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The Jam


The Jam - Timeline

The Jam formed in Woking, Surrey, England, in 1972. The line-up was fluid at this stage, consisting of Paul Weller on guitar and lead vocals together with various friends at Sheerwater Secondary School. They played their first gigs at Michael's, a local club. The line-up began to solidify in the mid 1970s with Weller, guitarist Steve Brookes, Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler.

25-Feb-1977 The Jam signed to Polydor Records UK for £6,000 ($10,200).

2-Mar-1977 The Jam played the first of a five-week Wednesday night run at The Red Cow, Hammersmith, London.

29-Apr-1977 The Jam released their first single "In The City", which peaked at No.40 in the UK charts. Lyrically, the song is a celebration of youth in the big city, and of what Paul Weller called the "young idea", reflecting Weller's optimism for the punk movement.

23-July-1977 The Jam released their second single “All Around the World” which reached No.13 in the UK Singles Chart. The single was backed by the B-side, "Carnaby Street,"

15-Oct-1977 "The Modern World" was released as a single as the first and only single from the band's second album This Is the Modern World. The single version had slightly changed lyrics, replacing the words "I don't give two fucks about your review" with "I don't give a damn about your review".

26-Aug-1978 “David Watts" was released as the first single from their third studio album, All Mod Cons. Written by Ray Davies the track originally appeared on the The Kinks' 1967 album Something Else by the Kinks. The Jam version, which reached No.25 in the UK Singles Chart, featured bassist Bruce Foxton on vocals.

21-Oct-1978 "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" was released as the second single from the album All Mod Cons. It charted at No.15 in the UK and was backed by a cover of the Who song "So Sad About Us", and "The Night", written by Bruce Foxton. The back of the record jacket displayed a photo of Keith Moon former drummer of The Who who had died the month prior to the single's release.

3-Nov-1979 "The Eton Rifles" was released, (the only single to be released from the album Setting Sons), which became the band's first UK top ten hit peaking at No.3. In May 2008, Conservative leader and Old Etonian David Cameron named "The Eton Rifles" as one of his favourite songs.

10-Mar-1980 The Jam had their first UK No.1 with their tenth release, “Going Underground” the first single of the 80s to debut at No.1. on the chart. The single's B-side "Dreams of Children" was originally intended to be the A-side; but following a mix-up at the pressing plant, the single became a double-A-side.

11-Aug-1980 “Start” the lead single from the band's fifth album Sound Affects gave The Jam their second UK No.1.

24-Aug-1981 “Absolute Beginners” was released as a single. The song which was named after the Colin MacInnes novel of the same name was one of Paul Weller's favourites, being chosen by him when he appeared on Desert Island Discs.

13-Feb-1982 The Jam became the first band since The Beatles to play two numbers on the same edition of Top Of The Pops when they performed “A Town Called Malice”, and '”Precious”, their latest double A sided No.1 which debuted at No.1 in the UK Singles Chart. “A Town Called Malice” is played before every Millwall F.C. home game and is also played before the second half of Woking F.C. games when they play at their home ground Kingfield Stadium.

5-Nov-1982 Channel 4 TV's The Tube had its first showing. Presented by Paula Yates and Jools Holland, the show featured The Jam (playing “Beat Surrender”) and an interview with Mick Jagger. The show ran until 1987 and was named after the plexiglass tunnel, which led down into Studio Five at Tyne Tees TV, the place where all the stars from the 80’s subsequently appeared.

4-Dec-1982 The Jam were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Beat Surrender”, the group's fourth UK No.1 and final single.

11-Dec-1982 The Jam played their last ever gig as a band when they appeared in Brighton, England. Singer and guitarist Paul Weller formed The Style Council with keyboardist Mick Talbot and went on to enjoy a successful solo career. Rick Buckler went on to form Time UK and later The Gift and then formed From The Jam who Bruce Foxton later joined.

11-May-2015 Rick Buckler ‘s first book That's Entertainment: My Life in the Jam was published and went to No.1 on the Amazon music best sellers chart.

11-May-2015 The Jam: About the Young Idea exhibition opened at Somerset House, London. The first comprehensive exhibition about The Jam featured unseen material and fan memorabilia, curated by frontman Paul’s sister and former head of The Jam’s fan club Nicky Weller.



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