You think I know nothing of the modern world (power-pop-punk trio The Jam, 1977)

On Nov. 18, 1977, The Jam released their second LP, This Is the Modern World, just six months after the release of their successful debut, In the City (reported to have been recorded in 11 days). Critics complained that This Is the Modern World was just a rehash of the first album — and accused Polydor Records of  a rush job to capitalize on its popularity.

It’s hard to argue that there’s a lot of diversity in punk music, but if any band could be diverse, it was The Jam. Their power-pop sounds brought a return of mod sensibilities to British punk. Lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Paul Weller brought a melodic quality to the trio’s catalog of songs that average three minutes in length or less.

Although The Jam didn’t resonate widely among US audiences, as The Clash or the Sex Pistols did, they were incredibly popular in the UK. Their sound can be heard in British music from the ’80s and ’90s in The Smiths and Oasis as well as in American jangle-pop bands. It could be one of the reasons why I like This Is the Modern World so much.

Give a listen to “Tonight At Noon” (the music starts about 18 seconds into this clip).

About poppaculture

I am a seasoned consumer of modern (and not so modern) culture.
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