So why do I have so much love for The Jam album that is usually derided as their worst?
It’s pretty simple, actually. First, there was Marquee Moon & Rocket To Russia. Then, there was Give ‘Em Enough Rope & Road to Ruin.
And at least how I remember it now, next was This is The Modern World. So it was my first exposure to The Jam, and with the arrow pointing to Paul Weller’s The Who button the cover serving as a signpost, the big declaration and power chords that kicked off the title track went straight to my 16-year-old heart, already reeling from the early Who songs that served as the foundation from which The Jam were developing their sound.