IN 1984, TWO YEARS AFTER THE ABRUPT DEMISE OF THE JAM, BRUCE FOXTON RELEASED SOLO DEBUT TOUCH SENSITIVE. A MERE TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS LATER HE FOLLOWED IT UP WITH BACK IN THE ROOM AND IS ABOUT TO ISSUE ANOTHER ALBUM.
SMASH THE CLOCK is an uplifting collection of finely crafted mod-pop (check out the new single NOW THE TIME HAS COME). Co-written with Russell Hastings and recorded in ex-bandmate Paul Weller’s Black Barn studio, the album features guest turns from Weller, Wilko Johnson and Manfred Mann’s Paul Jones. Foxton explains that the meaning of title track SMASH THE CLOCK is simply that “good music is ageless and timeless”. Foxton and Hastings have captured their touring band From The Jam’s inimitable live energy on record. From The Jam have gained a reputation for the kind of incendiary live performances which sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago. On their THE PUBLIC GETS WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS tour they played classic The Jam hits such as DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT, GOING UNDERGROUND and TOWN CALLED MALICE. In late 2016 they’ll be launching their As AND Bs tour, which will include rare tracks from The Jam’s back catalogue alongside material from BACK IN THE ROOM and SMASH THE CLOCK.
In this new edition of The Mouthcast Foxton talks about his new album, but also reflects at length on his years in The Jam, explaining how he and Paul Weller finally came to be reconciled decades after their split.
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