80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Paul Weller, The Jam, and Style Council

This installment of “Criminally Underrated” features a man of many talents that fronted two equally criminally underrated bands, Jam and Style Council.

Paul Weller started Jam just outside London in 1976, which lasted until 1982. Weller played bass along with Steve Brookes (lead guitar), Dave Waller (rhythm guitar), and Rick Buckler (drums). Jam’s style was a punk and mod hybrid that gave it a unique and appealing sound. It also gave the band the ability to move into the wonderful world of post-punk and New wave, ushered in by the 80’s.

Shortly after the Jam formed, they experienced personnel changes. Bruce Foxton replaced Waller on rhythm guitar, Brookes left, and Weller and Foxton swapped guitar duties. The band consistently broke into the Top 40 with their first few singles, hitting the Top 10 with the single “Eton Rifles.” In 1980, they actually hit the coveted Number One spot with the single “Going Underground.” They had a great run of singles with  “Town Called Malice,” “Precious,” and “That’s Entertainment.”

The swan song for the Jam would be the single “Beat Surrender.” The band broke up in 1982 after a successful series of farewell concerts.

Paul Weller went on to form his next band, Style Council, with Mick Talbot (keyboards). They were joined by Steve White (drums) and Dee C. Lee (vocals). Weller set himself free by experimenting with multiple musical genres. Style Council ran the gamut of song styles with pop, jazz, R&B, house, and ballads. The band’s first break-through singles in the US were “My Ever Changing Moods,” and “You’re The Best Thing.” Style Council was wildly popular in Australia, but their popularity began to fade in the UK. Their record label refused to release their final album in 1989 called Modernism: A New Decade, and Weller called it quits.

Weller has successfully performed solo from the 90’s until the present. If you’re not familiar with Weller, or his two fabulous groups Jam and Style Council, it’s definitely worth your while to do a little digging.

Purchase Jam music here.

Purchase Style Council music here.

Purchase Paul Weller music here.

“Eton Rifles” (Jam) via YouTube user sidsings:

“That’s Entertainment” (Jam) via YouTube user preistguy:

“My Ever Changing Moods” (Style Council) via YouTube user kewl0008:

“Speak Like A Child” (Style Council) via YouTube user thecatkeaton:

Jam Discography

In the City (1977)
This Is the Modern World (1977)
All Mod Cons (1978)
Setting Sons (1979)
Sound Affects (1980)
The Gift (1982)

Style Council Discography

Introducing The Style Council (1983)
Café Bleu (US title: My Ever Changing Moods) (1984)
Our Favourite Shop (US title: Internationalists) (1985)
The Cost of Loving (1987)
Confessions of a Pop Group (1988)
Modernism: A New Decade (1998, recorded 1989)

Paul Weller Discography

Paul Weller (1992)
Wild Wood (1993)
Stanley Road (1995)
Heavy Soul (1997)
Heliocentric (2000)
Illumination (2002)
Studio 150 (2004)
As Is Now (2005)
22 Dreams (2008)
Wake Up the Nation (2010)

4 thoughts on “80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Paul Weller, The Jam, and Style Council

  1. The song is “ETON Rifles” after the British Public school! it is NOT spelt “EATON”!! Jam fans always cringe at this spelling – as do former Etonians, I would imagine! 🙂 Having said that, everything got to do with weller is cool by me!!! I’m 52, from Ireland, been in the US for 30 yrs and love the Jam ….. still! …Mickey Sheehan


  2. I apologize for the boorish error – and thank you for being gracious about pointing it out. I *know* this, but the yank in me keeps insisting on spelling it the wrong way.

    Thanks again – am going in now to correct it! 🙂


  3. I appreciate how nice you were about it….I made a similar mistake on another post, and was called an unmentionable name! Needless to say, that comment never got published. 🙂

    All the best to you!


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