Bruce of The Jam has been working on this album for some time now and its a joy that its finally here led by the stunning lead off single, Number Six
AN UNEXPECTED reconciliation with former Jam bandmate Paul Weller has led to a creative rebirth for Bruce Foxton. From The Jam are longer just a vehicle for performing the old Jam classics, Bruce, singer/guitarist Russell Hastings and former Big Country/Cult drummer Mark Brzezicki are now playing originals too.
Bruce told me: "The new album was completed at Paul Weller's studio and Ray Davies is on one song and Steve Cropper will be on another. He's one of my musical heroes, so to have a legend like him on the album is amazing. Funnily enough there is a Motown feel to some of the songs, but the one he's due to play on is the most un-Motown of the lot."Paul Weller himself is also on the album – a move which definitely wouldn't have happened anytime in the last 30 years until now.
Bruce explained: "Paul heard through a mutual friend that my wife Pat had been diagnosed with cancer. While she was having treatment in Israel, Paul rang to wish her well. Sod's law, I was down in the hotel bar and missed the call, but when I got back, she said, 'you'll never guess who called'."
Sadly Pat, who Bruce had been with for more than 30 years, later died but he is delighted she got to hear Paul and Bruce's musical reconciliation on the song Fast Car/Slow Traffic on Weller's last album. "I was devastated when she died and completely lost interest in the music, but I knew Pat would want me to carry on and since then the songs have been flowing."