I always find comfort in music. Lately that comfort has been Spotify's The Jam Radio station (which, in addition to giving me a daily large dose of The Jam, helps me get my daily fix of The Smiths, James, The Clash, Iggy Pop, Echo & The Bunnymen, Pulp, Primal Scream, and so on). This mix gets me through every day. I also keep Sound Effects saved on my phone. It is a perfect album (which is how I define I album in which I love every song - plus just look at the album cover!).
For those who are unaware, The Jam were a punk/mod revival band that formed in Woking, Surrey, England in 1972 and were together until 1982. They had 18 hits in the Top 40 between '77 and '82). The Jam disbanded the year I was born (the month after I was born to be exact), but I still get to enjoy every single song they created in that 10-year time space. Perks of living in this "This is the modern world that I've learnt about."
I love the late 70s/early 80s punk scene. Somewhere along the line, people started to think of punk as only screaming and mosh pits, but the truth is, many punk bands like The Jam knew how to incorporate their message with touches of beat, mod melodies, soul and blues, rock, and near the end, the new wave scene. Paul Weller, Rick Buckler, and Bruce Foxton also did it rocking suits and other mod inspired threads that paired well with Doc Martens.
These are just some of the reasons I want to share my love of this band with you. I have curated a collection of some of my favorite songs by The Jam and my hope is that you not only enjoy this collection, but also track down more of their music.
Town Called Malice
The Bitterest Pill
Boy About Town
The Modern World
The Butterfly Collector
Man in the Cornershop