Rick Buckler: “It was like we were going to be driving over a cliff…”

Even 30 years on, the moment he realised the dream was over still has an emotional effect on Rick Buckler.

As the drummer in The Jam he was part of the biggest band of their generation – a band at the peak of their powers when frontman Paul Weller decided to pull the plug after five years of success.

Rick, Paul and bass player Bruce Foxton had formed the band in Woking in the mid ‘70s and then risen to fame at the time of punk. By 1982 they had enjoyed a string of number one singles, toured arenas throughout the world, and had the music press hanging on their every word.

But unbeknown to the others, Weller had had enough and decided to call it a day.

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