The Jam - This Is the Modern World

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 Basing Street Studios, London
  • Punk rock
  • mod revival
Length 31:19
Label Polydor
  • Vic Smith
  • 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
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". The front cover photography was by Gered Mankowitz.


Track listing

All songs written by Paul Weller, unless otherwise noted.

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


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
  • 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 super 2383 475 stereo (1977).

Album produced by Vic Smith 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 free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The original inner sleeve is perfectly presented.

The album cover's spine displays average signs of wear.

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