The thumping bass line prominent throughout “Down in the Tube station at Midnight”, coupled with the brilliant lyric and vocal performance sold me. I came to appreciate the Jam asynchronously after a full swing with the Paul Wellar’s Style Council.
The Jam were an English punk rock and mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The Jam performing live in Newcastle upon Tyne during their Trans-global Unity tour, 1982
Woking, Surrey, England
Mod revival new wave power pop punk rock
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They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the “angry young men” outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes, and, rather than rejecting the influences of recent rock history in common with other punk bands, they incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R& B influences, particularly from The Who, The Kinks and from Motown music. This set the Jam apart from most of their contemporaries and placed them at the forefront of a nascent mod revival movement.