The Jam - This Is the Modern World

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The Jam - This Is the Modern World
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Studio album by
 The Jam
Released 18 November 1977
Recorded 25 August - 21 September 1977
Studio Basing Street Studios, London
  • Punk rock
Length 31:19
Label Polydor
  • Vic Coppersmith-Heaven
  • Chris Parry
The Jam chronology
In the City
This Is the Modern World
All Mod Cons
Singles from This Is the Modern World
  1. "The Modern World"
    Released: 28 October 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars
Pitchfork 8.0/10
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars
Spin Alternative Record Guide 6/10
The Village Voice B+


  "This Is the Modern World" is the second studio album by British band The Jam, released in November 1977. The album was released less than seven months after their debut album, "In the City", and reached No. 22 in the UK Albums Chart.

Although generally met with negative reviews by music critics upon release, "This Is the Modern World" has been described as being an album "with far more light and shade" than the band's debut album.

The photography for this album was taken by Gered Mankowitz and David Redfearns. The front cover depicts the band standing beneath London's Westway.



Track listing

All tracks written by Pauyl Weller except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Modern World" 2:31
2. "London Traffic" (Bruce Foxton) 1:49
3. "Standards" 2:29
4. "Life from a Window" 2:52
5. "The Combine" 2:20
6. "Don't Tell Them You're Sane" (Bruce Foxton) 3:40
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "In the Street Today" (Paul Weller, Dave Waller) 1:31
2. "London Girl" 2:40
3. "I Need You (For Someone)" 2:41
4. "Here Comes the Weekend" 3:30
5. "Tonight at Noon" 3:01
6. "In the Midnight Hour" (Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett) 1:54
Total length: 31:19

Original US release

  1. "The Modern World"
  2. "All Around the World"
  3. "I Need You (For Someone)"
  4. "London Traffic" (Bruce Foxton)
  5. "Standards"
  6. "Life from a Window"
  7. "In the Midnight Hour" (Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett)
  8. "In the Street, Today" (Paul Weller, Dave Waller)
  9. "London Girl"
  10. "Here Comes the Weekend"
  11. "The Combine"
  12. "Tonight at Noon"
  13. "Don't Tell Them You're Sane" (Bruce Foxton)

The US release had a different track order, included the "censored" single version of "The Modern World", and added the single "All Arond the World" which was released in the UK between their first two albums. "All Around the World" had been their biggest UK hit to date, peaking at No. 13, a placement they would not match until 1979 when "The Eaton Rifles" peaked at No. 3. Thereafter, no domestically released single by The Jam would ever reach a peak position lower than No. 4.

The only single from the album was the censored version of "The Modern World", peaking at No. 36 in the UK singles chart.



The Jam
  • Paul Weller – vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Bruce Foxton – bass guitar, vocals
  • Rick Buckler – drums
  • Bill Smith – art direction, design
  • Gered Mankowitz – front cover photography




The Jam - This Is the Modern World

UK Polydor Records 2383 475 stereo (1977).

Album produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and Chris Parry.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in Very Good+ condition, displaying some minor signs of laminate lift.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The original printed inner/lyric sleeve is excellently presented.

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