BCB 100 - The Jam

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BCB 100 - The Jam

Postby geoffcowgill » 07 Jul 2006, 17:01

Before buying a Best Of several years ago, I think I'd probably only ever heard "Town Called Malice" before. At any rate, that was the only song of theirs I'd registered hearing. Of course I'd heard "Start!" when it was called "Taxman," but I guess that doesn't count. And now I don't have more than that Best Of and the Modern World/All Mod Cons twofer, so I shouldn't really comment on their albums maybe. I wouldn't be surprised if All Mod Cons were to remain the favorite even after hearing all of their records. Despite a few useless tracks, it seems to do the whole Jam thing to perfection in a number of places. Yes, I do quite like the sound of the band much of the time, though, and I think Bruce Foxton is to take a lot of the credit for that. "To Be Someone", "Down In The Tube Station" or "Absolute Beginners" (love those irrepressible horns) are probably my favorites.

Heck, I'll go ahead and commit.

Favorite Album - All Mod Cons

Favorite Song - "To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)"

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Postby The Prof » 07 Jul 2006, 17:04

I hope you are not suggesting that Absolute Beginners is on All Mod Cons.

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Postby Tom Violence » 07 Jul 2006, 17:05

Fantastic band, one of the very best. All 6 albums (maybe not 'Modern World, not so keen on that one) are fantastic. And all the non album singles and b-sides. Very high quality and quantity of material put out in a short space of time.

Album: All Mod Cons

Song: Wasteland or Saturday's Kids
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Postby Clippernolan » 07 Jul 2006, 17:07

Album: Sound Affects

Song: "That's Entertainment"
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Postby Phil T » 07 Jul 2006, 17:27

Album: All Mod Cons

Track: In The Crowd

I listened to In The Crowd when it came out and thought "this is brilliant, it's all dissolving into psych. I'll watch this lot with interest...". I expected some sort of psychedelic 'second coming'.

But didn't Weller, the awkward sod, go the route of insipid fifth rate soul instead? Which really pissed me off at the time. Put me off him for years.

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Postby geoffcowgill » 07 Jul 2006, 17:33

Classic Prof wrote:I hope you are not suggesting that Absolute Beginners is on All Mod Cons.


Nope. Just referring to favorite Jam tracks in general.

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Postby Johnny Fartpants » 07 Jul 2006, 18:21

One of the best British bands of all time, without a shadow of a doubt. A peerless singles band who packed in when they were right at the top.

Album: Setting Sons
Song: Private Hell

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Postby Matt Wilson » 07 Jul 2006, 18:23

The greatest UK band never to have made it in the US.
A broad statement, tis true, but probably accurate.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 07 Jul 2006, 19:17

Boy, I sure loved them when they were around- Bixhenry and I were fans pretty early on- but maybe Weller's erratic career since has taken a little of the luster off. Nonetheless, before the limp soul took over, they sure were one hell of a rock and roll band. And that rythm section had a lot to do with it, whatever Weller may think.

Album - Setting Sons
Song - Dreams of Children. It and Going Underground- another great song- is their best single by a large margin.
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Postby Tom Violence » 07 Jul 2006, 19:26

8/10 In the City
6/10 Modern World
10/10 All Mod Cons
10/10 Setting Sons
10/10 Sound Affects
8/10 The Gift

Is my scores on the doors. Everything after needless to say does not fair quite as well. :D
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Postby Snarfyguy » 07 Jul 2006, 19:41

Album: All Mod Cons

Song: Strange Town

Oddly, I have Setting Sons and Sound Affects at home but I've never played them. Maybe because they have such awful titles...
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Postby toomanyhatz » 07 Jul 2006, 19:45

The Giraffe wrote:
toomanyhatz wrote:Song - Dreams of Children. It and Going Underground- another great song- is their best single by a large margin.


that's just silly.


Why?
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Postby The Prof » 07 Jul 2006, 19:45

Pretty Boy Floyd wrote:8/10 In the City
6/10 Modern World
10/10 All Mod Cons
10/10 Setting Sons
10/10 Sound Affects
8/10 The Gift

Is my scores on the doors. Everything after needless to say does not fair quite as well. :D


I think The Gift is a bit of an underrated album. 9/10

Album - All Mod Cons
Song - Strange Town

Though When You're Young is the archetypal Jam song. Full of the joys of young life with a warning that you'll have the stuffing kicked out of you by the time you're older

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Postby Six String » 07 Jul 2006, 19:51

One of the biggest dissappointments in my musical life was listening to that first Style Council ep after The Jam split up. The Jam was easily my favorite band of that era. Their energy was hair raising. So imagine my shock when I heard Long Hot Summer. I think I read a review before I bought it but I bought it anyway because Weller had not really disappointed me up to then. I have never bought another thing by him sinice then.

Favorite album - Sound Effects
Favorite song - tough call but Going Underground or In the City.
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Postby Jon K » 07 Jul 2006, 19:59

Another hard one to whittle down top one album and song. Oh well here goes although I will no doubt change my mind in around half an hour

Album: Sound Affects
Song: A Bomb In Wardour Street

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Postby Penk! » 07 Jul 2006, 20:12

I've never really liked the Jam, which is weird, because I just realised I actually like all the songs I've heard, eg the singles. My favourite one of which is That's Entertainment.
I should probably give them a proper listen at some point.
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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 07 Jul 2006, 21:13

The Giraffe wrote:fuck, it's one of the greatest songs ever written, that song [Town Called Malice].


It's great, yes. I love it when you (or anyone else for that matter) post comments like that.

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Postby Quaco » 07 Jul 2006, 22:02

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Postby Beno » 07 Jul 2006, 23:11

I'm going to be a dissenting voice to this I love in. To be fair I only know them through greatest hits comps and All Mod Cons but for me, whilst they are good, they just aren't that special.

The Kinks do the '"stories about English life" thing much better and plenty of bands are better at injecting punk/new wave energy. Maybe the combination of the two is what is so highly rated but I'm not totally convinced.

Looking at similar acts I'd say that Elvis Costello was a far better songwriter, in fact far better all round.

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Postby meetthesonics » 07 Jul 2006, 23:17

Best album: Sound Affects
Best song: Monday
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