THE JAM’S FIRST ALBUM “IN THE CITY” RELEASED THIS DAY 1977

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It was forty years ago today- May 20, 1977 that The Jam’s debut album “In The City” was released. The Jam, led by frontman- lead-singer Paul Weller {The Modfather} were highly popular in the UK but made little impact in the U.S, too British, I guess. In their short history they would release six albums and have numerous hits in the UK. “In The City” was the best song from this album. This album hit #20 on the UK charts.  The Jam came out during the time of punk but they aren’t punk- they are mod. I’d compare them to The Who and The Kinks.  Weller has gone on to front Style Council and then has gone on to a stellar solo career but what a great curiosity- only one of his solo albums has cracked the Top 200 chart in the U.S.

The Jam was one of those groups my friends and I who were into new music in the 1970’s read about long before we actually heard it. I don’t know when The Jam albums were actually released in the U.S. but I recall in 1980 my painter friend Dale coming over. He hated disco- and I put on Donna Summer’s “Cold Love” and told him I finally got a Jam album and here it is. “Cold Love” starts out rocking and Dale’s face lit up- “This is great, I love it.”–then Donna starts singing and his look turns to one of confusion. When I told him it was Donna Summer he said “I hate this.”  I bring this up every year or so to him and he doesn’t want to discuss it!  The Jam was great and so has Paul Weller’s solo career been. Style Council had its moments too. Sadly, Paul Weller will always remain something America just doesn’t get.

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One response to “THE JAM’S FIRST ALBUM “IN THE CITY” RELEASED THIS DAY 1977

  1. As debut album it’s hard to imagine how this one could be any better. 1977 was a period of conflicting musical styles. The 60s impact of the The Beatles and The Who could still be felt, there was the arrival of disco and the explosion of punk. This album is a great reflection of these uncertain musical times.

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