At the start of 2020 From The Jam will tour the Setting Sons album celebrating it’s 40 years! We will have them at Music at The Crossroads in July for a set of timeless Jam classics.
The words legend and icon are sometimes used too frequently these days but not when being used to describe Bruce Foxton. Since the punk explosion during the summer of 1976 when, as a part of The Jam, Bruce Foxton’s thumping bass lines exploded onto London’s live music scene. The next year the anthemic “In the city” album and single were released to the record buying public and the shockwaves sent out by the music of The Jam lives on today. He was recently voted by readers of NME as the 7th Most Influential Bass Player, which shows the high regard he is held in by fans, musicians and the music press alike.
In The Jam, Bruce and drummer Rick Buckler were the driving force, power and rhythm section behind singer, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Weller. Bruce’s versatility is evident, taking lead vocals on “David Watts” (The Kinks) and writing “News Of The World”, which to this day appears as the theme to the BBC’s Mock the Week show and has introduced his work to a new generation of fans. Perhaps Bruce’s most notable work “Smithers-Jones”, the story of the city executive who soon finds he has been chewed up & spat out, is just as pertinent today as it was in 1979 when he wrote it for the Setting Sons LP.
After The Jam split in 1982, Foxton pursued a solo career. He had a hit with the single “Freak” and collaborated with other musicians, until he got the call from Stiff Little Fingers’ Jake Burns, staying with SLF for fifteen years, recording four albums, namely, Flags and Emblems, Get a Life, Tinderbox, and Guitar and Drum. Bruce toured with Bruce Watson, Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) and Simon Townshend (The Who) in 2006 as The Casbah Club supporting The Who in the U.K and Europe promoting their album “Venustraphobia.”
With From the Jam, Bruce has a hectic touring schedule and is in demand across the world and continues to SELL OUT venues.
Bruce is again friends with Paul Weller which he emphasises is more important than music. Paul asked Bruce to perform on his Wake Up The Nation album and join him on stage at the Royal Albert Hall on 25th May 2010, to a rapturous standing ovation from the audience.
Bruce and From The Jam released the albums Back in the Room in 2012 and Smash The Clock in 2016 co-written with Russell Hastings.
Russell Hastings has been working with Bruce Foxton since 2007 when Russell and Rick Buckler were touring with The Gift which was formed in 2006. Russell has been the only frontman to work with both Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton since Paul Weller split The Jam in 1982 and has been earning respect from fans across the world as a frontman and with his guitar skills.
He also worked alongside Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Steve Cropper to name just a few.
In case anyone doesn’t know …. Who were the Jam?
The Jam, described as an English Mod revival/new wave band during the late 1970s and early 1980s, hailing from Woking. Jam biographer Sean Egan said “took social protest and cultural authenticity to the top of the charts.”
The Jam were Paul Weller – guitar and vocals, Bruce Foxton – Bass and Vocals, Rick Buckler – drums.
The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career and were known for their melodic pop songs, their distinctly English flavour and their mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller. Weller wrote and sang most of the Jam’s original compositions, and he played lead guitar. Bruce Foxton provided vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band’s songs.
The Jam released 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits.
The singles include In The City, All Around The World, The Modern World, News of the World, David Watts (a cover of the Kinks classic), Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, Strange Town, When You’re Young, The Eton Rifles, Going Underground, Start, That’s Entertainment, Funeral Pyre. Absolute Beginners, Town Called Malice, Just Who’s The 5 O Clock Hero, The Bitterest Pill and Beat Surrender, The studio albums; In The City, This is The Modern World, All Mod Cons, Setting Suns, Sound Effects and The Gift. FROM THE JAM have released Back in The Room and Smash The Clock (Recorded by From The Jam personnel including Hastings, Foxton and Weller, but released under artist name “Bruce Foxton”).