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Best Songs By The Jam?


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Initial post: Oct 27, 2012 9:32:11 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
I'm asking because with the holidays upon us in a few weeks, I'm trying to formulate some mix discs to take home to fit in my duffel bag. Neither of the iPods hold the charge for long and the earbuds/headphones do too much of a number on the ears.

As The Jam's career was so short (but not like Joy Division's where the whole shebang fit a disc, more or less), 80 minutes is a lot of disc space to fill. I've some ideas, but I'll entertain others.

What I'm thinking thus far:
* All Around the World
* This the Modern World
* A Town Called Malice
* The Bitterest Pill
* That's Entertainment
* Shopping
* Pretty Green
* Taxman, er-- Start (Never can get those straight)
* David Watts
* Funeral Pyre
* Absolute Beginners
* Saturday's Kids
* Takin' My Love
* Going Underground
* Eton Rifles
* In the City

Other ideas? I know we have some fans on the board. Show yourselves, please.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 9:47:19 PM PDT
I picked my five favorite Jam songs on another site this week. They were:
1. Going Underground
2. Strange Town
3. Butterfly Collector
4. Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
5. Man in the Corner Shop

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 5:45:28 AM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Thanks Jim! Totally spaced on "Tube Station." Great jittery instrumentation on that. Got to watching videos on YouTube last night (too lazy to put the DVD in the player) and remembered "When You're Young" as well.

One post. That's actually more than I thought I'd have when I woke up this morning.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 8:12:52 AM PDT
My 5 favorites:
This Is the Modern World (uncensored version)
Butterfly Collector
Tales from the Riverbank
It's Too Bad
Scraping Away

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 1:00:32 PM PDT
Did The Jam ever tour with the Peanut Butter Conspiracy?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 1:52:39 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Did that joke a while back, PHILIP. Do a search for "Artists Who Should Tour Together Based on Their Names" that porchpotato started. Lots of laughs there. I'll still give you a helpful even if your post is taking the mickey.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 1:55:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2012 1:58:07 PM PDT
Sorry S. as I really didn't see that thread you mentioned but it's no surprise that somebody beat me to telling that very old joke! Did The Jam ever do a cover of: "Guava Jelly" by Bob Marley???

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:57:35 AM PDT
N. Ying says:
I'll pick two from The Gift: Happy Together and Running On The Spot. It is always my #1 favorite Jam album, which was supposed to be transitional but ended up as a quite brilliant amalgamation of the mod-rock Jam and jazz-pop Style Council. Just like Malice, these two songs are more melodic than the typical Jam songs before, but still kick some a_ _ !

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 2:09:00 AM PDT
BIGJAMFAN says:
great discussion! in the city, it's too bad, man in a corner shop, wasteland, ghosts, when you're young, saturday's kids, carnation, i need you, to be someone, little boy soldiers, going underground so many, best band ever! anyone want to chat about the jam? bigjamfan7@gmail.com

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 2:29:23 AM PDT
J. Hand says:
Glad to see this thread. I am not real familiar with the Jam's music but I know their fans REALLY like them. This will give me a listen guide.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 2:51:01 AM PDT
BIGJAMFAN says:
to J. Hand. in my opinion, SETTING SONS is their best. paul wellers lyrics are the best. this generations ray davies. lots of influence by the who & the kinks. hope you get into them. i was hooked the first time i heard one of their lp's, the gift. it was their last lp. vinyl of course. i worked in a record store and didn't know anything about them. stiker on album said englands no. 1 band. thought to myself yea right, sure. gave it a listen. unbelievable music!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 3:37:20 AM PDT
onsenkuma says:
The Jam were a great band, and IMO Weller has created great music in every stage of his career so far. Not sure about 'best' Jam songs, but among my personal favourites are:

Ghosts
Precious
That's Entertainment
In The City
Going Underground
A Town Called Malice
Happy Together
Pretty Green
Start

I'm looking forward to the 'mega-uber-deluxe version of 'The Gift' later this month. That album and Sound Affects are personal favourites as well, and 'Snap!' still holds up as one of the greatest compilation albums EVER....

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 5:07:43 AM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Think I'm going to have to do two discs for The Jam . . . how could I forget so many great tunes? Early onset dementia, I reckon. Doctoral studies sped it up?

Wow, what a delayed reaction to this thread. Thanks everyone! Keep it going! Yes, also looking forward to the expanded version of The Gift.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 7:06:42 AM PDT
fpr says:
I always got a kick out of their version of the Batman Theme!

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 7:37:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 7:48:44 AM PDT
I recommend all of the above songs and Disguises

http://youtu.be/flZrGAUBu94

Tonight At Noon

http://youtu.be/Vz1yYKOhur4

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 9:09:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 3:25:44 PM PDT
so many excellent tunes...i would ad "Life From A Window" and "News Of The World" "Smithers Jones" "Sounds From The Street"

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 9:28:13 AM PDT
J. Kaufman says:
I don't want to repeat the songs above so I'll just add: Thick as Thieves

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 2:19:02 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
S...this was a tough one, you know I hold The Jam in very high esteem, higher than The Stones, The Clash,
Led Zep, The Kinks, pretty much any UK band aside from The Beatles and the Moon/Entwistle era Who.
So, these tracks would (roughly) fit on an 80 minute disc. Feel free to lop 1-2 off if need be.

Away From The Numbers
A-Bomb In Wardour Street
Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
Mr. Clean
In The Crowd
Strange Town
The Butterfly Collector
The Eton Rifles
Burning Sky
Going Underground
Start!
Liza Radley
Pretty Green
Set The House Ablaze
Boy About Town
Scrape Away
Funeral Pyre
Happy Together
Ghosts
A Town Called Malice
Absolute Beginners
The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
Beat Surrender

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 5:06:02 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Two Tub, we ended up going with a lot of the same tracks. I'm not surprised, really.

Keep 'em coming, folks. Incidentally, do pick up Bruce Foxton's recent solo release at the nearest convenience. Get some copies for loved ones for the holidays. If they dislike it, disown them!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 5:14:35 PM PDT
It's got you in its grip before you're born
It's done with the use of a dice and a board
They let you think you're king but you're really a pawn

You pull on some weed and you pull on someone...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 6:43:40 PM PDT
Your interest has waned - you feel the strain -
The bed springs snap - on the occasions he lies upon you -
Close your eyes and think of nothing but -

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 6:45:26 PM PDT
And watch the rain fall - watch it - watch it -
Tumble and fall - tumble and falling -
Like our lives - like our lives -
Just like our lives
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