Articles Tagged: The Jam

Certain Songs #713: The Jam – “Beat Surrender”

the-jam-beat-surrender Album: Snap!
Year: 1982

The first Jam single — “In The City,” in case you can’t remember — was a guitar-fueled rock n roll tale of a young man who couldn’t wait to tell you all the things he was discovering in the city.

Fast-forward a few years later, and the final Jam single — released as a salve to stunned fans who were still processing their recent break-up — is a horn-filled dance song about a slightly-less-young who has loosened up enough that he just wants you to get up on your feet already.

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Certain Songs #712: The Jam – “The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)”

the-jam-bitterest-pill Album: Snap!
Year: 1982

According to my records, I bought “The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow),” on October 7, 1982.

Three weeks later, October 30 to be exact, 90.7 KFSR — a hotbed of Jam fans — went on the air.

In between those two events, The Jam broke up, making the title of that single somewhat apropos.

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Certain Songs #711: The Jam – “The Gift”

the-jam-the-gift Album: The Gift
Year: 1982

The final track on the final Jam album, “The Gift” was nothing more than a up dance number in the tradition of Martha & The Vandellas “Heat Wave.”

But it was also nothing less, either, and the one-two closing punch of “Town Called Malice,” and “The Gift” has always been a huge reason The Gift ended being my favorite Jam LP.

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Certain Songs #710: The Jam – “Town Called Malice”

the-jam-town-called Album: The Gift
Year: 1982

Entering the U.K. charts at #1 the week it was released, “Town Called Malice” was yet another totally and utterly undeniable single that somehow never gained traction here in the U.S., though I do remember occasionally seeing the video on MTV, so that was something.

Out of all of their singles, I always thought that “Town Called Malice” was the one with the best opportunity to break in the U.S., as it was a great example of Brits taking American R&B and rocking it up a bit. I mean, if “Rock The Casbah” could do it, then why not “A Town Called Malice?”

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Certain Songs #709: The Jam – “Running on the Spot”

the-jam-the-gift Album: The Gift
Year: 1982

In early June of 1982, Tim & I drove up to San Francisco to see The Jam on their Trans-Global Express tour.

It was, of course, awesome, with the fire and skill of Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton & Rick Buckler making it all the way to the very back row of The Warfield, which was good, because that’s where we were sitting!

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