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Old 12-02-2011, 05:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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@Il Duce, in reference to your tube station experience on the other thread, this is probably one of the the Jams best and most iconic songs.


The Jam , Down In The Tube Station At Midnight - YouTube
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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A college classmate introduced me to the Jam and I have been an enthusiast ever since. I love the passion of their songs and much of their politics and attitude resonates with me. Musically I especially like their hard-edged power-pop of their post-All Mod Cons recordings, including their exploration of soul and softer pop genres in their last songs. Bruce Foxton was a very imaginative and aggressive bassist and filled out the Jam's sound; he effectively covered their lack of a 2nd guitarist. On a similar topic, Paul Weller was and is a decent rhythm guitarist, but he lacked the chops of a good lead guitarist and the Jam's sound was hamstrung as a trio ("Private Hell" is a good example of this), despite Foxton's consistently strong bass play. This demonstrates also why I like the Jam's latter-period songs that incorporate additional musicians and instruments (much of The Gift, especially "Town Called Malice" and "Ghosts", "Beat Surrender", "Great Depression", "The Bitterest Pill").

One more comment--the contributions of Bruce Foxton and probably drummer Rick Buckler to Paul Weller's songs have been underestimated and I believe they should have been given songwriting credits for much of Weller's music.
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