All Mod Cons
Released – November 3rd 1978
Label – Polydor
1. All Mods Cons
2. To Be Someone (Didn’t We Have a Nice Time)
3. Mr Clean
4. David Watts
5. English Rose
6. In the Crowd
1. Billy Hunt
2.It’s Too Bad
4. The Place I Love
5. A Bomb in Wardour Street
6.Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
My copy of “All Mod Cons” was bought at one of Newcastle upon Tyne’s great local record shops called Beatdown Records and i think i only paid around £10 for it.
The sleeve of “All Mod Cons” with Paul Weller and Rick Buckler sat and Bruce Foxton stood.
The third album “All Mod Cons” by the english punk rock/mod band The Jam was received to critical acclaim upon its release in 1978. The title is an abbreviation of the frequently used British idiom “All Modern Conveniences”. It followed the disappointing second record ” This is the Modern World” of which lead singer and songwriter Paul Weller admitted to having lost interest in the songwriting process and also suffering a case of writers block.
The inside sleeve of the record shows song lyrics printed on the background image of a scooter
After The Jam toured the USA in 1978 the band holed up in Weller’s home town of Woking to rekindle their spark. Following this period they released the 12 track record “All Mod Cons” late in 1978. This record really propelled the band to commercial success with hits such as “Down at the Tube Station at Midnight” and The Kinks cover ” David Watts” providing singles chart success for the band.
The band, and in particular, Weller’s focus for the lyrics for this record centres around the working class folk of London and its surrounding towns. He began writing in a narrative way to tell stories throughout the tracks of the album and, deservedly, began to receive comparisons to some of the great songwriters of the 1960s like Ray Davies and Steve Marriot.
This record captivated a generation of youthful mods and following this album revived the mod movement that bands such as The Who & The Small Faces had highlighted in the previous decade.
The iconic mod symbol on the record’s label
The sleeve of the record features an image of the band sat/stood in a bare room but its the red and blue logo that features on the record’s label itself that has gone on to become such an iconic piece of mod imagery.
So why should you own a copy of this record?
The album demonstrates the great British songwriting by a poet and lyricist who would go on to become one of the greatest ever. The album is completely timeless and one that i revisit again and again rediscovering the brilliance of Weller’s lyrics, the beat of Buckler’s drums and the boom of Foxton’s bass. This record cements The Jam’s rightful place as one of the best British bands of the punk era and went on to inspire a generation of later artists to form bands, create music and become iconic artists themselves (Gallagher & Ashcroft in particular!)