Gary James' Interview With Bruce Foxton Of
Calling Woking, England home, The Jam played the club circuit in and around London for seven years before signing with Polydor Records. When I spoke with bassist Bruce Foxton, their fourth album "Setting Sons" had just been released and plans were in the works for a U.S. tour.
Q - Bruce, you've stated before that you want to be famous. Why?
A - The Jam wants to be a very successful group that is accepted all over the world, on our own terms. By that I mean no one is going to manipulate our style of playing.
Q - Do you see any differences between the music being played by American musicians and British musicians?
A - I find it hard to relate to American groups and their lyrics sometimes. British music in general tends to be a lot more environmental and more about day to day living.
Q - Were you the first group to be labeled "New Wave" because you wore suits and ties?
A - That wasn't the reason. It's just a tag to sell you to the media. We relate to the original ideas of New Wave, but would like to be associated with our own movement.
Q - Why has New Wave music become so popular?
A - It's refreshing. Up until late '76, music had become very stale. The influx of groups that came in on the Punk / New Wave scene offered something new.
Q - What kind of venues are The Jam performing in on this tour?
A - 1,500 to 3,000 seat capacity places where we headline. We went out before with Blue Oyster Cult and Be Bop Deluxe as a support act and it just wasn't happening. This time over we're doing it our way.