Meet the Mod-stepfather.
By Randy Harward
So scab-staffed reunion tours aren’t just for classic rockers and hair metal bands.
Original frontman Paul Weller thinks reuniting The Jam would be “sad” and “embarrasing,” and swears his family would have to be destitute before he considered such a thing. Yet it’s happened. Sorta. In late 2007 and early 2008, founding members Bruce Foxton (bass/vocals) and Rick Buckler (drums)–joined by new members David Moore (guitar, keys) and Russell Hastings (vocals, guitar)–toured in the UK and US as From the Jam. Now they’ve packaged the London show as a CD/DVD titled A First Class Return (Invisible Hands Music). Here’s a clip.
As usual with these reunions (like The New Cars), From the Jam plays the hits and promises new stuff. Of course, the hits sound good enough–and that’s good enough for some. But to fans, Weller–his songs, his voice, his presence–was The Jam. Though Hastings (shall we call him the Mod-stepfather?) sounds a bit like his predecessor, and sorta looks like him, it’s just not the same.
Not that they aren’t trying very, very hard. For this tour, they’ve pared the lineup down to a trio, just like the old days. From the Jam nonetheless feels like Eton shit.