The Jam

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2016 (ranked #130) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
All Mods Cons (1978)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
In The City (1977)
Going Underground (1980)
That's Entertainment (1980)
Town Called Malice (1982)

The Jam @ Wikipedia

The Jam Videos

Will The Jam be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


33 comments so far (post your own)

Not worried........sometime in the next five years.

Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 01.17.07 @ 16:12pm

Beat Sureender and That's Entertainment alone secure them their own wing.

Posted by Kit on Tuesday, 01.23.07 @ 22:21pm

They'll get it, the sad thing is that it hasn't happened already.

Posted by NFB on Wednesday, 04.4.07 @ 08:50am

They were the biggest rock band in Britain in the late 80s and early 90s. Their day had better come.

Posted by Jeff on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 19:04pm

late 80s early 90s? lae 70s early 80s more like.

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 08.28.07 @ 07:05am

My Tivo has been light lately, so I'm recording VH1's 120 Minutes. The Jam are included on nearly every episode. It'd be a farce if they didn't make it.

Posted by Rick on Thursday, 09.20.07 @ 20:15pm

Question for rancorous discussion: why is this site's very high 57% induction chance prediction for The Jam just ludicrous?

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 11.6.07 @ 10:04am

I don't think the percentage is crazy at all. They've been brought into the nomination discussion on at least one occasion and would be a lock for induction on any ballot. I mean when you first open your ears to their world, it's hard not to succumb to their beats and surrender. ;)

Posted by Casper on Tuesday, 11.6.07 @ 14:20pm

I don't disagree with you in the least that The Jam (and many others) deserve the induction, Casper.

But their actual odds - the likeliness that they WILL?
If the percentages were titled "SHOULD BE" instead of "CHANCES", I'd give them an even higher mark.

But lets look realistically at those already inducted, observe the pattern, and admit that acts like The Jam, Pulp (54%), Jesus & Mary Chain (42%), The Flaming Lips (45%), My Bloody Valentine (42%)....... will never see the Hall without a complete purge of the nominating commitee and a redistribution of the voting crowd.

The Stooges are arguably a step ahead of the all bands I just mentiones in terms of recognizable quotient ---- and they're still shrugged off by the voters.

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 11.6.07 @ 14:36pm

What is it with the Hall? All those bands shawn listed are GREAT. Not only great, but INFLUENTIAL, and innovative... (the f'lips and MBV in particular.) D:

Someone needs to start smacking Jann Wenner in the face with the Sound Affects LP until he gets the picture. Cut 'im to bits with the Beat Surrender EP. (joking, joking... badly.)

Posted by b on Wednesday, 11.7.07 @ 15:00pm

No need to joke, b. It has to be done. I say, let Morrissey slice his throat with a copy of "That's Entertainment"'ll be a great way for the crooner to let free some of his angst.

Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 11.7.07 @ 15:35pm

Greatest Hits as th essential? that's BS.

Posted by liam on Saturday, 11.10.07 @ 10:43am

I venture to guess that in many circles, The Jam were as important as the Pistols. They belong, but Wenner and his cronies wouldn't know good music if their life depended on it.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 10:43am

I agree that the Jam need to be inducted, but saying that they are as important as the Pistols is a bit dubious. But just a bit.

Posted by LLIIAAMM on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 10:46am

They'll probably get in before The Buzzcocks, but in my opinion, it should be the other way round.

I think The Jam are kind of over rated because they're seen as 'propa bwitish punks', but I don't think Paul Weller is as talented as he and lots of people seem to think he is.

Definitely fit the influence bill, however.

Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 03.5.08 @ 16:26pm

I remember hearing "A Town Called Malice" on KBCO out of Boulder (an "alternative" station), and then "My Everchanging Moods" when Weller was with Style Council got a lot of airplay...didn't seem to hear a lot else...

Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 03.5.08 @ 16:35pm

Paul Weller will be inducted at some point. The Jam should have been inducted in their second year at worst, and while the Style Council won't be recognized, Wellers solo career merits induction if the Jam never get in. It would be interesting to see if Buckler and Foxton would show up for the ceremony though.

Posted by michael sconiers on Sunday, 07.20.08 @ 18:26pm

While driving into work today, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the Jam on an FM mainstream station. It was a good four minutes of driving.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 05:02am

While I believe that The Jam should already be in the hollowed halls on the shore of the mistake on the lake, I am concerned that they will continue to be ignored. This is largely due to the Ameri-centric nature of the inductees thus far - The Jam didn't get the respect they deserved in the US until they were long gone.

Posted by Hongro on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 16:12pm

Gonna try and bring the discussion over here so we can keep the Predictions thread more Predictions based.

Ok, I misspoke about the Jam coming after the Clash and Ramones... they were about the same time. My mistake. They didn't break through in the U.S. at any real level until after the Clash or Ramones. However I still maintain that they are not on the same tier as the Clash or Ramones.

IMO, not the most urgent of bands needing induction, but I would vote for them. This was a band that took the ball and made some significant yard gainage. But I wouldn't say they got more than just enough for the first down. That's just my opinion though.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 23:22pm

Philip - I look at the Jam and this subject a little different than you. I agree that they are on a different tier than the Pistols and Clash but for a different reason. I never viewed tham as part of the punk scene. They had their own little niche and were quite successful with it, just not in the states. I believe they heavily influenced the Brit-pop scene of the early 90's. Again, this is just one mans opinion. Aside from the Ramones and the Clash, The Jam were my favorite. But I never really attached them to the Punk scene.

The Jam along with Joy Division and the Cars need to be recognized

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 08.2.09 @ 05:43am

I agree with Dameon. The Jam deserve induction. They were very influencial on Britpop and they were the key band of the short-lived mod revival scene.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 08.2.09 @ 20:03pm

Dameon, I think you are right in that regard. When I hear "That's Entertainment", I hear nothing punk in it. And definitely yes to the Cars, and maybe even to Joy Division (ok, yes to them) as well.

My concern with the Jam, while I would say yes to them, is that their style was a revival style... it's like saying yes to the Squirrel Nut Zippers for their role in the short-lived swing revival scene. (I love SNZ, btw.)

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 08.2.09 @ 23:08pm

Yes. Very influential. Just do the research.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 07.27.10 @ 18:15pm

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- Henry

Posted by rachat credit on Sunday, 10.24.10 @ 11:28am

"My concern with the Jam, while I would say yes to them, is that their style was a revival style... it's like saying yes to the Squirrel Nut Zippers for their role in the short-lived swing revival scene."

Actually it's not like that at all. The Jam influenced everything from post-punk to brit-pop. Likening them to the Squirrel Nut Zippers is downright laughable.

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 11.5.10 @ 21:43pm

In The City is a solid debut on top of everything else.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 02.22.11 @ 10:26am

Actually it's not like that at all. The Jam influenced everything from post-punk to brit-pop. Likening them to the Squirrel Nut Zippers is downright laughable.

Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 11.5.10 @ 21:43pm

Wait.. Who just compared the Jam to the Squirrel Nut Zippers? Somebody get me a rope or chain, a chair and a Celine Dion album.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 04.4.11 @ 14:32pm

Back around 1980 here at Seattle's Showbox these guys put on what is still to this day the best rock and roll show I have ever seen....and I've seen a lot.

Posted by Scotty on Tuesday, 04.10.12 @ 17:09pm

Not serious, not influential, but worst of all "British" is the way the Hall looks at The Jam. Should have been in 10 years ago First Year induction.

Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 18:32pm

It is ridiculous that the Jam is not already in the hall.Especially when one takes into account the inclusion of thier contemporaries both deserving(Clash,Pretenders,Talking Heads)and undeserving(Sex Pistols).While Blondie and the Police may have outsold them,they were essentially the pop music of that era.Also,note that
The Jam's influence and popularity in the U.K.was a phenomenon unseen since the Beatles in the 60's.The Jam's ommission sticks out as a VERY BIG ONE.One which needs to be addressed.

Posted by kelvyn on Monday, 10.5.15 @ 15:29pm

That The Jam was not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility was disappointing, but not surprising. That they are still not in the HOF_ while others far less deserving and even further less influential are in_ is an utter absolute travesty. The Jam might not have resonated with American audiences, but this Midwesterner believes that they are up there with The Beatles, The Clash, The Ramones, The Kinks and The Who as the greatest rock bands EVER.

Posted by Mike Rice on Tuesday, 12.20.16 @ 10:54am

Mike, I like The Jam. Fine rock band and a Hall contender. But to say they are up there with Beatles, Kinks, etc. is freaking nuts, IMO.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 12.20.16 @ 12:42pm

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