More than 25 years after The Jam split up, reunited members are to release their first new material for over a quarter of a century.
Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, who performed as The Jam alongside front man Paul Weller until 1982, have been performing as a spin off group, the decidedly similarly named 'From the Jam'
Bassist Foxton reveals that fans can look forward to an album later this year. However it is unlikely that drummer Rick Buckler will be part of the ambitious project. Talking to our Arts correspondent he said,
"It is true, I agreed to play with Bruce at a few impromptu gigs. To be honest I received an email a few weeks ago saying that he had fallen on hard times. He told me that he was suffering from a life threatening illness and that he needed my support. I obviously could not turn my back on him. I'm not too sure what a 'Baker's Cyst' is but it sounds horrendous. However as for releasing a new Jam album, well that's news to me. I now have a flourishing furniture removal business and would not have time to return to the recording studio. But if the rumour is true then good luck to him."
Foxton however is unlikely to give up on his dream of a Jam revival.
"I know the lads are interested and I have written several song titles for the new album. All I need now is Paul to add some words and music to them and we'll be back on top again. I'm so excited I can hardly breathe."
However fans should not expect Paul Weller, known as the Modfather, to come on board. He recently described the prospect of a Jam reunion as a ' Sad Cabaret' [*].
[*] Not to be confused with iconic 1980's group 'Sad Cafe' whose keyboard player Vic Emerson has just recorded an instrumental version of the classic 'Everyday Hurts'. He hopes to get the band together for one last farewell tour later this year. On discovering that four out of five of the original line up are now serving long term prison sentences , Emerson was characteristically upbeat.
"I assure fans that the original Sad Cafe will rise from the flames with or without any of the other band members."