The Jam - giving the jolt the music world needed.

The Jam - giving the jolt the music world needed.
The Jam – giving the jolt the music world needed.

The Jam – Live at The 100 Club – 1977

Some early Jam for a Monday night. One of the earlier recorded concerts, done as part of a Special broadcast to the U.S., live from the 100 Club in London, recorded on September 11, 1977.

The UK had already become well accustomed to the Punk and New Wave Movements – the U.S.; not so much – radio was resistant and the audience was slowly coming around by the likes of our own counterparts, The Ramones. But it was still not as universally accepted as it was in other parts of the world. There were still some months to go, and things really wouldn’t get rolling until early 1978.

While the Jam shared the “angry young man” outlook and fast tempo of the mid-1970s British punk rock movement, in contrast with it the band wore smartly tailored suits reminiscent of English pop-bands in the early 1960s and incorporated mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences into its sound, particularly from the Who’s work of that period and also drew influence from the work of the Kinks and the music of American Motown. This placed the act at the forefront of the 1970s–1980s nascent Mod Revival movement. With many of the band’s lyrics about working class life,[6] Jam biographer Sean Egan commented that they “took social protest and cultural authenticity to the top of the charts.”

The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk and new wave. The trio were known for their melodic pop songs, their distinctly English flavour and their mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form the Style Council and later his solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of the Jam’s original compositions and played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker 330. Bruce Foxton provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band’s songs, including the hits “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”, “The Eton Rifles”, “Going Underground” and “Town Called Malice” mainly using a Rickenbacker 4001 or a Fender Precision Bass, as well as, on rare occasions, an Epiphone Rivoli.

So this broadcast was something of a introduction to what had been happening for a while in the UK. The Jam proved to be in fine form and this is one of the best sounding early examples of their work.

Nothing like kicking your week into high gear.


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