|The Jam- All Mod Cons
Preconceptions: My pick, so the only preconception I had was the mistaken one that All Mod Cons was the title of the compilation and Beat Surrender was the album. I bought one and got one as a gift the same week over 15 years ago. As with all my CDs, I haven’t listened to the physical discs since Steve Jobs got into the music business.
After Listening: The late 70s UK Mod Revival has influenced a lot of the bands I listen to today, and The Jam was the premier band in that movement. I hear 1960s US soul & British Invasion bands (most obviously The Kinks, who recorded the original version of David Watts) and the class struggle lyrics of 70s UK punk.
Favorite Tracks: The bassline of Down in the Tube Station at Midnight is in my head every time I am alone on a subway platform. Fortunately, I have never been mugged by former Wormwood Scrubs inmates. Other standouts include Billy Hunt, ‘A’ Bomb on Wardour Street and Mr. Clean.
Overall: 4.5 of 5. If you drop out English Rose, Fly & It’s Too Bad to add in This is the Modern World, Town Called Malice & Eton Rifles, you’d have not only the essential Jam collection, but the birth of indie Brit Pop. Paul Weller ranks just after Lennon & McCartney, Davies, and Townsend on the list of British songwriters.
Extra credit: The Method – Dissidents & Dancers