Thursday, July 25, 2013

For Two Minutes Only

The Jam, 1979. L-r: Rick Buckler, Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton
Was there a better run of singles in the 1970s than The Jam's, from "Down In The Tube Station At Midnight" (1978) through "Start!" (1980)? You may have to go back to the brilliant runs on Billboard of the mid 1960s to find a band at such peak form. A pity that Paul Weller felt that this sound—humongous, thrilling, tight, smart, rocking, both in the studio and onstage—was ultimately limiting.

 "Down In The Tube Station At Midnight" (1978)

 "Strange Town" (1979)

 "When You're Young" (1979)

"The Eton Rifles" (1979)

 "Going Undergeound" (1980)

"Start!" (1980)

Photo "The Jam, London 1979," by Janette Beckman, via Morrison Hotel.

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