The Jam formed in Surrey England. They were one of Punk and New Wave's best-loved groups. They hold the record for the most simultaneous UK Top 75 singles ever, with 13. They all entered the chart in January 1983, following the band's dissolution in December 1982.
Their career got off to a good start. After being spotted playing at a street market in London's Soho, they were asked to open for the Sex Pistols. The Jam signed to Polydor records in 1977.
Following the split of The Jam, Bruce Foxton spent a lot of time producing Stiff Little Fingers, eventually becoming their bassist. Rick Buckler, the drummer, opened an antiques shop.
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The band's debut chart hit "In The City" is pure Punk Rock, and spent 14 weeks in the listings, but never rose higher than #40.
Bassist Bruce Foxton had three minor single chart entries on Arista Records after going solo. The top achiever of the trio was entitled "Freak" (1983).
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Andrew from Ashford, EnglandThe Jam, and Paul Weller in particular is a musical legend. Other than Mcartney,Lennon and perhaps Dylan, he is the best. Songs ranging from In The City, to Thats Entertainment are testament to the quality of this band.
Martin from Sydney, AustraliaGary Numan (see "Cars" and "Are 'Friends' Electric") says he had an audition to be in The Jam, but he failed it when they wouldn't let him use his distortion pedal. He later formed his own band and had multiple UK No.1 hits, so he obviously didn't let the rejection get to him too much.