A precious piece of British musical heritage

The song “Precious” was a big hit for British punk rock/ mod revival band Jam in 1982. It reached number one on the UK singles chart. The track involving a funk like sound was departure from their punk and mod roots. Mod refers to a subculture that began in London in 1958 and focused on music and fashion. Elements of it remain in popular British culture today.

The Jam were formed in Woking, Surrey and performed together during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Their melodic pop songs had a distinctive English flavour. They were renowned for wearing well tailored suits when the trend was to wear ripped clothes and they injected a number of mainstream 1960’s rock, R & B and new wave influences into their sound. A number of musicians played with them before Paul Weller, lead vocals and guitar, Bruce Foxton, bass guitar and drummer Rick Buckler became the main band members. Past members include Steve Brookes and Dave Waller. Weller wrote and sang most of their original compositions while Foxton’s prominent baselines provided the foundation for many of their songs including the hits “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”, “The Eton Rifles” and “Town Called Malice”. The Jam launched a successful solo career for Weller who went on the form The Style Council.

The group had 18 consecutive top 40 singles in the UK from their debut in 1977 to their break up in 1982, including four number one hits. Their last album, The Gift, in 1982 hit number one on the UK album charts and was a massive commercial success.

Your precious love, that means so much
Will it ever stop or will I just lose touch

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