in 1977. They started to see success in England with the 1978 album All Mod Cons. Then they had their first number one hit in England with Going Underground in 1980. Start! also reached number one. It was the first single from the 1980 album Sound Affects. Start! is based on The Beatles 1966 hit Taxman. Weller lifted the guitar and bass riff. The Jam also had number one hits with Town Called Malice and Beat Surrender. But ultimately Weller disbanded The Jam because of their inability to break the US market. They split up after the 1982 album The Gift. This budget comp is a good intro to their music. Paul Weller formed The Style Council with Mick Talbot of The Merton Parkas. After a successful run, they split up in 1989. Weller has recorded solo since 1990. Bruce Foxton was a member of Stiff Little Fingers for many years. He currently leads The Jam tribute band From The Jam and announced plans to release a CD as Foxton. Back In the Room was released Oct. 2012. Here is the video for Start! by The Jam.