Legendary U.K. pop-punk trio the Jam will be the subject of a double-disc DVD due Nov. 26 from Interscope/UME. “The Complete Jam” chronicles the group’s impressive 1977-1982 output with a massive 53 selections. Along with all of the trio’s music videos, the set includes 34 European television performances that have never before been available in the U.S.
Although the Jam — comprised of singer/guitarist Paul Weller, bassist Bruce Foxton, and drummer Rick Buckler — never dented the Billboard singles chart, the group was a force on the charts across the pond. Included here are clips for such favorites as “In the City,” “The Bitterest Pill,” and the No. 1 U.K. hits “Going Underground,” “Town Called Malice,” and “Beat Surrender.”
Resurrecting the 13-videos from 1984’s long out-of-print “Video Snap,” the new DVD appends three clips left off that compilation while adding an onslaught of television performances and interview material. Culled from TV appearances in the U.K., Sweden, and the Netherlands, all selections on “The Complete Jam” have been digitally remastered. “The Complete Jam” also features detailed liner notes and four collectors’ postcards.
In the years since the Jam’s dissolution, Weller has been the most visible, first with the Style Council and most recently as a solo artist. In late September, his album “Illumination” (Independiente) bowed at No. 1, 20 years after his first time at the U.K. album chart peak with the Jam’s “The Gift” in March 1982.