Bruce Foxton Interview
From Woking. England comes three musicians who call themselves "The Jam." Paul Weller (vocals, guitar), Bruce Foxton (bass), and Rick Buckler (drums), played the club circuit in and around London for seven years before signing with Polydor Records. Their fourth and latest album release titled "Setting Sons" will be followed by a U.S. tour.
We spoke with bassist Bruce Foxton.
Q. Bruce, you've stated before that you want to be famous, why?
A. "The Jam" wants to be a very successful group that is accepted all over the world, on our own terms. By that I mean no one is going to manipulate our style of playing.
Q. Do you see any differences between the music being created by American musicians and British musicians?
A. I find it hard to relate to American groups and their lyrics sometimes. British music in general, tends to he a lot more environmental and more about day to day living.
Q. Were you the first group to be labeled "New Wave" because you wore suits and ties?
A. That wasn't the reason. It's just a tag you sell to the media.
We relate to the original ideas of "New Wave" but would like to be associated with our own movement.
Q. Why has "New Wave" music become so popular?
A. It's refreshing. Up until late '76 music had become very stale. The influx of groups that came in on the punk "new wave" scene offered something new.
Q. What kind of venues are "The Jam" doing this tour?
A. 1500-3,000 seat capacity places where we headline. We went out before with "Blue Oyster Cult" and Be Bop Deluxe as a support act and it just wasn't happening. This time over we're doing it our way.
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